Three second-half goals set Barnet on their way to a 3-1 victory over London rivals Leyton Orient to continue their good form.

This sixth victory in their last eight matches, and the sixth away win of the campaign, takes the Bees up into Play-Off positions.

Centre-back Ricardo Santos scored two goals in quick succession and a late Curtis Weston effort put the outcome beyond doubt after Orient had narrowed the deficit in the 79th minute.

The interim management duo of Rossi Eames and Henry Newman kept faith win the team that had humbled the then table-topping Plymouth Argyle at The Hive on Monday by naming an unchanged starting XI.

The home side opened positively but quickly Barnet established themselves as the more composed and confident outfit, keeping the ball well and creating chances.

After only nine minutes of play keeper Jamie Stephens aggravated a knee injury and was replaced by Josh Vickers.

On 20 minutes Orient midfielder Michael Collins hit a powerful drive from 20 yards that flashed past the post, but the Bees had reduced the home side to hopeful punts into the middle or long-range shooting.

Barnet had numerous opportunities to go into half-time with a comfortable lead; John Akinde and Simeon Akinola, whilst looking lively and always a constant threat, uncharacteristically lacked a cutting edge to their finishing.

A minute before the interval a mazy run down the left by Mauro Vilhete, who then dramatically cut inside, released a low shot that very nearly gave the visitors a deserved lead.

Orient began the second half in a positive mood, but again Barnet were soon able to take charge of proceedings.

In a change from the natural order Akinde then set up Vilhete to head goalwards with his looping effort marginally wide of its target.

But the Bees took the lead that their good build-up play warranted in the 63rd minute.

Vilhete’s deep cross caused confusion and with skipper Michael Nelson’s effort coming off a post Santos was able to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

If his first goal lacked elegance the centre-back second three minutes later was text-book.

Astute wing play by Nana Kyei saw the ball come into the middle where Barnet’s recent £100,000 capture from Peterborough United assuredly side-footed the ball into the net from 10 yards.

The points now looked in the bag for the Bees, but the O’s would be given a lifeline with 11 minutes remaining.

From a corner, and with Nelson receiving treatment off the pitch, Paul McCallum powered home a header.

Briefly the O’s rallied, but with Nelson back on the pitch re-establishing his fine rapport with centre-back partner Santos, it was the Bees who looked dangerous on the break.

In time added on any fears were allayed when Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s deft chipped effort rebounded off the crossbar into the path of Weston, who make no mistake to slot the ball home from two yards.

By this stage the stadium was almost bereft of Orient supporters but the travelling Barnet faithful were more than content to wait for the final whistle to salute their team.

Barnet: Stephens (Vickers 9), H. Taylor, Nelson, Santos, Johnson, Vilhete, Weston, J. Taylor, Kyei (Champion 71), Akinola (Campbell-Ryce 61) Akinde. Subs not used: Gambin, Muggleton, Champion, Tutonda.