Halifax Town v Leyton Orient, 02 September 2000

Score2-2
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueThe Shay
Attendance1,592
Halifax's awful start to the season appeared to be heading to crisis point when unbeaten Leyton raced into a two goal lead with only a quarter of the game gone. In the end, Town came within an ace of an unlikely first win with a performance described by Mark Lillis as the best since he became manager in June 1999. The tide turned when Gerry Harrison scored with a 30 yard scorcher with his much weaker left foot. The Shaymen then drew level when Steve Kerrigan was left unmarked from Alan Reilly's quick free kick from the right. Indifferent defending had given Orient their early double. Town failed to deal with Ahmet Brkovic's left wing corner and Dean Smith scored with a free header. More indecision led to the second. Nicky Shorey's deep free kick from the left was headed on by Brkovic for Carl Griffiths to net from close range. The ease of their early progress seemed a long way away as the Os had to desperately cling on to a point.

Goals:

Gerry Harrison 51 G
Steve Kerrigan 69 G

Goals:

Dean Smith 11 G
Carl Griffiths 21 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tony Parks
Defender/Centre back Graham Mitchell
Defender/Centre back Paul Stoneman
Defender/Full back Mark Bradshaw
Defender/Left back Mark Jules
Midfielder Gerry Harrison
Midfielder Craig Middleton
Midfielder Alan Reilly
Forward Ian Fitzpatrick
Forward Gary Jones
Forward Steve Kerrigan

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ashley Bayes
Defender/Right back Matt Joseph
Defender/Centre back Dean Smith
Defender/Midfielder Andy Harris
Defender/Midfielder David McGhee
Defender/Left back Nicky Shorey
Midfielder Ahmet Brkovic
Midfielder Richard Garcia
Midfielder Johnny Martin
Midfielder Wim Walschaerts
Forward Carl Griffiths

Substitutions:

Ian Richards for Mark Jules 45
Robbie Painter for Alan Reilly 75

Substitutions:

Steve Watts for Ahmet Brkovic 72
Iyseden Christie for Johnny Martin 72

Cards:

Gerry Harrison 30 Y
Paul Stoneman 38 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Midfielder Robbie Painter
Midfielder Ian Richards

On the bench:

Forward Steve Watts

Comments:

Halifax ended a run of five consecutive defeats by the Os. League position: 22nd

Comments:

This was only the third draw in 15 league meetings. Orient have won eight of them. League Position: 2nd