Crawley Town 3 Leyton Orient 0: Winding-up order avoided but relegation fears grow

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Leyton Orient's hopes of League Two survival were dealt another blow on Saturday with a 3-0 thumping away at Crawley Town.

All three goals came inside nine first-half minutes to end the game as a contest with a little over 30 minutes played.

James Collins broke the deadlock, before Joe McNerney and Enzio Boldewijn wrapped up the three points.

All four relegation candidates lost, with Orient's closest rivals Newport going down 2-1 at promotion-chasing Portsmouth as Cheltenham lost at Barnet and Blackpool downed Hartlepool.

It's a fourth loss on the bounce for Leyton, who remain seven points from safety.

The result comes off says after the club survived an immediate winding-up order with owner Francesco Becchetti given until June 12 to pay off debts or sell the club.

Debts to HM Revenue & Customs over unpaid taxes have been paid but Becchetti owes other creditors.

Adam Michaelson, legal adviser to the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust, told BBC Radio London: "In respect of a potential sale, we would call upon Mr Becchetti now to look to sell the club at the earliest possible opportunity and make good on the promise that he's made."

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