Leyton Orient climbed up to third in the National League after a 1-0 win at Maidenhead United this afternoon.

The visitors got off to a superb start after Macauley Bonne headed them into an early lead.

Orient had chances to score again while the hosts also put them under pressure towards the end but Steve Davis’ side held on to claim a hard-earned three points at York Road.

The O’s made two changes to the side which drew on Saturday with midfielder Romauld Boco coming in for Jobi McAnuff. Josh Koroma was also handed a start up front in place of David Mooney.

Orient took the lead after just six minutes when James Dayton’s cross was headed past goalkeeper Carl Pentney by Bonne.

The O’s were looking very comfortable in the first half hour and went close from Boco’s dipping half-volley which just cleared the Maidenhead crossbar.

United’s first effort on target came through striker Dave Tarpey but his free-kick was easily held by goalkeeper Charlie Grainger.

The hosts almost equalised before the break when Sean Marks robbed George Elokobi of the ball and cut inside the area but his low shot was well saved by Grainger.

Orient spurned a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half when Dayton teed up Koroma but his strike was parried by Pentney.

United responded and went close through midfielder James Comley after his shot from distance narrowly cleared the bar.

The O’s produced a dangerous counter-attack with Boco combining with Koroma but the forward’s strike flew just past the far post.

Maidenhead almost levelled the contest after Harry Pritchard’s shot was charged down but the follow-up from Marks was saved by Grainger.

Orient made a double substitution in the 64th minute with Mooney and McAnuff brought on in place of Koroma and Dayton.

The visitors made their final change with the introduction of midfielder Henry Ochieng for Boco.

There was a scare for the hosts when Pentney brought down Ochieng outside the area but the keeper was only shown a yellow card.

Substitute Sam Barratt had a chance in the closing stages for United but he could not steer his close-range header on target.

Barratt tried his luck late on from just inside the O’s half but his ambitious effort just cleared the crossbar.

There were five minutes of injury time at the end of the contest and Orient nearly clinched the win but Bonne’s cross-shot just eluded Mooney.

Tarpey had a late chance to snatch a point for Maidenhead but he was twice denied by last-ditch blocks and the O’s held on to claim a precious away win.

Maidenhead United: Pentney; Clerima, Inman (Goodman, 56), Massey, Steer (Barratt, 79); Odametey, Comley, Upward (Clifton, 65), Pritchard; Marks, Tarpey

Subs not used: Smith, Mulley

Leyton Orient: Grainger; Caprice, Coulson, Elokobi, Widdowson; Dayton (McAnuff, 64), Clay, Lawless, Boco (Ochieng, 75); Bonne, Koroma (Mooney, 64)

Subs not used: Sargeant, Sendles-White

Referee: Richard Hulme

Attendance: 2,544