Harrogate Town 0 Leyton Orient 3: Sorry Sulphurites now seven winless Yorkshire News

Harrogate Town midfielder Alex Pattison vies for possession with Leyton Orient’s Darren Pratley during Tuesday night’s League Two clash at Wetherby Road. Image: Matt Kirkham

A pair of unforced errors by experienced central midfielder Rory McArdle gifted the visitors two of their goals, the result leaving Simon Weaver’s out-of-form Sulphurites without a League Two victory in seven attempts.

The first half was an entertaining affair, both sides creating some decent chances without capitalizing.

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Orient’s Ruel Sotiriou headed wide early on before Harrogate full-back Lewis Richards moved down the left and forced Lawrence Vigoroux into a decent save at his near post.

Theo Archibald looked ready to break the tie in the 12th minute when he made a low effort past Mark Oxley, only for the ball to bounce off the base of the post.

Oxley then did a great job of denying Sotiriou’s one-on-one, while Mark Beck slipped behind the visiting defense and beat Vigoroux into the ball, however, failing to guide his shot into the open net.

Sotiriou continued to look like a threat, shooting over the head after another deft attack from Oriente, but half-time came with the game still scoreless.

However, the O’s would put their noses forward just five minutes after the restart when McArdle directed what was a direct free header to Alex Pattison. The ball bounced into the path of Aaron Drinan, and he was able to run into goal and pass Oxley at his near post.

Six minutes later, the game ended more or less like a contest as Town were unable to handle a long throw-in from the left and the ball was allowed to bounce off Drinan and into the net.

The Sulphurites bounced back briefly, Jack Diamond saw a shot devoured by Vigoroux, then hit the post, before Alex Pattison took aim and forced the Orient keeper to decently stop it.

But, another unforced error by McArdle, who gave away the ball not once, but twice, in as many seconds gave the capitals a third in the 73rd minute.

His second misplaced pass played Sotiriou cleanly, and the Cyprus youth international finally found his range, launching a cultured finisher over the exposed Oxley.

There was still time for Simon Power to shake the crossbar off Diamond’s cutback when it actually looked easier to score, although that would be as close as the home team would come as Orient substitute Harry Smith almost added a fourth in the unemployment. -Time he shot the post.

Town remain 16th in the League Two standings despite taking just a solitary point from the last 15 on offer.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-22 21:14:40

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