RED-HOT O’S STING BEES!

Eleven un­beaten for Ed­in­burgh’s men as Still be­moans patchy Bar­net

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By DAVID RICHARD­SON

LEYTON ORI­ENT la­belled the fix­ture Retro Day and this per­for­mance, which sent them third in the National League, was cer­tainly a throw­back to the good old days at Bris­bane Road.

It wasn’t straight­for­ward but by full-time ev­ery Ori­ent pass was ac­com­pa­nied with an olé as they re­main un­beaten af­ter 11 games.

Wes Fonguck’s first-half equaliser for Bar­net made sure the home side weren’t go­ing to have it all their own way af­ter Josh Coul­son opened the scor­ing af­ter 11 min­utes.

But sub­sti­tute James Alabi made a big im­pact in the sec­ond half, as James Day­ton and then Ma­cauley Bonne struck the telling blows.

“We started well and were fairly com­fort­able in pos­ses­sion but we knew at half-time we had to take it up a notch,” said as­sis­tant coach Ross Embleton. “We did that in the sec­ond half and went from strength to strength.

“When­ever we’ve tried to close a game out or up the

in­ten­sity to go on and win it, what­ever the mo­tive has been from the bench in terms of the de­ci­sions the gaffer (Justin Ed­in­burgh) makes to put peo­ple on, the boys have come on and ex­e­cuted. Dale Gor­man and James Alabi de­serve huge credit for com­ing on and turn­ing that game.”

A crowd of 5,607 gath­ered for this London derby, many of whom donned vin­tage shirts with the day ded­i­cated to Ori­ent nos­tal­gia. Noth­ing was dif­fer­ent about Ed­in­burgh’s side, how­ever, as his start­ing XI re­mained un­changed for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive game.

Cen­tre-back Coul­son bagged the opener af­ter Char­lie Lee headed McAnuff’s free-kick across goal and Bonne should have made it two with a closerange header, but goal­keeper Mark Cousins saved bril­liantly.

It proved to be the turn­ing point of the first half when, four min­utes later, David Tu­tonda chested down Ch­eye Alexan­der’s de­liv­ery and Fonguck struck a de­li­cious half-vol­ley lev­eller from the edge of the box into the cor­ner.

From there the sides can­celled each other out un­til the much-needed in­tro­duc­tion of Alabi and Gor­man on the hour mark. Eight min­utes later, Clay laid the ball on to Day­ton and he shaped up El­liot John­son be­fore send­ing a su­perb curl­ing ef­fort into the top cor­ner. With Ori­ent in full flow, Alabi’s blushes were spared by the off­side flag as he missed an

open goal be­fore Day­ton dragged wide.

Alabi then missed his kick when Day­ton pulled back from the by­line but it wasn’t to mat­ter as the in­dus­tri­ous Bonne soon wrapped up the points, af­ter turn­ing in the re­bound from his orig­i­nal shot that hit a post, fol­low­ing more good work from McAnuff.

“For an hour I thought we were ex­cel­lent, I thought we were out­stand­ing,” said Bar­net boss John Still. “I thought we were in rea­son­able con­trol of the game and I think ten min­utes of neg­a­tive play, square passes in our own half when we haven’t got to play square passes, we gave them the op­por­tu­nity to score goals against us.

“We’re not Barcelona, we’re not Manch­ester City, we’re not In­ter Mi­lan, we’re not Paris Saint Ger­main, we’re Bar­net and we have to play as a team from the start to the fin­ish of the game, we haven’t got in­di­vid­u­als who can win games on their own. The team has to win the game; the team has to func­tion. For an hour the team func­tioned but that’s not good enough.”

STAR MAN: Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Ori­ent) ATT: 5,607 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Peter Gib­bons 8/10

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTO

EX­PRESS FORM: James Day­ton cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Ori­ent’s sec­ond goal

THREE AND EASY: Ma­cauley Bonne, left, is mobbed af­ter scor­ing

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