Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Leyton Orient 1.
Hartlepool United 1-1 Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient saw their lead at the top of the National League cut to a single point as they were held to a draw at Hartlepool.
Pools made a lively start, but fell behind to the first noteworthy opportunity of the game when Jobi McAnuff's low shot from the edge of the box took a heavy deflection to beat goalkeeper Scott Loach.
Macauley Bonne failed to make the most of a Loach error and it was all-square in first-half stoppage-time when good work from Luke James set up strike partner Nicke Kabamba who slotted in.
Peter Kioso should have done better with a free header from a corner, James volleyed wide, and Josh Hawkes fired in a tame shot as Hartlepool started the second half brightly.
They spurned the chance to go in front from the penalty spot just before the hour when substitute Liam Noble's spot-kick was saved by Dean Brill.
Loach then made a fine save to deny McAnuff as Hartlepool held on for a deserved point.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 7DonaldsonBooked at 90mins
- 17AndersonSubstituted forCunninghamat 87'minutes
- 21MolyneuxBooked at 40minsSubstituted forNobleat 44'minutes
- 3WiddowsonBooked at 58mins
- 22LeeSubstituted forLawlessat 81'minutes
- 7McAnuffBooked at 76mins
- 18HarroldSubstituted forAlabiat 69'minutes
- Martin Woods
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Leyton Orient 1.
Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Aaron Cunningham replaces Myles Anderson.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Alex Lawless replaces Charlie Lee.
Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. James Alabi replaces Matt Harrold.
Joe Widdowson (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Leyton Orient 1.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Leyton Orient 1.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Leyton Orient 1. Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Liam Noble replaces Luke Molyneux.
Luke Molyneux (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Leyton Orient 1. Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.