City got their away campaign up and running but were soundly beaten 3-0 at a sun-bathed Brisbane Road.
With a build up interrupted by Adam Stansfield's funeral, missing key men with Duffy, Taylor and Nardiello injured, requiring others to play out of position it was always going to be tough. One down at half time, it wasn't until the final quarter that the home side finally made the game safe.
City lined up: Paul Jones, Tully, Edwards, Billy Jones, Golbourne, Dunne, Noble, Sercombe, Dunne, Cureton, O'Flynn.
That Orient were only one up at the break was probably a relief to most of the City followers. From the 3rd minute when Jones had to scramble to tip over a rasping shot he had parried moments earlier City were very much on the back foot. The main protagonists were the Orient strike force of Revell and McGleish. Within the first 15 minutes City had weathered 5 efforts on their goal with Edwards clearing from under his own bar after McGleish had looped a header over Jones and Jones himself tipping a near post flick onto his post.
As City failed to get any momentum in the game the chances piled up for Orient. Cox and Dawson both saw efforts saved and save for a tame effort wide from Cureton and a corner City were seemingly rarely out of their own half.
And on 39 minutes Orient finally broke through. Noble headed a cross away to the left where it was picked up by Orient right back Omozusi. His pinpoint cross was met by Revell who headed beyond Jones. He almost doubled his tally before the break as breaking in from the left he fired a shot across Jones and onto the post.
So, after weathering a lot of pressure City were still in the game and Tisdale took the opportunity to replace Cureton with Logan at the break. Within 2 minutes City had created their best chance as Logan laid a ball off to Sercombe who played a first time pass to O'Flynn. He out fought his marker but had been forced wide enough to make the keeper favourite as he shot on goal.
City were certainly looking more lively, especially Sercombe who was at the heart of much of the good work. Cutting in from the left on 55 minutes he made enough space to shoot but could only hit Logan as he tried to move to create more room. Then, on the hour Sercombe played a lovely ball to the unmarked Harley 18 yards out. He had time to shoot but this time a defender blocked well.
But, before they could muster anything else meaningful they were two down. What looked to be no danger, with Dunne and Edwards both looking favourites to clear, turned into a run on goal for McGleish who finished low and true past an exposed Jones into his right hand corner.
Tisdale made a second change swapping Dunne for Archibald-Henville, then Edwards for Thomson as City went 3-5-2 to try and get something out of the game.
But on 79 minutes even that plan was scuppered as Dean Cox found too much room 25 yards out and delightfully chipped over Jones.
O'Flynn had one final chance deep into added time as he flicked over but it would have been too little too late as City search for their first away win since victory at Stockport way back before Christmas.
All in all the result is a fair reflection of the chances created during the 90 minutes. But, when City clicked they showed they could match their opponents and make chances. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen often. It will be hoped that with the JPT game at Yeovil on Tuesday, before the visit of Charlton to the Park next Saturday, that City will quickly get this defeat out of their system and be able to get that all important first win of the season on the scoreboard.