In-form Leyton Orient were beaten 1-0 at home by promotion-chasing Forest Green who picked up their first win in five League Two matches.

Nicky Cadden’s first-half goal settled the contest as Orient finished the match with 10 men after Dan Happe was sent off in the 64th minute, having picked up two bookings in the space of 11 minutes.

Jamille Matt and Aaron Collins spurned early chances for the visitors before Cadden showed the way after 23 minutes when he ran on to a pass from Baily Cargill and slipped his shot low into the corner.

Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux was nearly caught out by an audacious 45-yard free-kick by Cargill, while at the opposite end Connor Wilkinson beat keeper Lewis Thomas but his shot was cleared off the line by Chris Stokes.

The home side began with more spirit after the break and Wilkinson beat three defenders in the area but was then dispossessed before he could shoot.

But Ebou Adams and substitute Josh Davison went close to extending the advantage for the visitors, who were good value for their win.

The result was a blow to Orient’s hopes of improving their own promotion prospects after they had won seven of their last eight games at home in the league.

Boss Ross Embleton said: “It was a frustrating afternoon and we didn’t quite hit the levels we wanted to.

“But it is right to say that I think we need to realise we are human beings and we do have off days sometimes. At the moment I feel like we look like a really good team when we win, but when we don’t we are not anywhere near where we need to be.

“So we need to try and bring that gap closer for consistency in our performances.

“I haven’t seen the goal back but we looked overloaded and did not deal well enough and it looked that it was a poor goal to concede, so I am disappointed.”