Leyton Orient won promotion to the English Football League after their goalless draw against already-relegated Braintree Town confirmed them as champions of the National League.

The O’s only needed a point to secure a return to the EFL after two seasons in the fifth tier, but title rivals Salford City were beaten 3-1 away at Hartlepool United, and Solihull were held to a draw at Degneham & Redbridge.

Orient almost opened the scoring on the hour mark when Macauley Bonne found the net before he was flagged offside.

However, neither side could find a goal as the hosts ensured top spot and the solitary automatic promotion place.

In a game which Orient dominated, the pressure on them began to ease as news filtered through of Hartlepool’s three second-half goals against Salford.

Monday’s goalless draw against Solihull put Orient into pole position to win promotion back to the EFL as long as they avoided defeat by Braintree.

The Accies’ unlikely route to promotion meant they needed to win with a five-goal swing against Pools and hope that Orient lost and Solihull Moors did not win by at least three goals against Dagenham & Redbridge.

There were rapturous celebrations at the final whistle, with over 8,000 home fans flooding the pitch as Orient’s draw meant they had sealed their EFL return regardless of the result at Victoria Park.

More to follow.



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