A Leyton Orient XI drew 1-1 at National League South side Bishop’s Stortford this evening.
Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon opted to hand several first team members an opportunity to get some minutes under their belts, as Connor Essam skippered the team which also included the likes of Charlie Grainger and Alan Dunne as well as five trialists.
In difficult wet conditions the O’s got off to a promising start and took the lead on the 11th minute when two of the trialists combined with the latter stooping in to head home a cross from the left.
Stortford were to equalise 15 minutes later however from the penalty spot when Essam was penalised for a foul following a free-kick into the box, and Kieran Bywater fired beyond Grainger.
Both sides created a number of chances in a bid to edge in front and Orient came close to restoring their lead ten minutes before half time when Trialist’s rasping free-kick from 25-yards was deflected just over the crossbar.
With the scores level at the break torrential rain and wind continued throughout the second half, and first year scholar Sam Roach pulled off a couple of fine saves late on having replaced Grainger for the final 15 minutes of the match.
Despite the best efforts of both sides, a winning goal was not to be forthcoming as the match ended all square.
ORIENT: Grainger (Roach 76), Dunne (Pollock 60), Ling, Essam (C) (Humphrey HT), Trialist, Trialist (Semedo 58), Moncur, Trialist (Agyemang 67), Trialist, Adeboyejo, Trialist