Fans cheer a squirrel on the pitch in Leyton Orient's 3-0 win over Maidstone United
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VIDEO: Fans sing at squirrel on pitch at Leyton Orient during 3-0 win over Maidstone United

Play briefly paused by animal in the second-half of National League game.


Squirrel is Leyton Orient’s secret weapon in 3-0 win v Maidstone. Ref & players froze as ‘squirrel stopped play’ #football @leytonorientfc @BBCSport @TelegraphSport #squirrel (video (c) Barney Lom) pic.twitter.com/ozdQZf9fdX

— AlecLom Events&Comms (@AlecLom) January 26, 2019

A squirrel interrupted National league leaders Leyton Orient’s 3-0 win over Maidstone United at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Justin Edinburgh’s team halted a short run of defeats by comfortably beating relegation-candidates Maidstone.

But play had to be briefly paused while the crowd watched the small animal scurry around on the grass.

A break in play as a squirrel runs around the pitch…

"Sign him up" sing the Stones fans.

LO 2-0 MU | 80'

— Maidstone United (@maidstoneunited) January 26, 2019

Supporters sung about the squirrel pitch invader that seemed to capture the hearts of the 5,488-strong attendance for the non-league game.

Goals from Jordan Maguire-Drew and Macauley Bonne were enough for Leyton Orient to strengthen their position at the top of the table after rivals Solihull Moors lost to Fylde.