An Orient XI travelled to Canvey Island as some first-team players racked up the minutes before the start of the League Two season on Saturday afternoon.
James Alabi and Matt Harrold both got on the score-sheet but the O’s lost out on the chilly evening in Canvey Island.
There was a quick start to the game as the hosts found the net within the first three minutes. Dan Humphreys got a head on the end of a deep cross at the back post for the opener.
Two minutes later, James Alabi latched on to the end of Matt Harrold’s flick on, advanced in to the box and neatly finished with his right foot.
Jayden Sweeney was alert to clear the ball off the line after good work on the left wing by Canvey Island.
The home side went close from distance, Dean Brill raced off his line to clear with his head but saw the ball drop to George Purcell. The number 10 took a touch and struck at an empty net but Shadrach Ogie did very well to make the line and clear the danger with his head.
Canvey Island restored their lead 10 minutes from the break, Albert Levett smashed the ball home from the edge of the box following a loose ball in midfield.
Ten minutes in to the second half, Orient levelled the scores through Harrold, he got up first to meet Jayden Sweeney’s cross in the centre of the net.
Alabi was causing problems on Canvey’s left wing, the forward drove forward and cut the ball back for Harrold in the box, but Lamar Johnson was equal to the effort.
Despite the pressure, Canvey were next to score, Kane Gilbert restored the home lead from close range with only three minutes left on the clock.
That proved to be the last chance on goal as the hosts ran out winners.
ORIENT: Brill, Marfo (Trialist B, 63), Ogie, Vernnal, Sweeney, Trialist A, Gorman, Shabani (McClenaghan 69), Sotiriou, Alabi, Harrold
SUBS: Janata, Sivi, Adeyemi, Hammond
GOAL: Alabi (5), Harrold (58)
REFEREE: Lloyd Wood