Leaders Orient Cruise Past Lacklustre Bradford
Leyton Orient rolled over a disappointing Bradford side 3-0 to maintain their five point lead at the summit. Goals from Charlie Kelman, Tom James and Theo Archibald resulted in a commanding performance for Richie Wellens’ men.
The West Yorkshire side made the trip down the M1 for an early kick off in E10. And it was Mark Hughes’ team who got off the better start, with the hosts being put under some pressure in early stages.
The visitors had two penalty shouts turned down and a dangerous free kick which in-form Andy Cook could not quite get on the end of.
But it was the home side that broke the deadlock after 24 minutes through American Kelman who rounded keeper Lewis and found the net. Some high pressing from Orient meant they won the ball in the opposing half and Archibald played through Kelman who remained composed and took his chance.
Just eight minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead after another unbelievable finish from right back Tom James. He received the ball on the edge of the area from a corner and then sublimely found the top left-hand corner with his weak foot.
The O’s were in full command and went into the break two goals to the good. In the second half, the Bantams struggled to pose any real threat to the Orient back line meaning Vigouroux had little to do in between the sticks.
Consequently, the game was put to bed five minutes from time as substitute Sotiriou fired home from point blank range after a pinball in the Bradford penalty area. Wellens will be ecstatic with his side's quality after a shaky start in what was a ruthless display against a Bradford side who were 4th going into the day.
Orient extended their lead to the pack as it is now 14 points between them and 4th place Barrow.
Mark Hughes’ City drop down to sixth in what is a tight playoff race 20 games in.
Leyton travel back up to Crewe next weekend after their FA Cup loss there at the beginning of November. Bradford, meanwhile, play next Sunday as they travel back down south to Kent to face Gillingham.