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Orient’s pre-season preparation set to go up a notch

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 July 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on from the touchline against Wrexham (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on from the touchline against Wrexham (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Justin Edinburgh’s team can expect to be tested up against Concord Rangers and St Albans City over the next week

Leyton Orient’s preparation for the new National League season will take a step up over the next seven days.

The O’s are gearing up for the opening competitive match of the campaign on August 4 and arranged to face some serious tests in July.

After beginning pre-season at Harlow Town, where they won 7-0, Orient spent last week in Portugal and ended their time in the Algarve with a 5-4 loss to Benfica B.

Over the coming days, Justin Edinburgh’s team will test themselves against sides from the division below.

East Thurrock United were the first National League South outfit to host the O’s on Tuesday in a game which saw Orient defender Marvin Ekpiteta return to Rookery Hill again as the visitors secured a 4-0 victory.

Coming up next for the east Londoners this weekend is a trip to Concord Rangers, who are now managed by former midfielder Sammy Moore.

Moore enjoyed a two-year stay at Brisbane Road during 2015 and 2017 and although it was an up and down time for Orient as a club, the 30-year-old developed a good rapport with the fans.

He has made a number of signings since taking over at Thames Road and several have links to the O’s.

Sean Clohessy is a Concord player and will be well-known to Orient supporters after he played 47 times for the club in the 2015/16 campaign.

Clohessy was released at the start of the following term and spent time with Moore at Leatherhead before joining him in Essex.

He will go up against his old club on Saturday and so will Frazer Shaw – another player who featured for the O’s in the 2015/16 season.

Also potentially part of the Concord team this weekend is Aron Pollock, who left Orient in March after working his way through the academy at Brisbane Road.

Injuries blighted his time in E10, but after linking up with Moore at Leatherhead, he has already played for Rangers in pre-season and could line up against O’s on Saturday.

After Orient have taken on Concord, Edinburgh will take his team to St Albans City on Tuesday (July 24).

The Clarence Park club finished eighth last season and will provide O’s with a stern examination next week.

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