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Leyton Orient move seven points clear with home win against Sutton
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Paul Smyth celebrates Orient’s opener (Kieran Cleeves/PA)
Paul Smyth celebrates Orient’s opener (Kieran Cleeves/PA)

Leyton Orient extended their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two to seven points as a Paul Smyth stunner and Alastair Smith own goal secured a 2-0 win at home to Sutton.

Smyth opened the scoring after 61 minutes when he collected a pass from Theo Archibald and lashed the ball into the top-right corner from 20 yards for his ninth goal of the season.

The outcome was settled by an own goal in the 79th minute. A Tom James throw-in from the right was helped on by Omar Beckles and Smith deflected the ball into his own net.

Sutton created little throughout the match to unsettle a tight Orient defence.

A scrappy first half provided few chances, although Archibald, who was a constant threat, almost broke the deadlock just after the half-hour.

Charlie Kelman was felled on the edge of the area and Archibald beat the wall and goalkeeper with his free-kick but saw the ball crash against the underside of the crossbar before being scrambled to safety.


League TwoLeyton OrientSutton United
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