Leyton Orient begin their final weekend of preparations with a trip to Woodside Park to play National League South side Bishop’s Stortford (3:00pm kick-off).
Rod Stringer led his team to a 16th place finish in the Conference South last season. The Hertfordshire side managed a total of 46 points, 16 points more than 20th placed Farnborough.
Bishop’s Stortford have already played four friendlies so far this summer. Their pre-season programme began with a 3-2 defeat against Grays Athletic. They then followed that up with a narrow loss to League One Colchester United, which also ended 3-2. Their first pre-season victory came against Billericay Town and they managed another 1-0 on Tuesday night as they defeated Conference National side Dover Athletic.
Rod Stringer has added a trio of former Orient youth players to his squad this summer. Goalkeeper Tom Lovelock, full-back De’Reece Vanderhyde and striker Billy Lobjoit have all arrived at Woodside Park ahead of the new campaign.
On Tuesday night the O’s travelled to Woking and a their quality going forward meant that the result was sealed with the first 45 minutes. Ollie Palmer opened the scoring early on as his shot deflected into the net, then Jay Simpson coolly slotted a second goal home. Scott Kashket then took his goal tally to 2 in 2 and Simpson’s second wrapped the game up on the brink of half-time.
Ian Hendon rested a few key players in mid-week. Mathieu Baudry, Gary Woods, Connor Essam and Dean Cox were not involved at all, while Frazer Shaw remained on the bench throughout the 90 minutes.
Despite the fact that the O’s play Southend tomorrow in their final pre-season fixture, a full squad will travel to Hertfordshire for today’s game.
The Orient boss will also take another look at trialists Yann Songo’o (former Blackburn defender), Zaine Francis-Angol (former Tottenham and Motherwell left-back) and Jack Parkinson (former Maidstone centre-back), all of whom featured against Woking. It is unkown whether ex-West Ham goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet will get a third chance to impress.
A busy weekend will probably mean that youngsters such as Sam Ling, Montel Agyemang, Sandro Semedo and Freddy Moncur will get some more playing time.
Connor Essam will be returning to familiar surroundings as the defender had two loan spells with Bishop’s Stortford earlier in his career.
Tickets are available on the day. You can find ticket information for the game here.
Post Code: CM23 5RG
Capacity: 4,525 (Seats 525)