Leyton Orient secured a 2-0 victory over an inexperienced Wolves XI in a behind closed doors friendly. The first team squad are currently on a four-day training camp in Leicestershire and the match against Wolves provided much needed playing time for players such as David Mooney and Michael Symes, who both returned to action. Kevin Lisbie opened the scoring ten minutes before half-time and Ryan Brunt sealed the win with a second half goal. It was also a better performance defensively, as Orient managed to keep the opposition out for the first time since their pre-season schedule began.
It was a quiet opening to the match until the fifteen minute mark when Jimmy Smith had the first chance, but his attempted lob drifted harmlessly over the bar. Orient then threatened again when Lloyd James picked out Michael Symes with an accurate pass, only for the ex-Bournemouth man to be denied by Wolves’ goalkeeper. The breakthrough came on 34 minutes, with Lisbie heading home from a Dean Cox corner. The O’s held on to lead 1-0 at the break.
There were four changes at half time, with Allsop, Odubajo, McSweeney and Mooney replacing Jones, Chorley, Clarke and Symes. Despite the changes, Russell Slade’s side continued to dominate the match and Odubajo almost extended their lead with a fine shot that narrowly missed the target. Ryan Brunt must have thought he had doubled Orient’s advantage but his header was repelled on the line by the Wolves defence. However, Brunt’s frustration was quelled five minutes before the end. Lobjoit began the move by dispossessing Wolves in midfield before laying the ball off to Brunt, who finished emphatically.
It was a good win for the O’s, made even better by the fact they had managed to keep a clean sheet and marks another step in Orient’s preparation for the new campaign which begins with a League Cup tie with Charlton on 14th August.