Leyton Orient 2-0 Gillingham
Kenny Jackett’s new charges continued their impressive pre-season form, after comfortably seeing off their League One visitors.
Having held strong West Ham and Tottenham team, the East Londoners dominated this rain-soaked early Saturday kick-off and went deservedly ahead when one of Jackett’s eight signings, Omar Beckles, crashed a high ball home, after only 13 minutes.
Both sides then traded blows, with a Gills’ Trialist testing Lawrence Vigouroux from a set-piece, before fine Dan Kemp wing play, seven minutes from the interval, saw the O’s Trialist double the lead, stretching to toe-end the former West Ham schemer’s deep cross.
Content to sit on their two-goal lead, after the turnaround, the O’s were barely troubled, with Connor Wood nearly putting through his own goal – but clearing his lines acrobatically – before Gills’ sub, Vandaine Oliver failed to make a decent connection from only eight yards out, in the closing stages.
Jackett said: “It was a good exercise this afternoon. But, pre-season is over. We’re happy with what we’ve done in terms of business. But, now the real stuff starts and we’re looking forward to it.
Jackett warned: “The quality of the opposition is very high in League Two and that will tell us where we are as we strive to have a successful season.
The former Portsmouth and Wolves boss concluded: “It’s a tight division, anybody can beat anybody and traditionally points totals have been low.
You need to get your best side out on a regular basis.”
Orient face a difficult opening day trip to fancied, Salford City, and former Crewe and Shrewsbury man, Beckles added: “I’ve only spent a year in League Two, but I know they’re a good side.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they shape up. Hopefully, we’ll match their work and see what we can do.”
Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Tom James, Omar Beckles, Dan Happe, Connor Wood (Jayden Sweeney 46′), Dan Kemp (Josh Clarke 81′), Hector Kyprianou, Darren Pratley (Capt), Craig Clay, Trialist (Theo Archibald 62′), Ruel Sotiriou
Gillingham: Aaron Chapman (Jamie Cumming 64′), Harvey Linnott, Christian Maghoma, Max Ehmer (Rhys Bennett 64′), David Tutonda (Bailey Akehurst 64′), Trialist (Danny Lloyd 64′), Olly Lee (Kyle Dempsey 64′), Stuart O’Keefe (Ben Reeves 64′), Trialist (Daniel Phillips 64), Trialist (Gerald Sithole 64′), John Akinde (Vandaine Oliver 64′)
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Paul Yates and Micheal Webb
Fourth Official: Paul Taylor