King's Lynn 2 Leyton Orient 1
27th July 2001
LEYTON Orient manager Tommy Taylor is tipping the Linnets to do well in their forthcoming league campaign after seeing his side well beaten.
Taylor's assessment came after Lynn had run Orient's full first-team ragged in the opening half of Saturday's friendly at The Walks.
The Nationwide Third Division outfit - using a squad of 29 - did improve after the break but nothing could be taken away from Lynn and another impressive pre-season display.
Taylor said: "Lynn look a very good side. It was a good workout for us and I wish them well for the coming season.
"I'm sure they'll do well. They are very strong at the back and have a bit of pace up front"
Taylor was particularly impressed with midfielder Adie Hayes, who he had under his wing when he was manager of Cambridge United.
He said: "I had Adie with me on a YTS at Cambridge United and I rated him highly then.
"He has a sweet left foot and seems to have matured as a player after watching him today."
Linnets manager Tony Spearing was delighted with the performance of his players.
He said: "I thought we were magnificent in the first half. The players are starting to play the system we want them to.
"We looked strong at the back, balanced in the middle and very quick up front. It was great to watch at times and the fans liked what they saw"
Lynn dominated from the start and opened the scoring in the 24th minute when captain Dave Robinson glanced in Hayes' corner at the near post.
A minute before the break trialist Louis Evans smashed home Lynn's second from the edge of the box after Orient keeper Glen Morris had fumbled under pressure from Zeke Rowe.
Orient's consolation came in the 61st minute when Craig Brown netted from close range.
: Wilson, Dakin, Robinson, Fuff, Welsh, March, Hayes, Minett, Miller, Jones, Hudson. Subs (all used): Clark, Clarke, Rowe, Eldridge, Evans, Anderson.