Leyton Orient will play their first pre-season friendly at Braintree Town on Friday as head coach Ian Hendon looks to test his squad before the 2015-16 Sky Bet League Two season starts on August 8.
This is the first pre-season game for the O’s before they fly out to Alhaurin el Grande on July 14, just outside of Malaga, as they seek to further prepare for the new campaign.
For Orient’s five new signings: Sean Clohessy, Sammy Moore, Paul McCallum, Blair Turgott and Ollie Palmer, this match will be the first opportunity to impress the new head coach as they look to gain a place in the starting line-up for the first game of the season when Orient play Barnet in a local derby at Matchroom Stadium.
The friendly with the Iron is one of six pre-season matches scheduled so far, with the O’s playing against Huddersfield Town on July 18, Colchester United on July 25, Woking on July 28 before rounding it off with a trip to Bishop’s Stortford on August 1. The sixth match will occur during the trip to Spain and is yet to be announced.
The O’s have met tonight’s hosts in a pre-season before, coming out 3-1 winners at the Amlin Stadium thanks to a double from Jonathan Tehoue and one for Kieran Djilali.
For Braintree Town this is also their first pre-season game. Orient’s first opponents then play the likes of Millwall XI, Southend United, Reading XI and Bury Town before their season opener at Chester on August 8.
And their manager Danny Cowley will hope to put out a side capable of beating the O’s. Jordan Cox and Daniel Sparkes will be the main threats to unlocking Orient’s defence, both scoring 10 league goals last season. The Iron have a capacity stadium of 4,202, in which 533 are seated.
Follow live updates from today’s game on our Twitter feed, while Dave Victor is scheduled to bring you live commentary from the game on the new and improved Orient PlayerHD.
Match report and reaction will follow on www.leytonorient.com.
Tickets are available on the gate at Cressing Road, with tickets priced at:
OAPs and students £7
Under 16s £5
Under 11s £3
Amlin Stadium – SatNav: CM7 3RD
By Car: Leave the M25 at junction 27 and head north on the M11. Leave at junction 8 on the M11. Then head east on the A120 for 16 miles until you reach the Galley’s Corner roundabout. Take the first exit into Cressing Road. Finally, drive up Cressing Road for approximately three quarters of a mile and the ground should be visible on your left. There is a small car park at the ground which costs £2, otherwise street parking.
By Train: Braintree station is situated just under a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from London Liverpool Street. Exit the station and turn right along the Station Approach. Cross Rose Hill at the pedestrian crossing into Railway Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into Trinovantian Way. This becomes Manor Street and then Lakes Road. After the ‘Sportsmans’ Snooker Club turn left into Chapel Hill. At triangular junction bear right into Cressing Road and then turn right into Clockhouse Way. Soon after right angled bend there is an unmarked road to the right, ground is at the end of this cul de sac. It takes around 20 minutes to walk.