Leyton Orient extended their lead at the top of League Two to seven points as a stunning Paul Smith goal and Alastair Smith own goal secured a 2-0 win at home to Sutton.
Smith opened the scoring after 61 minutes when he collected a pass from Theo Archibald and slotted the ball into the top right corner from 20 yards for his ninth goal of the season.
The score was decided by an own goal in the 79th minute. Omar Pickles assisted Tom James’s throw-in from the right and Smith fired the ball into his own net.
Sutton made little throughout the game to shake up the tight East defence.
A poor first half provided few chances, although Archibald, always a threat, nearly broke the deadlock after half an hour.
Charlie Kellman fell on the edge of the area and Archibald beat the wall and the goalkeeper with a free kick but saw the ball hit the underside of the crossbar before sprinting to safety.
Match report provided by PA Media
formation – formation 4-4-2
- 11ArchibaldBooked in 89 minutes
- 18Bratleyreplaced withChasein a 56 ‘Session minutes
- 15El MizouniBooked in 2 minutesreplaced withclayin a 67 ‘Session minutes
- 7smithreplaced withSotiriouin a 77 ‘Session minutes
- 40Duke McKenna
formation – formation 4-5-1
- 1Has risen
- 6JohnBooked in 32 minutes
- 24I loved
- 20Neufvillereplaced withHartin a 90 + 3′Session minutes
- 10Beautymanreplaced withFdahonsein a 67 ‘Session minutes
- 11Randall Horinreplaced withjumpinin a 76 ‘Session minutes
- 9pugillreplaced withKouassiin a 90 + 2′Session minutes
- to rule:
- Carl Brook
The match is over, Leyton Orient 2, Sutton United 0.
The second half ended, Leyton Orient 2, Sutton United 0.
Craig Clay (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Killian Kwasi (Sutton United).
Substitution, Sutton United. Sam Hart replaces Josh Neufville.
Substitution, Sutton United. Killian Kwasi replaces Omar Bougiel.
Rob Hunt (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Neufville (Sutton United).
Attempt is prohibited. Ruel Sotirio (Leyton Orient) is blocked with a left foot from outside the penalty area. With assistance from Theo Archibald.
Theo Archibald (Leyton Orient) has been shown the yellow card.
Corner, Leyton Orient. Against him is Craig Eastmond.
Ruel Soterio (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the offensive half.
Foul by Alistair Smith (Sutton United).
Own goal by Alistair Smith, Sutton United. Leyton Orient 2, Sutton United 0.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Ruel Sotirio replaces Paul Smith.
Substitution, Sutton United. Luke Gambin replaces Will Randall.
Tom James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Kesey (Sutton United).
Foul by Omar Pickles (Leyton Orient).
Will Randall (Sutton United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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