Lucas Akins' goal separated the sides in a dour clash between Leyton Orient and Stevenage in League One.

The O's failed to clear James Dunne's free-kick, and Akins was on hand to fire a low, 20-yard drive through a crowded goalmouth and into the net.

Michael Symes' had the hosts' best chance but he headed wide when well-placed to score.

Marcus Haber should have added a second for the visitors but he failed to connect with Darius Charles' cross.

VIEWS FROM THE TRAINING GROUND

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"To win a game early on in the season, however it comes, gives everybody that little bit of confidence and gets us moving in the right direction.

"First half, I thought we managed the game well, some good possession, some good choices - when to go long, when to play short.

"When you look at the number of new bodies we've got in the side there's always going to be that odd decision that doesn't quite fit and piece of the puzzle that doesn't quite work.

"But at the moment the guys are doing a fabulous job of keeping the development and progression (of the team) going."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Leyton Orient

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sawyer Booked
  • 04 Chorley
  • 06 Baudry
  • 15 Clarke
  • 07 Cox
  • 08 Griffith Booked
  • 11 Smith (Odubajo - 62' )
  • 23 James
  • 10 Symes
  • 39 Mooney (Obafemi - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Allsopp
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 14 Laird
  • 17 Odubajo
  • 18 Lobjoit
  • 20 Obafemi
  • 26 Brunt

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Gray Booked
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 07 Grant
  • 08 Dunne
  • 32 Shroot (Tansey - 46' )
  • 09 Haber (Thalassitis - 89' )
  • 11 Akins
  • 15 Freeman (Morais - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 12 Furlonge
  • 29 Ngala
  • 06 Tansey
  • 10 Morais
  • 17 Ball
  • 19 Thalassitis
Ref: Rushton
Att: 3,564

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

6 3

Corners

5 0

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Gary Sawyer. Lucas Akins takes the free kick.

88:04 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Michael Thalassitis coming on for Marcus Haber.

87:17

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Sawyer from the right by-line, Header from close in by Nathan Clarke bounces off the post.

85:35

Foul by Marcus Haber on Ben Chorley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Jones.

85:03

Chris Day takes the free kick.

85:03 Booking

Booking Gary Sawyer is given a yellow card.

84:38

Gary Sawyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Greg Tansey.

84:07

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Sawyer from the right by-line, clearance by Jon Ashton.

82:52

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Sawyer, Nathan Clarke takes a shot. Jon Ashton gets a block in.

82:16

Handball decision goes against Lucas Akins. Jamie Jones restarts play with the free kick.

78:50

Michael Symes takes a shot. Chris Day makes a comfortable save.

76:31

Anthony Grant concedes a free kick for a foul on Moses Odubajo. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lloyd James, Darius Charles manages to make a clearance.

75:28 Substitution

Substitution David Mooney goes off and Afolabi Obafemi comes on.

73:43

Nathan Clarke challenges Marcus Haber unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Dunne takes the direct free kick.

71:42 Substitution

Substitution Luke Freeman leaves the field to be replaced by Filipe Morais.

71:42

David Mooney has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

70:13

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

68:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Grant on Moses Odubajo. Gary Sawyer produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Chris Day makes a comfortable save.

65:49

The official flags Michael Symes offside. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

63:06

Dean Cox crosses the ball in from the free kick, blocked by David Mooney.

63:06 Booking

Booking David Gray booked.

62:42

Moses Odubajo fouled by David Gray, the ref awards a free kick.

61:30 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Moses Odubajo.

61:00

Michael Symes takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

59:01

Marcus Haber has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

56:41

Header from close range by Mathieu Baudry misses to the right of the goal.

56:12

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Sawyer. Direct free kick taken by Dean Cox.

54:51

James Dunne takes a shot. Ben Chorley gets a block in. Anthony Grant has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

54:24

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

52:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Anthony Griffith. James Dunne crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

51:26

Lloyd James concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Jon Ashton takes the free kick.

51:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Gray on Michael Symes. Gary Sawyer takes the free kick.

48:29

Mathieu Baudry challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Ashton.

46:59

Greg Tansey takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Chorley.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tansey on for Robin Shroot.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:45

Dean Cox takes a shot. Blocked by David Gray. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Sawyer from the right by-line, David Mooney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Day.

37:24

Jimmy Smith challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darius Charles takes the direct free kick.

34:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by James Dunne. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

33:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Smith. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

32:07

Unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Ben Chorley results in a free kick. Luke Freeman takes the free kick.

31:05

Michael Symes has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

26:27

Michael Symes challenges Jon Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Ashton.

25:51

Jimmy Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant. Direct free kick taken by James Dunne.

22:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Lucas Akins - Leyton O 0 - 1 Stevenage Lucas Akins scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Leyton Orient 0-1 Stevenage.

22:14

James Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

22:14 Booking

Booking Anthony Griffith is shown a yellow card.

21:56

Unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Anthony Griffith results in a free kick.

20:22

Jon Ashton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Mooney. Strike comes in from Gary Sawyer from the free kick, save by Chris Day.

13:11

Dean Cox takes a outswinging corner to the near post, James Dunne manages to make a clearance.

10:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Sawyer by Lucas Akins. Free kick taken by Jamie Jones.

10:01

David Mooney is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darius Charles.

8:08

James Dunne challenges Jimmy Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary Sawyer from right channel, Dean Cox manages to make a clearance.

6:56

Michael Symes challenges David Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Gray takes the direct free kick.

4:43

Anthony Grant fouled by Gary Sawyer, the ref awards a free kick. Darius Charles takes the direct free kick.

3:18

Mathieu Baudry challenges Robin Shroot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

2:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Freeman on Mathieu Baudry. Direct free kick taken by Dean Cox.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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