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REPORT: Tamworth 1-1 Orient

17 July 2013

Midlands side provide stern test as the O's maintain unbeaten pre-season record

A composed early strike from Moses Odubajo was not enough to hand the O's victory against a battling Tamworth as Louis Harris grabbed a second half equaliser for the physical home side. 

Orient manager Russell Slade named another experienced starting XI as his side travelled to The Lamb to take on Conference side Tamworth on a sweltering evening in the midlands. 

The O's took the lead with their first attack of note after six minutes when a Nathan Clarke long throw was headed only as far as Moses Odubajo who kept his calm to control and fire home from just inside the penalty area. 

Tamworth looked lively and almost pulled level immediately when Ben Richards-Everton lost his man from a free-kick but could only head over. 

It was a better workout for the O's than against their previous opponents as Tamworth proved a physical test at times but Odubajo almost grabbed his second with 20 minutes on the clock when he fired a shot from distance with his left foot but it sailed narrowly over the bar. 

Two minutes later the O's produced their best move of the match when Romain Vincelot picked out Gary Sawyer on the left hand side who controlled well and half-volleyed a cross in for Kevin Lisbie who rose well and got a powerful header away but it was straight at the keeper Cameron Belford. 

The home side looked strong in defence as Orient failed to carve out many openings though retained the ball neatly at times in middle third with Lloyd James impressing on his return to the side having missed the previous friendly at Welling. 

Batt tried his luck with a speculative effort from 35 yards towards the end of the half but the scoreline remained 1-0 heading into the interval. 

The O's were unchanged for the second period and almost immediately had the chance to further their lead when a minute after the restart Lisbie was hauled down inside the box for a penalty. Lisbie got up to take the penalty himself but his side-footed strike was pushed away for a corner by the goalkeeper. 

The save spurred on the home side who had a chance minutes later when the substitute Richard Peniket got a shot away but Jake Larkins smothered his effort with ease. 

With 54 gone, the O's produced a move of class as they moved the ball from left to right through the midfield before David Mooney bent in a cross but Batt could only head over.

The tempo dropped as the game wore on but Tamworth had a chance to level it when Orient subsitute Harrison Georgiou was robbed in possession by Jake Jones who drove forwards but fired to the right of Larkins' goal.

But it was Jones who was instrumental in getting his side level when he burst through the O's defence and shot against Larkins' post, the rebound fell kindly for Louis Harris who kept his cool and slotted home the rebound. 

Trialist Alex Addai had a chance to snatch it towards the death when Georgiou put him through but his toe-poke rooled narrowly wide of the upright. 

ORIENT: Larkins; Cuthbert (Vanderhyde 78), Baudry (Omozusi 67), Clarke (C), Sawyer; Batt (Georgiou 67), Vincelot, James, Odubajo; Mooney, Lisbie (Addai 67)

Subs: Sherratt

TAMWORTH: Cameron Belford – Jake Evans, Duane Courtney (Tom Eckersley 61), Jordan Rose (Matt Regan 61), Tony Capaldi (Connor Gudger 65) – Ben Richards-Everton, Lloyd Kerry (Louis Harris 75), Richard Baker (Lee Hendrie 75), Justin Richards (Stuart Hendrie 73) – Darren Byfield (Richard Peniket 46), Kaiyne Woolery (Jake Jones 46).

 Subs (not used): James Wren, Deqwon Ebanks, Scott James

Attendance: 409


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