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Monday 1st January

Home V Orient - National League


It was a cold New Year’s Day in Essex as the return fixture between east London rivals Dagenham and Leyton Orient was highly anticipated. Orient got proceedings underway at Victoria Road and it was them who had the quicker start despite not playing too well. Cousins received a scare early on as Koroma’s volley from the edge unexpectedly led to Cousins tipping it over the bar. Bloomfield tried to get some life into Dagenham’s play as his run led to a throw in the visitors’ half. Clay went in late on Trinidad & Tobago international Andre Boucad however escaped a booking.

A good move from the hosts led to an Orient goal kick and another good passage of play led to Sparkes’ effort going straight into the hands of Brill. Up the other end however Bonne looked 1 on 1 but a great piece of defending by Robson prevented the Orient attacker from putting it past Cousins. Dagenham looked under the cosh but that pressure was relieved when Dayt…