Mixed week for Leyton Orient’s academy players Charley Barker and Sam Roach

Leyton Orient youth team captain Charley Barker in action for Soham Town Rangers against Hornchurch

Leyton Orient youth team captain Charley Barker in action for Soham Town Rangers against Hornchurch (pic: Tim Edwards). - Credit: Archant

Orient’s under-18 captain Barker started his second game for for Soham Town Rangers in the Ryman North

Leyton Orient's young goalkeeper Sam Roach in action for Histon (pic: Mark Hopkin).

Leyton Orient's young goalkeeper Sam Roach in action for Histon (pic: Mark Hopkin). - Credit: Archant

Leyton Orient’s two academy players on loan at non-league clubs were unable to help their teams pick up some much-needed points this week.

Charley Barker was handed another chance for Soham Town Rangers in the Ryman North on Saturday.

The O’s under-18 captain started against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue, but couldn’t stop the hosts winning 1-0.

Barker played 76 minutes before being replaced and the narrow defeat leaves Greens just above the bottom three.


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The Cambridgeshire club have two games coming up this week and will hope to get back to winning ways.

Greens and Barker make the trip to basement club Great Wakering Rovers this weekend and will target a victory.

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Soham Town have a trickier encounter on Tuesday at second-placed Brightlingsea Regent, but will be hopeful of claiming some reward over the next seven days.

It has been a mixed week for Sam Roach at Histon with the goalkeeper only able to play once due to injury.

The Stutes hosted mid-table outfit Beaconsfield SYCOB in the Southern Football League Division One on Saturday.

Roach started and produced one exceptional save in the second half when Histon were winning 2-1.

Unfortunately the Orient youngster had a mix up with defender Cameron Watson shortly after and Beaconsfield equalised.

The visitors then provided a real sucker punch for Histon with a late winner to hand the home side a harsh 3-2 defeat.

Roach was then unable to turn out for the Stutes on Tuesday night when Chalfont St Peter visited Bridge Road.

Orient’s young goalkeeper picked up an injury on Saturday, but his Histon team-mates battled to a goalless draw.

Unfortunately the Cambridgeshire club remain in the relegation zone and are still three points from safety.

Roach will hope to return for Histon this weekend when they visit eighth-placed Potters Bar Town.

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