Date: 31st July 2006 at 2:57pm
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Orient lost their final warm-up game at Layer Road with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Championship side, Colchester United.

Orient suffered their 4th defeat in six games as Colchester United proved too strong for Martin Ling`s men. Despite taking a 77th second lead through Gary Alexander, the U`s came back to lead 2-1 before Darryl McMahon levelled with a second half equaliser. However, Orient couldn`t manage to grind out the draw as with just six minutes to go the home side secured victory.

Orient continued their trend for scoring early goals as Gary Alexander scored yet again, this time taking Wayne Corden`s angled ball in his path before shooting low and hard across Davison into the corner. Having taken the lead early in games at Southend and Dagenham, Orient were not in unusual territory, however, the hosts were level on 33 with a peach of a goal from former Tottenham man, Johnnie Jackson. The left sided player took advantage of the room afforded to him and let fly with a magnificent 25 yard strike which gave Glyn Garner no chance whatsoever.

The U`s went ahead on 52 with Jamie Cureton`s beautiful curling effort from the edge of the box after good work from Jamie Guy and Elokobi had a goal disallowed as Colchester threatened to run riot. However, Orient once again showed their resilience and found themselves level on 75. Darryl McMahon, who has played quite brilliantly at times during pre-season, found himself with room in the midfield and having capitalised on the space and played a one two with Lee Steele which left the Irishman clean through on goal and McMahon made no mistake, calmly stroking the ball past the helpless ‘keeper.

Despite the equaliser, Orient couldn`t hold on as Jamie Guy`s goal on 84 minutes gave the hosts the victory that they probably deserved. On a brighter note for Orient will be the goal scoring exploits of Gary Alexander after O`s striker netted for the third time in pre-season, whilst the performance of Darryl McMahon will also have given encouragement to Martin Ling.

Although Orient continue to give teams problems when they attack, the defence remains a concern. A number of soft goals have been conceded, whilst Orient have let in numerous goals in the final stages of the game. This must be a concern to Martin Ling who may be deprived of John Mackie`s services for the opening games of the season. With the start of the season only days away, Orient must surely seal up their defence if they are to have any chance of taking something from Vale Park on Saturday afternoon.