“It Will Be a Massive Three Points

Leyton Orient defender Daniel Happe feels today’s clash with Maidenhead could be very important. The O’s were knocked off top spot by Solihull Moors on Tuesday for the first time since November and can reassert themselves with a victory over the Magpies . Speaking to the O’s Show Happe statedit will be a massive three points if we win, as you know Solihull went above us but we have a game hand but it will be a big three points if we get it”

  • Sit 2nd on 61 points – two behind Solihull Moors
  • Unbeaten in last three – W2  D1
  • Lost two of their last eight games  – W4  D2  L2
  •  League Record – P32  W17  D10  L5  F53  A23

The O’s head into Saturday’s clash with Maidenhead on the back of a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool last weekend. Captain Jobi McAnuff’s deflected effort put them ahead before Nicke Kabamba levelled right on half time. Dean Brill saved a second half penalty save from Liam Noble to preserve a point. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com I always think on the road any point is valuable, it was a tough encounter, very scrappy and the conditions weren’t great but we definitely look at it as a point gained”

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

The O’s took the lead at Hartlepool but just before the break and had to be thankful for goalkeeper Dean Brill for his penalty save. After taking the lead, Edinburgh was disappointed in how his side failed to protect their lead heading into the break. Speaking to leytonorient.com the disappointment today is our game management, at times where we were in good positions with the back four in our half we never seemed to manage the play behind that. We got caught on the counter attack today which is very unlike us and the goal was a bit like that”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games (four at home)
  • Scored in last three games and four of the last five
  • Scored in six of their last seven home games
  • Only scored six goals in their last seven league games

Goalkeeper Brill has been an every present under Justin Edinburgh, playing every minute. The 33 year old made his second consecutive penalty save at Hartlepool preserving Orient’s fantastic defensive record. Only Wrexham have conceded fewer goals this season and Brill stated to leytonorient.com we pride ourselves on still have one of the best defensive records in the league, it is a hard league and we dealt with what they put to us quite well but once you let people inside your box, there is always a danger”.

  • Kept 14 clean sheets – (nine at home)
  • Kept two clean sheets in last three games
  • Kept three in last five games
  • Kept six in last eight home games

With just six points separating the top six, the battle for promotion will continue to hot up in the last few months of the season. The O’s face a hectic March with at least eight fixtures but defender Happe highlights his side need to embrace the challenge and enjoy the ride. Speaking to the O’s Show it is a massive couple of months, all the boys have got to push hard and look forward. We need to enjoy it and take it in our step”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Seven Fixtures

  • Home League Record – P16  W10  D4  L2  F29  A10
  • Won their last two
  • Won six of their last seven, 12 points from last 15 in league
  • Only lost one of their last 11 home games – W8  D2  L1

Jay Simpson returned to the O’s in midweek on a short term deal till the end of the season after a spell in the MLS. The 30 year old could make his 100th appearance against Maidenhead and finally made his decision to return to the O’s after training with the club. Speaking to leytonorient.com I want to get promoted, I believe we can do it. Justin thinks that I can come in and be the missing piece which can finally get us over the line. The pressure is on me to come in and help out the boys and produce but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to”.

  • 33/53 goals have been scored in the second half- (20/29 at home)
  • Only Harrogate (39) have netted more in the second half
  • Scored 16 goals in the finals 15 minutes of games (10 have come at home)
  • Seven of their last 11 goals have been scored in second period

Team News

New signing Jay Simpson could make his debut after receiving his International Clearance in midweek. Jordan Maguire-Drew and Sam Ling should return after missing the trip to Hartlepool last weekend. James Dayton, Marvin Ekpiteta, Josh Coulson and Josh Koroma all remain sidelined through injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 2, Draw 0, Maidenhead 1

Maidenhead H2H

The Three Meeting Between Sides

  • All three wins have been by the away side
  • Only the away side has scored in the fixture
  • All four goals in the fixture have been before 30 minutes, three in the opening 15 minutes
  • All three Orient goals have been scored by strikers

Last Time Out – Hartlepool 1-1 Leyton Orient

Orient at Hartlepool

Starting 11 vs Hartlepool

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-1 Maidenhead

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“Everyone Will Be Expecting Us to Lose Apart From Us”

Maidenhead United manager Alan Devonshire is hoping his side can pull off a shock as they travel to promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient on Saturday. The O’s are aiming for a return to the Football League and are firm favourites but the 62 year old feels the underdog tag could help his side. Speaking to maidenhead-advertisereveryone will be expecting us to lose apart from us, we’ll be up for it” .

  • Sit 19th on 34 points – one point above the relegation zone
  • Only lost two of their last seven – W3  D2  L2
  • League Record – P32  W10  D4  L18  F34  A55
  • Only Braintree (19) and Maidstone (20) have lost more games than Maidenhead

The Magpies head to East London after picking up their first win in three games last weekend. James Akintunde’s first for the club proved the difference against Boreham Wood. Devonshire praised the performance of his side and stated to maidenhead-advertiserwe played really well and fully deserved the win, we created a lot of chances and we hit the post as well, so we got what we deserved”.

