An Orient XI fought out a goalless draw in a friendly at League Two side Barnet this afternoon.
Michael Clark captained the side that consisted mainly of young professionals and scholars, whilst Matt Harrold started up front following a calf problem which had kept him on the sidelines prior to Saturday’s trip to Wrexham.
With the game being played at the Hive, both sides cancelled each other out during the opening exchanges before Sam Dalby, who was operating in a role just behind Matt Harrold and Josh Koroma, registered the first effort on goal when his free-kick was well held by the goalkeeper.
Dalby’s effort led to several other opportunities for the O’s as they grew into the half, with Harrold drilling a low free-kick wide before defender Aron Pollock headed over from a Charley Barker set-piece.
Following the interval both sides continued to battle for control of the game, with the O’s once again creating the first chance as Myles Judd burst forward down the right and cut the back to Dalby who took a touch before directing a shot goalwards which was touched behind.
Ruel Sotiriou then came on in place of Harrold on the hour, and the young striker created several half chances with some neat footwork in and around the penalty area but Barnet managed to recover well on each occasion to prevent a shot.
With a good intensity to the game Barnet had failed to trouble Sam Sargeant in the Orient goal much throughout, though with minutes remaining on the clock the Orient shot-stopper reacted well to palm a powerful strike from outside the box away to his left as the match ended in a draw.
ORIENT: Sargeant, Judd (Camilo-Tayaca 81), Clark (C), Pollock (Perkins HT), Scales (Stevenson 81), Ochieng, Barker, Clayden, Dalby, Harrold (Sotiriou 61), Koroma