What the press made of the victory with the O’s relegation confirmed
Crewe Alex confirmed their Football League status and sent Leyton Orient into non-league with a convincing win at Gresty Road on Saturday.
The Railwaymen moved to 52 points, nine points clear of the drop zone, with a commanding display against the rock-bottom visitors.
Callum Ainley’s first league goal of the season and Ryan Wintle’s first ever senior strike, along with George Cooper’s ninth of the campaign, put them into a commanding 3-0 half-time lead.
They failed to build on it after the restart, but were never threatened, as they coasted to their first win in five and completed the double over the O’s.
Crewe are now 17th and could finish as high as 15th.
Leyton Orient’s relegation from League Two was finally confirmed following a 3-0 loss at Crewe Alexandra this afternoon – ending their 112-year stay in the Football League.
It had been coming for a while and was expected last weekend, but after living to fight another day twice over Easter, O’s officially went down with a whimper.
Omer Riza’s team struggled throughout at Gresty Road, but the damage had been done a long time ago for the Brisbane Road club.
The Orient starting XI at Crewe contained eight players aged 20 or younger due to chairman Francesco Becchetti dismantling the squad throughout the season.
Several experienced players have departed Brisbane Road since August and were never replaced - leaving the academy stars to pick up the pieces.
And with O’s staff and players still waiting for their March wages, relegation is not the biggest worry for the east London club.
Orient have lost their fight on the pitch, but attention will now turn to off it and the supporters won’t give up until there is a change of ownership.