Forest Green retained their four-point lead at the top of League Two as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

A compelling contest at Brisbane Road finished with the spoils shared after Matty Stevens had opened the scoring for the visitors before Orient substitute Ruel Sotiriou levelled to record a third-straight draw for the hosts.

Both goals came in the second half after two well-organised defences ensured a first-half deadlock in a lively contest.

The visitors came closest to finding the net when a Stevens effort for the table-toppers in the 16th minute was cleared off the line by O’s midfielder Hector Kyprianou.

Orient midfielder Paul Smyth found the side netting with a left-footed volley following a kick by home goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux but it was after the interval when the game really sprung to life.

Stevens notched his seventh league goal of the campaign when, unmarked, he ran onto a Ben Stevenson corner after 68 minutes to power a header into the back of the net.

But the home side responded positively eight minutes later with a counter-attack.

Dan Kemp raced clear and fed a delightful pass through to Sotiriou, who drilled his well-placed shot low into the far corner of the net to earn a deserved point.

Rovers boss Rob Edwards was satisfied with the result.

I thought both teams really went for it and cancelled each other out at times,” he reflected.

“I listened to Kenny Jackett’s preview before the game and he wanted a reaction and they were really intense with their work, aggressive with their pressing and direct with their play but I thought we stood up to the challenge really well.

“We showed moments of bravery when we hit on the ball and when we do that, we show people we are a good team but on reflection. I thought a draw was a fair result.

“Obviously after going one-nil up there is a tinge of disappointment and conceding in the manner that we did but removing the emotion, I am fairly pleased with all the lads’ effort tonight.

“Even if we had won the game, I always know we can do better and the lads know that as well.

“I’m not going to stand here and say ‘it was a top performance’ but a point at Leyton Orient on a Tuesday night is a good point.”

Rovers' four-point lead at the top of League Two remains in tact after Harrogate and Tranmere played out a 2-2 draw.

Swindon moved up to third, level on 23 points with Harrogate, after a 2-1 win at Sutton.

Rovers host Salford City on Saturday.