Havant and Waterlooville
Coulson 13', Lewis (og) 18', Lee 39', Bonne 60'
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
Defeat for the Hawks saw us slip to 22ndafter Dagenham’s win over high flyers Harrogate Town.
Lee Bradbury named six changes from the team that were eliminated in The FA Cup last weekend. Dan Strugnell returned to the side alongside Ed Harris. Brian Stock had recovered from illness and Tyler Corder was back ready for selection after being cup tied last weekend.
A cup defeat of their own saw Justin Edinburgh make five changes of his own. Macauley Bonne celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday with Jobi McAnuff and Marvin Ekpitita providing the Football League experience in the side.
Orient had the first opportunity of the game four minutes in as Clay, unmarked, launched a ball into the penalty area into the path of Macauley Bonne, but before the Orient number 9 could get his shot away, Tarbuck did well to block the ball and clear it from danger.
After an even opening ten minutes to the encounter, Orient then started to excert their authority on the encounter. James Dayton came up with the games first real opportunity as from 20 yards out, had a poke at goal, but the effort went wide of the target.
Minutes later the hosts would take the lead as a free kick from Dayton on the edge of the penalty area is well worked into the penalty area with the initial effort blocked, the ball fell to Josh Coulson who poked the ball home as Brisbane Road erupted.
In the minutes following the goal, the Hawks would have their first opportunity of the game as Ibra Sekajja has a go from the best part of 20 yards out as the Hawks looked for a quick reaction.
But, the home side were rampant and were in the mood for a big statement and they would double their lead just before the 20 minute mark as a second set piece undid Lee Bradbury's side as a corner was worked into the penalty area towards Macauley Bonne who flicked the ball on with the final touch coming from Theo Lewis, a touch which the Dubious Goals committee gave as an own goal.
Orient then strung a few decent chances together in the minutes that followed but nothing that truly troubled Dudzinski in the Hawks goal.
Ten minutes before the interval, the Hawks would have another poke on goal, this time coming from Dan Strugnell, who had a poke from the best part of 35 yards but could only send his effort over.
Minutes before the break Orient would get their third as Charlie Lee picked up on a miscued pass before moving the ball inside and smashing the ball past a helpless Dudzinski to make it three before the interval.
However, it would be the Hawks who would have the final opportunity of the opening period as Will Wood swings a brilliant ball into the penalty area towards Theo Lewis, who heads the ball over.
Lee Bradbury made a change at half time as Alex Bradley replaced Ibra Sekajja.
Six minutes into the second half and the hosts looked to continue where they left off as Jobi McAnuff, who was pulling the strings for the hosts came running through on goal before forcing a good save from Dudzinski.
However, the Hawks were making a good fist of the second period as they looked to try and get back in the game with Will Wood providing some good balls into the penalty area with Bradley Tarbuck coming closest from those opportunities, getting onto the end of the ball but when he got his shot away his effort would be deflected.
Ten minutes into the second period and Macauley Bonne should have made it four, with the post stopping him after driving past the Hawks defence with Ed Harris knocking the ball out for a corner after rebounding off the bar.
Just before the hour mark, Orient would get their fourth as Bonne got his name on the scoresheet with great skill, sending the ball past Dan Strugnell’s legs before playing it to Dayton who teed up Bonne before firing home.
But, the Hawks stayed resilient, not letting off the gas and providing some food for thought for the Orient backline. With 25 minutes to go Will Wood drove forward, evading the O’s backline before firing a cross come shot wide of Brill’s goal.
And then with just over 10 minutes to play it would be Tyler Cordner’s turn to try and chance his luck but he couldn’t flash his effort on target.
The final chance of the game fell to the hosts as again McAnuff ran the show, going for goal from distance, but his effort went way wide of the mark.
Another game to forget for the Hawks as Lee Bradbury’s side as they fall to defeat heavily but to a strong Leyton Orient side who laid down a massive marker to the rest of the National League.
However, the Hawks can gain a quick reaction to the defeat as we host Maidenhead United on Tuesday Night (kick-off 19:45).
Hawks XI: 21. Dudzinski, 2. Strugnell, 4. Stock ©, 6. Harris (Huggins 80’), 8. Lewis, 10. Kabamba, 11. Tarbuck, 12. Cosgrave, 18. Sekajja (Bradley 45’), 19. Wood, 25. Cordner
Attendance: 5,043 (224 Hawks fans)