Match Report: Bishop's Stortford 0-1 Leyton Orient

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Leyton Orient rounded off pre-season with a 1-0 victory at Bishop’s Stortford, courtesy of a first-half goal from a trialist.

Head Coach Ross Embleton named a squad that featured a blend of first-team regulars, academy players and trialists.

Sam Sargeant was the busiest of the two keepers in the early interchanges, without ever being in too much danger – Davidson with an effort that forced him into a simple save.

Dayton’s energy from midfield looked to try and break the deadlock on the half-hour mark, but Bishop’s Stortford defended resolutely.

This was, until, Shad Ogie’s burst of pace on the left-hand side was followed up with a low, cut back cross, picking out an Orient trialist.

The trialist fired goalwards, with his low, first time shot beating the goalkeeper, and giving the O’s the lead at the break.

Half-time: Bishop’s Stortford 0-1 Leyton Orient

The second half saw widespread changes, with just Shad Ogie and Sam Sargeant remaining from The O’s first team squad.

Academy players Apat, Francois-Vernal, Papadopolus and Frempong joined the action, alongside the likes of Marfo, Ifyeani and Young already on the field.

The youthful Orient side were under pressure to begin with, but with the guidance of Sam Sargeant in between the sticks, soon grew in composure.

A dangerous corner saw the Orient keeper make a brave decision to climb above two attackers and punch clear, which proved to be the right option.

The O’s had a couple of moments between the trialists which looked to open up the Bishop’s Stortford defence – but in truth the two sides cancelled each other out.

With the further introduction of Ben Stearck and Dan Nakamurah, The O’s finished the game with eight academy players on the field, as well as two academy graduates.

Whilst it may not have been the blockbuster that the returning fans would have hoped for, key experience for the academy, and minutes for the pros, proved vital.

Teams

First Half:

Sargeant, Marfo, Ogie, Young, Widdowson, Coulson, Ifeanyi, Clay, Trialist, Trialist, Dayton.

Second Half:

Sargeant, Marfo, Apat, Francois-Vernal, Papadopols, Frempong, Young, Ogie, Ifeanyi, Trialist, Trialist.

Bishop’s Stortford

Giddens, Robbins, Mvemba, Haines, Henshaw (c), Davidson, Marlow, Boachie, Merrifield, Trialist, Foxley.

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