Sky Bet League Two round-up
The region’s two fourth-tier clubs endured mixed fortunes, on Saturday.
Colchester United broke their three-game winless run with a fine 2-1 at mid-table league newcomers, Salford City.
Meanwhile, closer to home, Ross Embleton’s Leyton Orient stumbled to a 2-2 home draw against fellow strugglers, Oldham Athletic.
John McGreal’s U’s were two-up by 41 first-half minutes courtesy of Kwame Poku and Callum Harriott strikes.
Ashley Hunter halved the U’s lead on the stroke of half-time, but despite enduring heavy second-half Ammies’ pressure, the Essex men are still in the play-offs’ boxed seat.
Leyton Orient were seemingly flying after a slow start, with the Latics’ Tom Hamer appearing to get the last touch to O’s new man, Ossu Cissé’s shot from Jordan Maguire-Drew’s 13th-minute flag-kick.
But, within a minute comical Orient defending from another corner saw the diminutive former Manchester United junior, Zak Dearnley prod home.
Clearly, the O’s hadn’t learnt, as Dearnley grabbed an almost identical second goal barely two minutes later.
However, despite producing a laboured display, new signing, Danny Johnson levelled nine minutes after the break to give the jittery O’s a foothold – leaving them a point and a comfortable 17 point advantage over bottom of the table Stevenage – who lost their seventh successive game – 0-2 at play-off outsiders, Crawley Town.