Maidenhead Last 6 games

Maidenhead’s Last Six Results

Maidenhead struggled to get into their rhythm in the first half with the windy conditions but after the break it was a different story. The Magpies should have scored more than one with assistant coach Sam Lock praising the effort of all of the players. Speaking to maidenheadunited fc I thought we dominated the second half, we created numerous chances. The boys were excellent today, every single on of them put a shift in and they’re buzzing in there”.

  • Failed to score in 14 league games – only Aldershot (16) have failed to score in more
  • Scored in five of their last six games
  • Scored in two of their last three away games
  • Only netted more than once in one of their last eight games

With just two points separating 16th and 21st in the league table, the victory over Boreham Wood was vital to keep themselves above the dreaded relegation zone. Maidenhead finished 12th in their first season at this level last year and will be hoping to preserve their status once more. Devonshire is fully aware that with 14 games to go, there are plenty of points left to play for. Speaking to maidenhead-advertiser I think it will go down to the wire but we know the points target we want and we won’t relax until we get them. There is a long way to go”

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (four away)
  • Worst defensive record in league alongside Braintree
  • First clean sheet in five against Boreham Wood
  • No clean sheet in last two away games but kept two in their last four
  • Kept three clean sheets in last six away games
Maidenhead last 5 seasons

Maidenhead’s Last Five Season Finishes

Devonshire is in his fourth season with the Magpies and has been steadily improving them under his management. Their recent win should boost confidence heading into the home straight with Lock revealing to maidenheadfc we got the three points and I couldn’t care less how it came about. The most important thing is we got the points”. Results against Orient will not determine their outcome but Devonshire will definitely have an eye on the four home games against his relegation rivals.

Maidenhed games

Key Home Games for Maidenhead

  • Have conceded 31/55 goals in second half (16/25 away)
  • Conceded 25 in the final 30 minutes of matches – the most in league
  • Six of their last nine conceded have been in second period

 

After opening his account against Boreham Wood, Sam Lock is hopeful that James Akintunde can add to his tally in the end of season run in. The 22 year old moved to York Road in the summer after two years with Chester and finally ended his baron spell in front of goal. Lock spoke on Akintunde to maidenhead-advertiser I believe there is no reason why he can’t kick on and get double figures this year. He’s that type of player. Everyone’s buzzing with confidence, it’s a really good day”.

  • 19/34 goals scored have been in first half (9/15 away)
  • Have netted 26% of their goals between 31-45 minutes
  • Four of their last seven goals have been in first half

Devonshire’s men will be hoping they can replicate the performance which saw them leave with E10 with three points back in April. Ryan Upward netted the only goal in the game but Orient are a different proposition this season. With a big crowd expected Devonshire is aware of the size of the challenge that awaits his team tomorrow. Speaking to maidenhead-advertiserit will be a massive test, there will be 7,000 people there”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W5  D2  L9  F15  A25
  • Won two of their last three on the road
  • Taken ten points from last 18 available on their travels
  • Only three teams conceded more on the road than Maidenhead

Team News

Midfielder Harold Odametey is suspended after getting sent off for two bookings against Boreham Wood. Recent signing Mike Fondop should be available after joining on loan from Wrexham in midweek.

Head to Head – Maidenhead 1, Draw 0, Leyton Orient 2

Maidenhead H2H

The Three Meetings Between Sides

  • All three wins have been by the away side
  • Only the away side has scored in the fixture
  • All four goals in the fixture have been before 30 minutes, three in the opening 15 minutes

Last Time Out – Maidenhead 1-0 Boreham Wood, 09/02/2019

Maidenhead vs Boreham Wood

Starting 11 vs Boreham Wood

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-1 Maidenhead

 

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“It’s All About Us”

Leyton Orient defender Jamie Turley insists his side only need to concentrate on themselves. The O’s have a three point cushion at the top of the National League ahead of their trip to Hartlepool and Turley is keen for his side to pick up another positive result in the North East. Speaking to East London Advertiser we are in a great position and it’s all about us, we just need to keep carrying on the way we have been going and keep ticking along. We need to keep it going, keep picking up points and just need to focus on ourselves”/

  • Sit 1st on 60 points – three point gap to second
  • Won back to back games for first time since December
  • League Record – P31  W17  D9  L5  F52  A22
  • Four wins in their last six – W4  L2

The O’s head north to Hartlepool after making the FA Trophy quarter finals with a 1-0 home win over Blyth Spartans last weekend. Jamie Turley’s 83th minute header secured victory for Orient with First Team Development Coach Danny Webb delighted his side were able to grind out the win. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was a good result, it wasn’t a fantastic game or an amazing performance, you would rather that every week winning and not playing particularly well, we’ll take the result”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Turley arrived at the O’s in January after swapping a relegation battle for a promotion push. The 28 year old has slotted into the O’s defence in the absence of regular center halves Josh Coulson and Marvin Ekpiteta and is building a good partnership with Dan Happe. Speaking to leytonorient.com I have really enjoyed it so far, it’s a great group of lads and the management and staff are brilliant. Dan’s a great player, great size and we communicate well with when and where we need to be. Hopefully we can carry on with this good partnership and see where it takes us”.

