Six of the best for Leyton Orient at Harlow Town, as Steve Davis’ team cruise to comfortable win
PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 15 July 2017
Pre-season friendly: Harlow Town 1 Leyton Orient 6
Leyton Orient kicked off life under Steve Davis with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Harlow Town on a memorable day for everyone associated with the club.
David Mooney and Macauley Bonne were among the goalscorers at the Harlow Arena, as O’s showed their class in both halves.
Plenty of Orient supporters made the journey up the M11 to Harlow Arena to see O’s for the first time since they were taken over by Nigel Travis and Kent Teague.
Davis played a mixture of youngsters and experienced players in his first starting XI as head coach.
Charlie Grainger was in goal with a back four of Jake Caprice, Aron Pollock, Dan Happe and Christian Scales.
Henry Ochieng and Alex Lawless were in front of the defence with Trialists A, Steven Alzate and Tristan Abrahams just behind Mooney up front.
There was plenty of excitement and optimism around O’s at the Harlow Arena, which was in contrast to the end of last season.
Orient had two other trialists on the bench, as Davis decided to take a closer look at a couple of players.
Ex-manager Omer Riza was present as well for O’s first official pre-season game after facing a Tottenham Hotspur XI on Wednesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
With the Harlow Arena being an artificial surface, this was also the perfect preparation for Orient ahead of facing Sutton United on the opening day of the National League season on their 4G pitch at Gander Green Lane.
The Hawks got the game underway and had the first chance of note when Junior Dadson combined with Alex Read, with Dadson forcing Grainger into a smart save after eight minutes.
Davis’ team responded with a fine move, as Mooney played in Abrahams, but he was denied by David Hughes.
Abrahams was looking lively and had a snap-shot in the 19th minute, which sailed just wide of the Harlow goal.
O’s were looking assured, though the hosts had also showed they were more than capable and demonstrated that even further in the 23rd minute.
Happe initially headed a long throw into the area away from goal, but Dadson latched onto the rebound and rifled past Grainger.
It took Orient just two minutes to reply, however, and of course the first goal of the new era was scored by Mooney.
Scales did well on the left and cut back for the forward to guide the ball into the corner from eight-yards.
Mooney looked right at home again in an Orient shirt and was starting to pull the strings for Davis’ side.
He nearly chipped Abrahams through on goal before curling an effort wide from the left-hand side.
The new-look O’s team were growing in confidence and took the lead four minutes before the break.
A nice move on the right saw Caprice pick out Mooney at the back post and despite his header being saved, Abrahams was on hand to fire in the rebound.
It was another encouraging sign for Davis and co despite the squad only spending a couple of weeks together.
Reece Dobson flashed a header wide of Grainger’s goal just before the break, but at the interval it was 2-1 to the O’s.
Davis made 11 changes for the second half with Sam Sargeant replacing Grainger in goal and a back four of Myles Judd, Michael Clark, Teddy Perkins and Joe Widdowson.
Josh Koroma was on the right with Charlie Lee and Rian McLean in the middle and Trialist B out on the left.
Bonne partnered Trialist C up front and he made an immediate impression at Harlow Arena.
Trialist B was picked out from a corner and cut inside before lashing past Hughes and into the net after 52 minutes.
Orient were beginning to step up the pace and Trialist B found Koroma at the back post, but he side-footed wide.
Koroma went close again in the 66th minute, as he made the most of a mistake and rounded Charlie Dickens, yet fired into the side-netting.
Two minutes later and Orient did grab a fourth, as Trialist C crossed in and Bonne headed in from close range.
Davis would have been happy to see three of his forward options finding the net in Mooney, Abrahams and Bonne.
Trialist B was catching the eye, as O’s looked in cruise control at Harlow Area with the seconds ticking away.
Orient kept on creating chances and added a fifth in the 80th minute, as Bonne was played in and calmly fired into the corner.
It was another good moment for Davis and the big O’s support at the Harlow Arena with 1,274 fans overall packing in the stadium.
Trialist B was looking the part and added a second in the 86th minute, as he smashed into the corner from 30-yards.
Orient should have scored a seventh two minutes before full time when Koroma burst past his marker, but Trialist C failed to get a strong connection and Dickens grabbed the loose ball.
The full time whistle followed soon after to hand O’s and Davis the perfect start to pre-season.
Leyton Orient: Grainger (Sargeant 46); Caprice (Judd 46), Pollock (Clark 46), Happe (Perkins 46), Scales (Widdowson 46); Lawless (Lee 46), Ochieng (McLean 46); Trialist A (Koroma 46), Alzate (Trialist B 46), Abrahams (Bonne 46); Mooney (Trialist C).
Unused substitutes: Barker, Alderson.