Ben’s all set for Rovers!
SUMMER signing Ben Chorley should be fit for Saturday s League One opener, despite missing the friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend, writes TREVOR DAVIES. Orient boss Geraint Williams revealed on Tuesday: We rested Ben as a precaution, as you ne
SUMMER signing Ben Chorley should be fit for Saturday's League One opener, despite missing the friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
Orient boss Geraint Williams revealed on Tuesday: "We rested Ben as a precaution, as you never want to take too many chances with an Achilles problem. But I'm sure he will be available for the weekend."
Apart from Chorley's Achilles, the only other injury worry is midfielder Adam Chambers, who has missed most of pre-season with a calf problem, and Williams admits he will not be in contention for Saturday.
The O's boss is now planning the final touches for the weekend and admitted: "Most of the work has been done, it's just about fine- tuning things."
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And Williams will be keen to launch the campaign with a victory. "You know my philosophy, it's to go out and try to win every game," he said.
"At the end of the day, it will be down to what we do, and if we do things right, then there is no reason why we can't win on Saturday."
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That will be the only target Williams sets in what he acknowledges will be a difficult season.
"It's going to be tough division, there is no doubt about that. You only have to look at the size of some of the clubs we will be competing against," he said.
"Big clubs, with big budgets, it's going to be a challenge. But it's a challenge that's appealing and, if we get our preparation right and do the right things on the field, there is no reason why we can't win games.
"As I said before, the target is to set ourselves up to try and win every game.
"I don't think there have ever been so many big hitters in this division, but that should not worry us.
"We have players here with character and players here with quality. I'm not really concerned about the opposition, it's down to what we do, and if we play with purpose and intent and think about what we're doing, then this division will not hold any fears."
Williams has been pleased with pre-season and said: "We have worked hard and there have been a few ups and downs in terms of results, but that is what pre-season is all about.
"It proved that when we put our strongest side out we can compete, but when you play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, it also gives the younger players an opportunity. It is a tough step up from the youth team, but it is a great chance for them to show what they can do."
After starting their league programme at Bristol Rovers, the O's hit the trail again on Tuesday night, when they play at Colchester in the first round of the Carling Cup.
It means that the O's do not have a chance to play in front of their own fans until they host Oldham Athletic on Saturday, August 15.
But Williams is unconcerned by Orient's away-day start.
"You just have to take it as it comes and get on with it. You have no control over the fixtures, so there is no point worrying about it," he said.
"But I know about going to the Memorial Ground. It's a tough place and Bristol Rovers will be a solid, well-drilled side and they have Rickie Lambert up front, who is always a handful.
"I did my pro license with Lennie Lawrence and he knows this division inside out."
Recordersport predicted team for Saturday: Jones, Purches, Chorley, Mkandawire, Daniels, Melligan, Smith Thornton, Demetriou, McGleish, Scowcroft.