REPORT: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0-1 Leyton Orient

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Our second friendly in as many days saw the O’s maintain their good pre-season form with another single goal victory.

Ruel Sotiriou got us started at Hayden Road after a minute’s applause in memory of Justin Edinburgh who managed both sides.

The first chance of the game came for the hosts, Hicks picked up the ball inside the box and looked to pick out the bottom corner but was wide of the target.

Orient struck first, Lee Angol’s touch was flicked on by Sotiriou in to the path of Dale Gorman’s run. The midfielder then calmly picked his spot from inside the box for the opener.

Just five minutes later, Lee Angol broke the offside trap and reached the box, he attempted to lift the ball over the ‘keeper hut Heath’s touch denied the forward.

The forwards linked up in the box with Angol finding Wilkinson with his back to goal, the latter attempts an acrobatic finish but Heath makes the save.

The last chance before the break was for the O’s, Clay excellently found Wilkinson inside the box, the forward cut onto his left foot and shot but a combination of Dolman and Heath kept the lead slender.

Both teams returned from the break unchanged and it remained that way until the hour-mark when Embleton made wholesale changes.

Fewer than 10 minutes remained when Jordan Maguire-Drew attempted to chip the ‘keeper from 20-yards, Heath was quick to recover and clear his lines.

James Alabi cut inside and attempted to bend the ball into the far corner, but the forward missed the target in the last real chance of the game.

Orient hung on to claim another pre-season victory and clean sheet.


Orient first 60 XI: Janata, Ling, Happe, Widdowson, Sweeney, Shabani, Clay, Gorman, Sotiriou, Wilkinson, Angol

GOALS: Gorman (14)

Orient last 30 XI: Sargeant, Judd, Ekpiteta, Ogie, Coulson, Dunbar-Bonnie, Brophy, Maguire-Drew, Shabani (McClenaghan 75), Alabi, Harrold