Leyton Orient played out a 3-3 draw against Southend in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the League Two side’s Boots and Laces training ground. Orient were not quite at full strength, relying on trialists Tommy Forecast and Alex Addai in the abscence of first team players such as Jones, Larkins, Cox and Lasimant. However, Southend’s lineup was comprised primarily of trialists and youngsters.
Shaun Batt came close to opening the scoring almost immediately from kick off as his long range effort struck the upright. That was the first of three chances for the ex-Millwall man. Kevin Lisbie played him in behind the Southend defence but he could not hit the target. Batt then hit the woodwork again with a curling shot from the right flank.
After surviving the the barrage from Batt, Southend came close to scoring from a freekick. Marvin Wijks was free at the back post but he let Orient off the hook as he failed to hit the target. The hosts didn’t have to wait long for another opportunity and this time they grabbed the advantage. The Shrimpers won the ball in the midfield and trialist Dan Fitchett enjoyed a slice of good fortune as his cross found the top corner.
Little more than ten minutes later Orient were awarded a penalty. Lisbie had been brought down in the box and he took it upon himself to take the spot kick. Southend stopper Chambers managed to parry the penalty away, but Lisbie pounced on the rebound to ensure the O’s were on level terms at the break.
Shortly after the restart, Kevin Lisbie put the visitors ahead with a low shot that found the bottom corner. David Mooney then increased Orient’s lead to 3-1. Mathieu Baudry played a fine lofted through ball that played the Irishman behind the Shrimper’s back line. Mooney brought the ball down, held off a defender and powered a shot beyond the goalkeeper.
As the game reached the 70 minute mark Southend took advantage of a defensive error to pull a goal back. Josh Rees’s effort curled beyond the reach of Orient trialist goalkeeper Tommy Forecast.
Southend then equalised in the latter stages of the game. Seedy Njie saw his shot saved by Forecast but Mark Carrington was on hand to tap in and give the hosts a draw.