Leyton Orient 4 Guiseley 1: Lions pay the penalty as manager search continues

Guiseley captain Danny Lowe: Helped select the team.Guiseley captain Danny Lowe: Helped select the team.
Guiseley captain Danny Lowe: Helped select the team.
Managerless Guiseley left Leyton Orient empty handed despite a promising start.

After taking the lead, Guiseley conceded two penalties just before half-time and went on to concede twice more in the second-half.

The team had been selected by members of the coaching staff and captain Danny Lowe following the midweek dismissal of Adam Lockwood and assistant Dave Penney.

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The game plan of the stand-in ‘committee’ proved effective for large parts of the first-half and after the defeat Lowe said: “The attitude of the lads was top-class. We had that chance when we went a goal up but to concede two penalties in such a quick fashion affected us.

“It was an honour to take a role in the game and we knew it would be tough, we gave it our all and were just a bit unfortunate with how we lost the opening goals.”

Orient almost took an early lead when Guiseley goalkeeper Joe Green had a clearance blocked by Macauley Bonne and the ball trickled across the face of goal.

Guiseley’s Lee Molyneux produced a fine effort from 25 yards before they broke forward and a fine well-worked move ended up with Kayode Odejayi having a tap-in for the Lions’ first away goal of the season.

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The hosts, though, were back level moments later when a penalty was awarded for hands and Bonne made no mistake from the spot.

Then, with the next attack, Orient had another penalty when David Mooney went down easily under a challenge from Marcus Williams and Bonne went the same way with his spot-kick, which had too much power and went in.

The second half began like the first with Orient having chances but nothing clear cut. That changed when Matt Harrold scored with a header just a minute after coming on for his debut.

Bonne grabbed his hat-trick when a long ball over the top fell perfectly for him to run onto and score.

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Guiseley are hopeful they will be naming their new manager before the game against Eastleigh on Saturday.

Leyton Orient: Grainger; Caprice, Coulson, Elokobi, Widdowson; Dayton, Clay, Ochieng (Sendles-White 80), McAnuff, Mooney (Harrold 60) Bonne (Koroma 83). Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Judd.

Guiseley: Green, Williams, Lowe, Palmer, East, Molyneux, Purver, Rooney (Thompson 65) Hatfield, Hurst, Odejayi (Mulhern 63). Unused substitutes: Brown, Lawlor, Atkinson.

Referee: G Parsons.

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