Young O's side fall to defeat in Hertfordshire
Goals either side of half-time were enough to beat a young O's side who travelled to St. Albans of the Calor League in the last away friendly of the pre-season campaign despite a late header from Harrison Georgiou.
Orient started brightly and after a spell of possession almost broke the deadlock after a minute when trialist Adda Djaziri sprung the offside trap but dragged his shot wide of the target with just Paul Bastock to beat in the St. Albans goal.
Orient retained the ball better than their counterparts and with 15 minutes gone Harrison Georgiou was hauled down after a couple of neat touches just outside the penalty area. Trialist Scott Donnelly hit the resulting free-kick and brought the best out of Bostock who was at full-stretch to push his effort round the post for a corner.
Georgiou was making a habit of exploiting the space in front of the back four and after slipping in Djaziri again on 21 minutes who had an effort saved, almost went one better a minute later when he brought the ball down brilliantly in the box but fired just over.
Jake Larkins was a spectator for much of the half and Orient threatened again just after the half hour mark when Alex Finney had a header cleared off the line after Bastock came and flapped at a corner.
But it was the home side who snatched the lead against the run of play five minutes before the interval. Chris Henry flicked a long ball perfectly into the path of Ryan Ashe who kept his composure to slot past Larkins.
There were no changes at the break and the O's made a bright start to the second period with Lee and Sinclaire Sandy going close in the opening exchanges.
Orient continued to press and came close on 54 minutes to pulling the game level. Jak Sherratt slipped in Georgiou who returned the favour but the Samsung Win A Pro Contract winner just got underneath his strike which went narrowly over.
But it was the home side who extended their lead on 67 mins. The O's struggled to deal with a corner from the right and George Ngoyi eventually turned the ball in at the near post, although Orient will feel aggrieved not have won a free-kick as it appeared Larkins was fouled in the build up to the set play.
The home side started to dominate but with five minutes to go Sherratt almost got the O's back in it after Georgiou led the break and cut it back for the youngster who bent it with his left foot from the edge of the box past Bastock but against the woodwork.
Orient eventually got one back as the impressive Georgiou got the goal he deserved when he headed in a corner in the dying stages.
ORIENT XI: 1. Jake Larkins; 2. De’Reece Vanderhyde, 3. Ben Sampayo (trialist), 5. Alex Finney, 6. Joe Kizzi (trialist), 8. Scott Donnelly (trialist) (Sinclaire Sandy - 21 for Josh Uzun - 61), 7. Harrison Georgiou, 9. Adda Djaziri (trialist), 11. Jack Sherratt, 4. Harry Lee, 10. Ross Jenkins (trialist) (David Louhoungou (trialist) - 67)
SUBS: 12. Ben Card
ST. ALBANS: Bastock, Hall, Chappell, O'Leary, Martin, Locke, Ashe, Comley, Ngoyi, Keenleyside, Henry
SUBS: Frendo, Eadie, Graham, Bailey, Kaloczi, Goss, Price