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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 October 2005, 20:32 GMT 21:32 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Leyton Orient v Mansfield
Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground

BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's are some reports from the League Two match between Leyton Orient and Mansfield.

Leyton Orient 3-1 Mansfield

Dorothy Shelton

Leyton Orient continued their good start to the season secruing second place in the league with a 3-1 win over struggling Mansfield.

Orient got off to a good start with a goal 16 minutes into the game. Joe Keith secured a goal from a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Orient continued to dominate throughout the first half and in the 57th minute were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Mansfield box. Matthew Lockwood's shot was fumbled by the keeper and it was left to captain Gary Alexander to put Orient 2-0 up.

In the 64th minute Mansfield's hopes were raised with a goal from Giles Coke. A deflected shot from Simon Browne was headed home by the determined midfielder.

Both teams made substitutions in the 74th minute and young Efe Echanomi settled the game for Orient with a great run from his first touch to slot home past Kevin Pressman.

Echanomi celebrated with his trademark somersaults as he helped Orient's progression up the table.

After the match manager Martin Ling said he was satisfied with the performance even though it wasn't perfect. Nine points in seven days would satisfy most.

Nicole Fearon

Leyton Orient moved up to second place in the league with a 3-1 win over bottom-placed Mansfield.

Orient started well by scoring within 16 minutes of the game with Joe Keith's close-range shot.

Orient were on top of the game for the rest of the first half as Mansfield failed to convert any of their three chances.

Mansfield came out all guns blazing in the second half but Orient doubled their lead in the 57th minute. A free-kick from Matthew Lockwood was fumbled by Kevin Pressman and Gary Alexander slotted it home.

Mansfield Town tried desperately to get back into the game and had a few good chances. The pressure soon paid off when Simon Buxton had a shot which hit the crossbar for Giles Coke to pounce and score.

Efe Echanomi came on as a substitute for Orient in the 74th minute and scored with his first touch.

Manager Martin Ling said that the team have improved in the last few games but still have work to do. However, the 4,000 home fans will be happy with nine points in seven days.

Luther Whittaker

Leyton Orient got another vital win to help put pressure on table toppers Grimsby - Saturday`s three points putting Orient within a point of the leaders.

Early in the game Orient took the lead with a goal scored by Joe Keith to the delight of the 4,000 fans.

Mansfield's fans were vocal in the second half to try and encourage their team and Town did up their game.

Orient captain Gary Alexander scored his seventh goal in six games in the 57th minute to double Orient's lead but the home side still didn't look safe.

In the 68th minute Mansfield got a goal back in the hope of at least getting a point.

However, Orient substitute Efe Echanomi scored just seconds after coming on in the 74th minute.

He was one on one with goalkeeper Kevin Pressman and used his left foot to slot the ball home.

Orient's biggest home crowd of the season may have gone home happy but manager Martin Ling knows better than to be over confident. This time last season Orient sat top of the table...they ended up in mid table mediocrity.

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