Manley frustrated with missed opportunities

Laindon Orient 1-1 Old Southendian Reserves

David Manley was left slightly frustrated after missed opportunities cost his side all three ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Division Two points against a well-drilled Laindon Orient side at Markhams Chase.

Greg Molford passed un an early opportunity from the spot to hand the Old Boys an advantage. And that appeared costly when James Shadwell fired the O’s in front after half an hour.

However, Tom Smith’s free-kick from distance ensured a share of the spoils for the Seasiders, but further chances were spurned, much to the managers’ frustration

“It was a frustrating day in the office because we dominated possession and played some great football in tough conditions,” the Old Boys boss told Yellow Sport.

“Tom scored an early contender for goal of the season and we kept battling till the end.”

Manley added: “We created multiple chances to win and a late strike from David Stubbs was cleared superbly off the line which kind of summed up our afternoon.

“It’s been a slow start to the season but the boys are doing everything we’ve asked so far so confident we’ll get back to winning ways.”

Brian Jeeves