IN-FORM Jevani Brown continued his fine scoring form as Colchester United saw off Leyton Orient 2-1 to register a fourth successive home league win.

Brown scored in each half to take his personal tally for the season to 11 and secure an impressive victory for the U’s.

And although substitute Sam Ling pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 88th minute, Colchester held out.

It was another largely impressive home performance by Colchester, whose margin of victory might have been greater had it not been for the heroics of O’s keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who made several good saves.

Colchester boss Steve Ball made two changes from the side that lost to Marine in the FA Cup, seven days earlier.

Michael Folivi was rewarded with his first league start for the U’s after scoring in their 6-1 triumph over Southend United, in the Papa John’s Trophy while Tommy Smith was recalled.

Colchester were the better team in an entertaining first half.

But the visitors came close to taking a sixth-minute lead when veteran Jobi McAnuff's powerful low effort from the edge of the area was well saved by U’s keeper Dean Gerken at his near post.

However, Colchester took a tenth minute lead when Jevani Brown broke the Orient offside trap following Folivi’s pass and found himself one on one with keeper Vigouroux before finishing coolly for his tenth goal of the season.

Colchester had plenty of enterprising attacking play after that.

But the O’s looked dangerous on the counter attack, with Jordan Thomas's fierce shot blocked near his own goal-line by Smith after good approach play by James Brophy.

Tom Eastman needed to make a crucial tackle in his own six-yard box to deny Louis Dennis a shot on goal soon after while just before half-time, McAnuff's effort from the edge of the area deflected over for a corner after good build-up play by the O’s.

But Colchester went in at the break ahead and almost doubled their lead just before the hour mark when Brown was denied by Vigouroux in a one-on-one situation, after Poku had threaded a neat pass through to him.

And a minute later, Vigouroux made another point-blank range stop to deny Brown after the U’s top goalscorer had again found himself alone in the Orient area.

Vigouroux made another good save to foil Folivi after Courtney Senior had slotted him through, as the U’s pressed for a second.

It came with 18 minutes remaining through the man of the moment Brown, who slotted into the near post after Vigouroux had initially blocked an effort on goal.

Ling scored from close range in the 88th minute to ensure a nervy ending for the U’s but they held out for victory.

COLCHESTER UNITED: Gerken, Welch-Hayes, Smith, Eastman, Bramall, Chilvers, Pell, Senior (sub Cowan-Hall, 88), Poku, Folivi (sub Bohui, 83), Brown (sub Norris, 86).

Subs (not used): Sowunmi, Clampin, Marshall-Miranda, George.

U’s man of the match: Jevani Brown.

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Cisse, Hape, Coulson, Wilkinson, Thomas (sub Ling, 78), Brophy, Dennis, Akinola (sub Johnson, 54), McAnuff, Kyprianou (sub Maguire-Drew, 68).

Subs (not used): Widdowson, Dayton, Wright, Sargeant.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Goals: Colchester: Brown (10, 72). Leyton Orient: Ling (88).

Bookings: Colchester: Welch-Hayes (unsporting behaviour, 65).