O’s offer further proof of progress with Spurs draw

Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur – Breyer Group Stadium – The JE3 Trophy – Report

Leyton Orient 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Leyton Orient displayed further evidence of their progress under Kenny Jackett with a composed and workmanlike performance against a strong Tottenham Hotspur side at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The match is now an annual fixture on the pre-season calendar, raising funds and awareness for the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of former O’s boss, and Spurs defender, Justin Edinburgh.

Nuno Espírito Santo – in charge of the Lilywhites for the first time – fielded a strong line-up, despite the absentees still resting following their Euro 2020 exploits.

Orient had impressed during their midweek goalless draw with West Ham United. Nevertheless, Lawrence Vigouroux needed to be alert, clutching Nile John’s early attempt low to his right as Spurs created the first clear-cut opportunity on what was a warm and humid afternoon.

Orient responded – Aaron Drinan nodded over after Connor Wood had picked him out from the left, while Daniel Nkrumah – an incredible prospect at just sixteen – drilled over from an acute angle as Spurs were offered food for thought.

Vigouroux did well to push aside another attempt from John – the stopper then raced from his goal to nod clear as Spurs stepped up the pace, while the hosts defended stoutly.

But there was now a sense that Spurs had found their feet. Dane Scarlett neatly beat Vigouroux with a left-footed strike after Lucas Moura had fashioned an opening.

Alfie Whiteman had replaced Joe Hart at the interval – the young Spurs keeper did well in dealing with Dan Kemp’s dead-ball attempt. Meanwhile, the Lilywhites changed all ten outfield players on the hour as Nuno grabbed an opportunity to look over his squad in depth.

O’s made a couple of changes – one of whom made an immediate impact. Ruel Sotiriou ran at the youthful Spurs backline before neatly dispatching beyond Whiteman, left-footed from twelve yards. It was no more than the home side deserved for their honest and tireless toil.

Leyton Orient’s Dan Happe gets the better of Dele Alli during Leyton Orient’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the Breyer Group Stadium (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Dan Kemp scuffed wide as Orient sensed blood. Meanwhile, Craig Clay produced a fantastic saving tackle to deny Jack Clarke a sight of goal as Spurs countered.

Leyton Orient continues their pre-season activity with a trip to Maidenhead United on Saturday, July 24 (3pm). Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur visits the JobServe Community Stadium on Wednesday 21 to face Colchester United (7:45pm).

Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Connor Wood, Dan Happe, Paul Smyth (Josh Clarke 69’), Craig Clay, Dan Kemp (Matt Young 86’), Daniel Nkrumah (Jephte Tanga 78’), Aaron Drinan (Ruel Sotiriou 69’), Darren Pratley, Sad Ogie, Hector Kyprianou (Anthony Papadopoulos 78’) Subs not used: Noah Phillips (GK), Lee Hodson, Ouss Cisse, Lewis Hobbs, Jayden Sweeney

Booked: None
Goals: Ruel Sotiriou 72’

Tottenham Hotspur: Joe Hart (Alfie Whiteman 46’), Kallum Cesay, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Eric Dier (Capt), Maksim Pascotsi, Nile John, Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Dane Scarlett

Tottenham Hotspur (from 64’ mins): Alfie Whiteman, Harvey White, Troy Parrott, Jack Clarke, TJ Eyoma, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole, Jamie Bowden, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Romain Mundle, Alfie Devine

Booked: None
Goals: Dane Scarlett 38’

Referee: John Busby
Assistants: Michael Chard and Garry Maskell
Fourth Official: Paul Taylor

Brian Jeeves

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