Leyton Orient lost 4-1 to table toppers Doncaster Rovers at Brisbane Road in their final fixture before their high court date on Monday.

The east London club were served with a winding-up petition on Wednesday, March 1 by HMRC over an unpaid tax bill believed to be around £125,000 to £250,000.

A John Marquis double and one each from Tommy Rowe and Mathieu Baudry gave the visitors their 23rd league win of the season.

However, the O’s faithful will remember the brilliance from defender Tom Parkes who scored his first goal for the club just before the break.

Orient are set to face Crawley Town next Saturday at the Broadfield Stadium (3pm kick-off). Doncaster gained the first shot of the match when James Coppinger poked a shot wide of the near post from a corner.

Three minutes later after some good pressure from the O’s, Nigel Atangana was able to release Josh Koroma down the right and the winger earned the corner.

Sandro Semedo’s corner was initially spilled by Ian Lawlor but Michael Clark could only head the loose ball over the bar.

Gavin Massey battled well with ex O’s captain Mathieu Baudry before he appeared to be brought down on the edge of the area but referee Christopher Sarginson waved play-on.

Rowe then whipped in a cross from the left but Alex Cisak came off his line to claim the ball.

Cisak made a vital save in the 21st minute when he got down quickly to his right to parry away former O’s player Jon Marquis’ header.

Michael Collins took a quick-free-kick and played in Semedo out on the left and delivered in a tantalising cross but it was collected by Lawlor.

Just before the half an hour mark, Orient had a free-kick in a dangerous position after Andy Butler was penalised for a pull on Massey.

Liam Kelly took the free-kick but his effort went straight into the Donny wall.

In the 36th minute, the visitors broke the deadlock when Rowe fired the ball home from the edge of the box after Tom Parkes had denied Marquis.

CIsak had to make a double save in the space of 30 seconds when he punched away a corner before Conor Grant’s shot was deflected behind.

He once again connected with a punch when the ball came back into the area.

Brisbane Road erupted in the 44th minute when Parkes ran 70 yards from his own penalty area to score his first goal for the club after he was played in by Massey.

Into the second half, Michael Clark missed Alfie May’s cross and Marquis had a huge chance to restore the visitors lead.

However, Myles Judd got back to deflect his shot over the bar and the impending corner came to nothing.

But The Rovers managed to retake the lead when Marquis pounced on a loose pass and drilled a shot in off the post.

In the 65th minute, a low free-kick was drilled across the O’s area towards Rowe but Liam Kelly read it well and intercepted.

May should have doubled Donny’s lead in the 69th minute after Judd’s interception fell to the Rovers player but the former could only shot wide of the post.

Substitute Andy Williams failed to capitalise on a break when he was put through on goal by team mate James Coppinger.

His shot went wide and straight past the post after being one-on-one with Cisak.

And into the last ten minutes of the game, Michael Clark gifted Gary McSheffrey the ball but he shot wide of the post.

However, McSheffrey played in Marquis a minute later and the former Orient man had his second of the match when he stroked the ball home past Cisak.

Ex-Orient skipper Baudry put the salt into the wounds when he volleyed the ball home from a corner but he would not celebrate against his former club.

Orient starting XI: Cisak, Judd, Parkes, Clark, Pollock, Kelly, Collins, Atangana (Alzate 87), Massey, Semedo, Koroma (Dalby 76) Subs not used: Sargeant, Mezague, Liburd, Moncur, Happe Doncaster starting XI: Lawlor (Marosi 45), Alcock. Baudry, Butler, Marquis, Rowe, Blair, Mason, Grant, Coppinger (McSheffrey 76), May (Williams 71) Subs not used: Williams, Lund, Middleton, Mandeville, Evina