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17 February 2024

Match Reports


17 February 2024

A stirring second half come back from the Brewers made it back-to-back away wins as Martin Paterson’s side beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at the Gaughan Group Stadium.

A tight first half, devoid of much in the way of goal mouth action, saw Albion go behind just before the break from George Moncur’s penalty but a stirring response saw Mason Bennett equalise and Toto Nsiala score in the space of four second half minutes to turn the game on its head and push Albion on towards another important League One victory on their first ever visit to the home of The O’s.

For the second away weekend in a row Paterson opted to keep with the eleven that battled hard for just a third away win of the season at Bristol Rovers. The only change came on the bench where it was a straight swap as Joe Hugill returned to the squad in place of Antwoine Hackford as the Brewers took on an Orient side with only one defeat in their last ten games.

Unsurprisingly for a team in such good form, the home side dominated the early possession as Albion showed plenty of organisation to keep them at arm’s length. A jinking run from Ethan Galbraith, across the edge of the penalty area failed to yield an opening until he found Idris El Mizouni on the left and his curling effort went straight into Max Crocombe’s midriff.

Albion managed to exert some pressure on the Orient box with a couple of free kick chances on twenty minutes, but Joe Powell was thwarted on both occasions.

Ethan Galbraith picked up the first yellow card of the game for a poorly timed challenge on Tolaji Bola as the game hit the 25-minute mark, the left wing back sent flying as he tried to launch a quick raid from out wide.

The Brewers almost crept into the lead on 37 minutes when a corner, needlessly conceded by Rob Hunt was whipped in to the near post by Powell and keeper Sol Brynn awkwardly scrambled the ball away via his shins.

The home side raised the tempo and the pressure on the Burton defence and were awarded a penalty on 42 minutes when Bola upended Shaq Forde, MONCUR calmly slotting home the spot kick.


A lively start to the second half saw home keeper Brynn get slightly lucky as he slipped in trying to take a back pass before Moncur got onto the end of a threaded pass to force Crocombe into a good save moments later.

Tom Hamer went agonisingly close to an equaliser on 50 minutes when Albion kept a set piece alive, Helm returning the ball into the area and the defender reacting quickest to poke the ball across goal and agonisingly wide of the post.

Albion had started to create more in an attacking sense and Helm whipped a low shot across goal on 56 minutes.

And the introduction of Bobby Kamwa just before the hour, for Ciaran Gilligan, added extra impetus to the Brewers forward line.

Moncur again led the charge on an Orient counter gathering in Brynn’s throw out from a corner and bursting deep into the Albion penalty area where Crocombe again denied him.

Albion stung the hosts with an equaliser on 72 minutes as the O’s needlessly surrendered possession in midfield and the Brewers made them pay, Helm finding BENNETT in space on the right and he steadied himself before firing low beyond Brynn.

And it got even better for Albion when they went in front on 76 minutes. Kamwa won a free kick on the left wing and Powell’s delivery was met by NSIALA at close range at the back post.

A double change quickly followed with strike pair Bennett and Ola-Adebomi withdrawn for Rekeem Harper and Kyle Hudlin.

Orient threw themselves forwards, now in need of an eqeualiser themselves and a good chance fell to substitute Max Sanders on 88 minutes swinging his boot at a right wing cross but launching it well over the bar from 15 yards.

With the game in stoppage time another presentable chance went begging for the hosts, another substitute, Ruel Sotiriou , Orient’s late matchwinner in the week, prodding a good chance wide.

Finn Delap came on for the closing moments for Helm as Albion looked to see the game out and it was all hands to the pump as the Brewers soaked up everything the hosts could throw at them for another precious three points.


ALBION: Crocombe; Nsiala, Brayford, Sweeney; Hamer, Gilligan (Kamwa, 59), Powell, Bola; Helm (Delap, 90+3); Bennett (Hudlin, 78), Ola-Adebomi (Harper, 78).

Substitutes: Blackman, Carayol, Hugill.

GOALS: ORIENT – Moncur (43 pen) ; ALBION – Bennett (72), Nsiala (76)

Referee: Paul Howard

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