Kitchen buoyed by stylish O’s

Leyton Orient v Grimsby Town – Sky Bet League Two – Brisbane Road – Reaction

Leyton Orient 2-0 Grimsby Town

George Moncur’s second-half penalty, followed by a stunning strike from Tom James confirmed three opening day Sky Bet League Two points on what was an emotional afternoon at Brisbane Road.

The Orient family celebrated the life of Yellow Sports football writer, Rowland Lyons, ahead of kick-off. Then, much to the delight of a sizable audience. the East Londoners produced a professional performance to see off newly promoted Grimsby Town.

Former O’s frontman, Peter Kitchen shared the fan’s optimism: “With so much positivity at the club both behind the scenes and on the field, going into the new season, the O’s needed to get off to a winning start and Richie Wellens’ men didn’t disappoint,” Kitchen enthused.

“The contest could have provided a potential shock, The visitors clearly came to get something from the game, but the O’s started very positively, on the offensive and took the game to their opponents and they created several opportunities before the break. 

“Just after the break, we got the breakthrough, thanks to George’s penalty. Incredibly, we had missed our last five! Indeed, it was the first we have converted in over one hundred games. That lit the touch paper.

“Tom James killed the game seven minutes later with a contender for Goal of the Season. The full-back’s stunning thirty-yard volley simply flew into the net, via the underside of the bar. There was no way back for Grimsby after that. The clean sheet was a bonus.”

Kitchen continued: “I’m absolutely delighted with both the result and the all-round performance. We took the game to the Mariners from the start and screamed out that we mean business this season. I’m sure the fans are all in agreement. 

“In front of a bumper crowd of more than 8,500, we put in a winning performance, sending the Brisbane Road faithful ecstatic. 

“O’s looked balanced, creative and well organised. The win will have given the team a massive lift. There is excitement, expectation and optimism amongst everyone connected with the club.

“Everything is moving in the right direction. Along with various ground improvements, new kit manufacturers and an extension to the shirt sponsorship deal backed by England captain, Harry Kane, the new investment in the squad with new signings, new contracts given to several players and contract extensions to others, we have added more depth and quality to what already was the nucleus of a decent group. 

“I wouldn’t speculate on anything after only one game, but we now need to build on this next week at Crawley. Build momentum and confidence. Show that this wasn’t a one-off but the start of something special.”

Brian Jeeves