Albion progressed to the knockout stages of the competition.
- Albion progress to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy
- Towell scores the winning goal
- Kazenga LuaLua, Solly March and Uwe Huenemeier all feature
- The draw for the knockout stages takes place on Thursday
Albion continued to dominate possession and comfortably defended their lead, with neither side mustering a clear-cut chance in the closing stages of the first half.
Tyler Hornby-Forbes was then on hand to block Semedo’s goal-bound effort from inside the penalty area, which kept Albion’s narrow lead intact.
Will Collar was sent racing towards goal from March’s clever flick on the halfway line, but the midfielder’s low shot from 20 yards rolled wide of Orient goalkeeper Alex Cisak’s right-hand upright.
Huenemeier was substituted in the 24th minute for Ben Hall, with the German defender showing signs of discomfort on the pitch.
On 16 minutes, Albion broke the deadlock through Towell, as the midfielder brilliantly found the top corner with a right-footed strike, following Manu’s effort that was saved and then cleared off the line.
Sandro Semedo had the away side’s first attempt on goal moments later, firing from the edge of Albion’s penalty area, but Casper Ankergren was equal to the winger’s effort.
Albion enjoyed the majority of possession inside the opening stages, with Huenemeier heading into the side-netting from March’s corner to the back post.
Simon Rusk introduced a number of first-team players for the visit of the O’s, with Solly March, Elvis Manu, Towell and Uwe Huenemeier all starting.
Richie Towell scored the solitary goal to secure second spot in Southern Group G and progress to the final 32.
Kazenga LuaLua and Jayson Molumby were introduced after the break for Towell and Hornby-Forbes, with Collar switching to full-back.
From the resulting corner, Albion cleared and found March in space on the edge of Orient’s penalty area, but the winger’s powerful shot sailed over Cisak’s crossbar.
LuaLua was next to pull the trigger from long range, as he shifted the ball across his body but drilled the effort straight into the hands of Orient’s shot-stopper.
Paul McCallum then headed wide from Callum Kennedy’s corner, before Ankergren saved well to his right-hand side to deny Josh Korma from levelling the game.
Jesse Starkey stung the hands of Cisak with a firm drive from 30 yards, before Adeboyejo spurned a glorious chance for the away side, slicing wide of the target from close range.
The Orient striker had another chance to level in stoppage time but fired over the crossbar, as Albion hung on for the victory.
ALBION: Ankergren; Hornby-Forbes (LuaLua 46), Huenemeier (Hall 24), White, Hunt; Hutchinson, Collar; March, Towell (Molumby 46), Starkey; Manu.
SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez (GK), Cox, Ward, Tilley.