The O’s are back on the road again as they continue their preparations for the new season. Today (Saturday) they make the trip to the Crabble Athletic Ground to face National League team Dover Athletic.
Dover claimed a play-off place last season, finishing 5th in the National League, however they did not make it to the play-off final as they lost to Forest Green Rovers in the semi-finals.
So far this summer Chris Kinnear’s side have won both of their pre-season friendlies. First they beat Billericay by four goals to one, then on Tuesday night they defeated AFC Wimbledon 4-3.
The O’s lost their opening pre-season friendly against Italy’s Under-19 side, but Orient were victorious when they travelled to Wealdstone on Tuesday.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men conceded after just five minutes, but Jay Simpson equalised and then Sandro Semedo made it 2-1 to Orient before the break with a fine effort.
New signings Tom Parkes, Jordan Bowery, Gavin Massey, Robbie Weir, Liam Kelly and Callum Kennedy all played a part, but the likes of Scott Kashket and Paul McCallum missed out due to the wealth of attacking options available. Those who aren’t included in the squad to face Dover are likely to be a part of the Orient XI that will travel to Billericay Town on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.
Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler will be back at the club that he managed for three seasons between 2007 and 2010. In his first season he led the Whites to Division One South title. He then helped Dover to claim the Isthmian League Premier Division title in 2008/09. After achieving consecutive promotions as champions, Dover reached the Conference play-offs, however they lost to Woking in the semi-finals.
Dover’s Jack Parkinson may be a familiar face for some O’s fans as he had a trial with Orient last summer.
Jordon Chiedozie featured as a trialist in the Whites’ victory over Wimbledon and managed to get on the scoresheet. Jordon is the son of former Orient player John Chiedozie who came through the youth system at Brisbane Road and went on to make 145 appearances of the O’s between 1977 and 1981.
Crabble Athletic Ground
Post Code: CT17 0JB
Capacity: 5,745 (Seats 1,500)