Forest Green's lead at the top of League Two has been cut to six points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

Rovers, who lost to Bradford on Saturday, are now without a win in seven games. While promotion rivals have largely failed to take advantage of their downturn in form, all five of the teams immediately below them won on Tuesday.

Matty Stevens thought he had settled the hosts’ nerves in the 10th minute when he gave them the lead with his 22nd goal of the campaign.

Skipper Jamille Matt bustled his way into the area on the left before picking out his strike partner with a low pinpoint pass across the face of goal, which Stevens tapped it in from three yards at the far post.

But Ruel Sotiriou levelled the scores in the 67th minute.

Substitute Theo Archibald picked Sotiriou out with a clever defence-splitting pass and the midfielder ran into the box before stroking his seventh goal of the season past helpless goalkeeper Luke McGee.

Rovers boss Rob Edwards admitted his side did not deserve to win.

“It’s a fair result and we were well below our best, no doubt about it," he said.

"We got into good positions, but didn’t take our chances and there were good moments, just not enough of them.

“I’m frustrated, but pleased we got the first goal. We just couldn’t build on it.

“The equaliser was disappointing and we can’t hide away from that. We lacked some rhythm tonight.

“The lads are almost trying too hard and it’s not coming off – but it will.

“At 1-1 it was in the balance. I believe we finished the game the stronger team, but a draw was a fair result.

“When you’re not at your best, which we weren’t tonight, the basics become more important.

“Everyone needs to keep believing and backing us. That win is just around the corner though.

“I’d be worried if we weren’t running and fighting, but the lads are doing that. They’re fighting for each other.

“I’m pleased for Matty Stevens. He deserved his goal and he worked himself into the ground for us. That’s the sort of attitude we need.”