Mixed fortunes for Williams as O’s slip to defeat

ORIENT completed their pre-season programme when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, as Scott Griffiths won the game for the home side with a last-gasp header. After the match, O s boss Geraint Williams admitted: I thought t

ORIENT completed their pre-season programme when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, as Scott Griffiths won the game for the home side with a last-gasp header.

After the match, O's boss Geraint Williams admitted: "I thought the defence looked very solid.

"But I was very disappointed with our use of the ball.

"In patches in the first half we moved it well, but certainly not well enough, as we didn't create enough in the final third.


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"Defensively it was very good, there were no injuries, but with the ball, not good enough.

"What I know, which I knew at the start, is that I've got a good, honest group of lads, and they are going to give everything this season to get as many points as we can.

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"If we do things well defensively and with the ball, we'll win games, if we don't, we won't."

Striker James Scowcroft played for 74 minutes, which pleased Williams.

"He's settling in very well, he's a good lad, we knew that, and he has showed patches of quality," he added.

"But he has missed the first two to three weeks of pre-season.

"He's done some work himself, but it's not the same as working in a group and being pulled along by others.

"He got some good game time under him though, and will push on from that."

There were no trialists on view for the Os on Saturday and although Williams had given run outs to Peter Gilbert and Matt Richards, who has now joined Walsall, neither will be joining the O's.

"I spoke with the lads about why we didn't take them on and they know why," he said.

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