Date: 30th January 2006 at 3:27pm
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Despite the heartbreaking defeat to Charlton on Saturday, the skies should be full of optimism after the weekend’s action in League Two. Wycombe needed a last gasp equaliser to draw at home to Stockport whilst Grimsby and Carlisle both suffered defeats. Meanwhile, Northampton continued their terrific run with a 2-0 win at Bury and climbed above the O’s into fourth place.

Wycombe remain a point clear of 2nd place Carlisle after a 1-1 draw against bottom of the league Stockport. Ian Stonebridge managed an 89th minute equaliser to save the Chairboys from a rather embarrassing defeat. Grimsby meanwhile are really starting to feel the pressure as they succumbed to 2-1 home defeat against play-off chasing Peterborough. Peterborough who have suspended their manager, Mark Wright, fell behind to a Michael Reddy strike before coming back to win through Peter Gain and Danny Crow. Grimsby stay in third, although they have played 2 more games than Orient and are just two points ahead.

Carlisle found themselves 3-0 down at half time against Macclesfield. The Cumbrian outfit were beaten by goals from Swailes, McIntyre and Whitaker. Carlisle stay in second, one point behind Wycombe but having played a game more. They are two points ahead of Orient who have 2 games in hand over them.

Northampton took over fourth position thanks to a 2-0 win at Bury. Northampton had an Anthony Parrish own goal and an Andy Kirk strike to thank for the victory. They now have 49 points as do Orient, but the O’s have a game in hand.

Orient’s next opponents, Bristol Rovers, were beaten 1-0 at Lincoln City. Gary Birch got the only goal of the game. Rover are now in 10th place, eight points behind the O’s.

The past weekend’s results have given Orient the opportunity to climb into the top three should they beat Rovers on Tuesday evening. Also on Tuesday evening, Northampton take on Wycombe at Sixfields. A draw there, along with an Orient victory would leave the O’s just 1 point behind Wycombe with a game in hand. It’s starting to get interesting.