Date: 26th July 2015 at 11:36am
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Colchester got the taste of defeat for the first time this pre-season when Leyton Orient went away from the Weston Homes Community Stadium with victory on Saturday.

Having won all of the previous friendlies, including the most recent at the WHCS against a West Ham XI earlier in the week, perhaps the U’s were brought back down to earth a little by this three-nil setback!

It’s still only a friendly after all….

Paul McCallum headed Orient into a half time lead from a Sean Clohessy cross, perhaps a sweet moment for the former U’s man who endured a difficult spell with the club last season before his eventual release by mutual consent this summer.

McCallum, released himself by West Ham after a loan with Portsmouth last season that saw him handed a hefty seven-match ban I think it was for a sending off – extended by his pushing of an official, added the second in the second half with another header, again Clohessy played a part.

When Scott Kashket got off the bench to make it three that was that.

The paintwork on the frame of the goals may need touching up as this was struck, by both sides a few times during the afternoon!

Positively, and you’ve got to take them, Sam Walker made his first appearance of pre-season with the U’s ‘keeper back after his knee injury.

Speaking of positives, Tony Humes looked to take these from the game with him saying it was ‘a good workout’ with some getting, most importantly, some more time of the pitch as the U’s move ‘to where we want to get.’

He told the Gazette.

‘It was a good pre-season work-out and it was good for another couple of players – George Moncur and Frankie Kent – to get 90 minutes.

‘Bit by bit we`re building up to where we want to get and there were a lot of good things to come out of it.

‘Orient gave us problems and were a bit sharper than us. I don`t think we made too many opportunities, so need to be a bit more creative.

‘But overall, it`s a pre-season game and another opportunity to learn more about where we need to get to. Everyone got something from the game and we`re building up to August 8. That`s what it`s about.’


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