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Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient
Jevani Brown’s brace confirmed Colchester United’s fifth Sky Bet League Two victory of the season, although the U’s had to dig deep to see off a dogged Leyton Orient outfit at the JobServe Community Stadium.
Confidence was sky-high amongst Steve Ball’s charges following Tuesday’s EFL Trophy demolition of Southend United. And despite shuffling the pack again, that adage that winning breeds confidence was evident as the U’s recorded their second derby success in a week.
Jobi McAnuff tested Dean Gerken from distance in the opening minutes. But it was the home side who swiftly opened the scoring. Brown bagging his tenth goal of the season – racing clear before neatly beating O’s stopper, Lawrence Vigouroux from ten yards – Michael Folivi providing the opportunity with a slide-rule pass.
Boosted by the early goal, Colchester stroked the ball around with a little more confidence. Harry Pell’s speculative attempt was deflected behind. Meanwhile, Gerken had to be on his toes to claw out Jordan Thomas’s stinging strike as O’s provided a meaningful threat of their own.
Orient’s best moments largely circled Jobi McAnuff – the 39-year-old providing energy and imagination as the East Londoners looked to retrieve the situation. The Jamaican international went close shortly before the break. His right-footed attempt deflected over as Colchester remained resolute.
Vigouroux twice stood his ground to thwart Brown as Colchester looked to put daylight between the sides after the restart. The O’s meanwhile threw leading marksman, Danny Johnson into the fray – the frontman perhaps a surprise exclusion from Ross Embleton’s starting line-up.
Vigouroux used his feet to deny Folivi as Colchester continued to edge the shot-count but not possession. But the Camden-born keeper could do little to prevent Brown and the U’s doubling their tally – the 26-year-old sweeping home from close range after Orient had failed to clear Cohen Bramall’s centre.
Sam Ling’s late strike gave Orient hope with a late deflected effort. Colchester’s victory moved them up amongst the play-off places, while Orient frustratingly continue to tread water in midtable.
Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Friday, November 20 when they face Mansfield Town at the One-Call Stadium (7pm). Meanwhile, Leyton Orient takes on Harrogate Town at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday 21 (3pm).
Colchester United: Dean Gerken, Miles Welch-Hayes, Cohen Bramall, Tommy Smith, Courtney Senior (Paris Cowan-Hall 89’), Harry Pell, Jevani Brown (Luke Norris 86’), Noah Chilvers, Tom Eastman, Kwame Poku, Michael Folivi (Josh Bohui 83’) Subs not used: Shamal George (GK), Omar Sowunmi, Ryan Clampin, Marley Marshall Miranda
Booked: Miles Welch-Hayes (time-wasting)
Goals: Jevani Brown 10’, 72’
Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Ouss Cisse, Dan Happe, Josh Coulson, Jobi McAnuff, Conor Wilkinson, Jordan Thomas (Sam Ling 78’), James Brophy, Louis Dennis, Olatunji Akinola (Danny Johnson 54’), Hector Kyprianou (Jordan Maguire-Drew 68’) Subs not used: Sam Sargent (GK), Joe Widdowson, James Dayton, Josh Wright
Goals: Sam Ling 89’
Assistants: A. Aylott and J.Vallance
Fourth Official: D. Blunden