PRE-SEASON PREVIEW: Woking – Away – 7:45PM

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Leyton Orient continue their pre-season programme tonight as they travel to the Kingfield Stadium to face National League side Woking (7:45pm kick-off).

The Cards finished in 7th place in the Conference Premier last season on 76 points, just three points adrift from the play-off places.

Woking have played three friendlies so far. Their first pre-season fixture against Staines Town ended in a narrow 3-2 defeat. However, a week ago Garry Hill’s side defeated League Two side Oxford United by a goal to nil. On Friday night the Cards faced fourth-tier opposition again, as they hosts Portsmouth and Pompey managed a 2-0 victory.

The Cards could well have a couple of familiar faces among their ranks as former Orient youth graduate Brian Saah and former O’s loanee Alex Smith have been on trial with the club.

 

On Saturday, Orient were in fine form as they managed a comfortable 3-0 win against League One side Colchester United. Paul McCallum continued to his goalscoring for as he bagged a brace before Scott Kashket came off the bench to wrap up the victory by scoring Orient’s third.

 

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Connor Essam and Frazer Shaw have featured throughout pre-season, however if they face Woking it will be their first friendly as part of the Orient squad for the coming year (though there is now some uncertainty with regard to the Essam deal). Ian Hendon is likely to include new signings Alan Dunne and Alex Cisak in a bid to build their match sharpness and integrate them in his side.

Jobi McAnuff is expected to be given some time to recuperate after a busy summer that has seen the 33 year-old play for Jamaica in both the Copa America and the Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz suffered defeat in the Gold Cup final on Sunday and Jobi played a full 90 minutes.

Former West Ham duo Danny Gabbidon and Deniz Mehmet both played for the O’s in the second half and Colchester on Saturday at centre-back and goalkeeper respectively, however it remains to be seen whether they will be given another chance to impress.

Ollie Palmer will be returning to the club where he began his career and after only playing half-an-hour at the weekend, he could be in line for a start against his old side.

 

Orient and Woking were drawn together in the Football League Trophy in September 2004 and the O’s progressed by claiming a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Jabo Ibehre, Brian Saah and Justin Miller.

 

Tickets are available on the day. You can find ticket information for tonight’s game here.

 

Kingfield Stadium 

Post Code: GU22 9AA

Capacity: 6,000 (2,500 Seated)

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