Date: 21st July 2006 at 5:02pm
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Orient travel to Southend on Saturday looking to record yet another victory at the home of their local rivals. The Shrimpers clinched a place in the Championship last season following their play-off success in 2004/5, but they will also be aware that Orient have won on four of their last five visits to Roots Hall.

Having managed to reverse a 2-0 deficit against Grays to pick up their first victory in pre-season, the O`s will face a far tougher test against Southend. There will be a host of familiar names in the Shrimpers line up with Freddy Eastwood playing alongside the likes of Luke Guttridge, Adam Barrett and former Orient target, Kevin Maher. There could also be an appearance by former Bolton and one time England striker, Michael Ricketts who has signed for the Essex club. Orient fans will also remember Jamal Campbell-Ryce who now plays for the Shrimpers following his transfer from Rotherham United.

Southend won 7-0 against Great Wakering Rovers during the week and are expected to field goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan as he has returned to full fitness following a finger injury. Southend could also give appearances to a couple of trialists with Moroccan Abdi Mssassi and Frenchman Kamal both looking to secure deals.


Former Orient manager Paul Brush, who now works alongside Southend manager Steve Tilson, thinks that Orient will provide a tough test for his side. ‘We’re relatively pleased with how our pre-season is going so far. Orient will provide more difficult opposition so it will be interesting to see how we are coming along and how we will cope”.

Orient will be at full strength for the game with the exception of long term absentee, Efe Echanomi. The young forward is currently away at Lilleshall undergoing rehabilitation.

Assistant manager Dean Smith is looking forward to taking on Southend. “It’s a step up in class and it’s a game we’ve been looking forward to”, Smith said. “We know their management team and they know us and it should be a good contest. “The lads will get longer out there on the pitch as we build towards 90 minutes and it will be another useful exercise for us”.

Orient managed a 1-0 win at Roots Hall last season courtesy of a goal from skipper John Mackie.

O`s fans are reminded that the game is all-ticket for away fans and that no tickets will be sold to O`s fans on the day. Kick off is at 1pm.