Leyton Orient continue their pre-season program with a trip to the Kingfield Stadium tonight (Tuesday) to face National League side Woking.
Last season Garry Hill’s men finished in mid-table in the National League with a total of 61 points.
Woking began their preparations for the coming season by hosting Premier League side Watford. The Hornets travelled with a strong squad that included many first team players but the Cards managed to secure a 1-1 draw.
On Saturday the Cards made the trip to face National League South outfit Gosport Borough. Woking won by two goals to one, thanks to goals from Charlie Penny and Chike Kandi.
By contrast, the O’s suffered defeat in their pre-season fixture on Saturday.
Orient were disappointing away from home against Woking’s fellow National League side Dover Athletic. The Whites managed an upset thanks to a Ricky Miller goals and a Tyrone Marsh free-kick which sealed a 2-0 victory.
Andy Hessenthaler made a number of changes at half-time against Dover, one of which was the introduction of trialist Reece Brown. Brown is the younger brother of Wes and he also began his career with Manchester United but more recently has been at Bury. The 24 year-old defender is expected to continue his trial with the club either as part of the squad against Woking or as a member of the Orient XI that will travel to face Canvey Island tonight.
Hessenthaler has also stated his interest in bringing an experienced centre-back to the club.
Jordan Bowery missed the match against Dover due to a hip flexor issue, but his absence was precautionary and he should be available to play tonight.
However, Aron Pollock may be forced to sit out the remainder of pre-season due to tendonitis.
The Woking lineup to face the O’s is likely to feature former Orient academy graduate Brian Saah. Saah made is senior debut in September 2003. He was a part of Orient’s promotion winning side in 2005/06 and he featured regularly in League One before being released at the end of the 2008/09 season. He made a total of 110 appearances for the O’s.
Saah featured for Woking when they faced the O’s last summer as well. In July last year Orient defeated the Cards 4-0, with Jay Simpson, Ollie Palmer and Scott Kashkett all getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.
The O’s will return to action at Brisbane Road on Saturday when they host Russell Slade’s Charlton Athletic.
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