Date: 20th September 2006 at 12:11pm
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Orient reserves picked up their third consecutive draw in the Pontin`s Holidays East Combination League with a 0-0 draw at Colchester United.

The O`s skipper John Mackie lined up alongside Brian Saah in central defence whilst Aiden Palmer gave an impressive display at left back. The O`s gave starts to two trialists, Steeve-Joseph Reinette at right back and Ricky Campbell in midfield.

The home side included a number of first team players and really should have taken the lead just short of the half hour mark. Glenn Morris, who has endured a tortuous time of late was guilty of seeing his clearance charged down by Jamie Guy. The Colchester striker was presented with the easiest of chances but somehow managed to hit the post with the goal at his mercy.

It was a huge let off for Orient, but the O`s really should have won the game in the very last minute when Jabo Ibehre ran clear from the home defence only to see his effort beat the ‘keeper and drift agonisingly wide of the post.

Assistant manager Dean Smith was more than satisfised with the O`s performance against a Colchester side that would have gone top if they had won. “It was a good game between two evenly matched teams and I’m pleased with both the performance and the result. A lot of our lads who needed a 90 minute run-out got it, and the back four performed really well, especially Brian Saah and Aiden Palmer”. Smith went on to add, “It’s pleasing that we’re still unbeaten and we’ve done very well to maintain that through three tough away games against Championship clubs”.

Orient: Glenn Morris; Steeve Joseph-Reinette (Allan Matthews 75), Brian Saah, John Mackie, Aiden Palmer; Solomon Shields, Jason Demetriou, Daryl McMahon, Ricky Campbell (Lumumba Amena 60); Jabo Ibehre, Paul Connor.