  • Kept 14 league clean sheets – five away from home
  • Joint best defensive record in division with Wrexham
  • Kept back to back clean sheets
  • Kept three in their last four
  • Kept five in their last seven games in all competitions

The O’s were relegated with Hartlepool back in 2017 from the Football League but have struggled to adapt to life in the fifth tier. Despite the disruption behind the scenes at Victoria Park, Danny Webb highlights his side have to be professional on Saturday. Speaking to East London Advertiser you always seem to be reading about Hartlepool lately with all the things going on there, it won’t make it any easier. They are an ex League club, like ourselves and they will be looking to get into the play off places even though it will be tough”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games
  • Scored in their last two games and three of their last four
  • Only scored two or more goals in one of their last eight matches

After their progression in the FA Trophy and rearranged fixtures, the O’s will hope to change their recent inconsistent away form around with six of their next eight fixtures on the road. Orient may face some fixture congestion later in the season but despite Saturday’s trip to Hartlepool being only one of only two league fixtures scheulded in February, Webb feels Orient are going well. Speaking to leytonorient.com we are ticking along nicely, I am sure there will be a period when some game get called off but at the moment the games are on when they should be”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Eight Games

Following back to back wins, Orient will be looking to make it three on the bounce at Hartlepool. After a couple of defeats over Christmas, three wins in their last four has seen Orient pick up form and Turley is confident on his side chances on  Saturday. Speaking to East London Advertiser we will go to Hartlepool and be solid. Hopefully we can win the game and we will set out to win the game I’m sure”.

  • Away League Record – P15  W7  D5  L3   F23  A12
  • Only Solihull Moors (28) have taken more points away than Orient
  • One win in their last five – W1  D1  L3
  • Taken just one point from last 12 available in league

Team News

Orient will still be without Josh Koroma, Josh Coulson, Marvin Ekpiteta and James Dayton. First team regulars Macauley Bonne, Craig Clay, Charlie Lee, Jobi McAnuff and Joe Widdowson should return after sitting out the victory over Blyth last week. Jamie Turley and Danny Happe will continue at the heart of the Orient defence.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 20, Draw 10, Hartlepool 21

  • Orient haven’t won any of the last three meetings – D1  L2
  • The O’s have failed to score in last two meetings
  • Orient have only won three of the last nine meetings
  • Only one draw in last ten meetings
  • Orient have only won one of the their last five trips to Victoria Road – W1  L4
Hartlepool H2H

The Last Nine Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 02/02/2019 – Leyton Orient 1-0 Blyth Spartans

Orient vs Blyth at home

Starting 11 vs Blyth Spartans

Prediction – Hartlepool 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“It’s The Biggest Challenge”

Hartlepool manager Craig Hignett is relishing the visit of league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday. Hignett who returned to the management hot seat back in January is fully aware of the test that awaits his side but feels it can highlight where is side are. Speaking to hartlepoolunited.co.uk it’s the biggest challenge, their top of the pile and have been great this season. Justin Edinburgh has done a fantastic job with them, they are a big club and it will be a real tough game but a good gage to where we are in the grand scheme of things”

  • Sit 15th on 39 points – nine points above relegation zone
  • League Record – P31  W10  D9  L12  F34  A42
  • One win in last four – W1  L3
  • Only two wins in last eight games – W2  D2  L4

Hartlepool head into the clash after a 2-1 home victory over Braintree two weeks ago. A second half comeback with goals from Nicke Kabamba and Josh Hawkes ensured victory. Hignett who took charge of his first game was delighted with the response of his side after falling behind stating to Non-League Paper it was a good start, winning was the most important thing after what has gone on. I’m delighted overall, the second half especially and the win was the most important thing, it was about getting three points”.

Hartlepool last 6

Hartlepool’s Las Six Results

Pool saw their match against Ebbsfleet postponed last weekend due to adverse weather conditions which disappointed Hignett. After picking up their first win in four games against Braintree, Hignett thought it was a perfect chance to back it up. Speaking to hartlepoolunited.co.uk we wanted to play, to try and get a bit of momentum. We had a good result the week before and we wanted to try and build on it”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W5  D6  L6  F20  A21
  • Two league wins since October
  • Won two of their last four – W2  L2
  • Taken just six points from last 24 available at home

It’s been a turbulent campaign at Pool this season with Hignett the third manager of the season following Matthew Bates and Richard Money. Sitting nine points from the bottom four, Hignett is keen to start planning for the following season but wants to bring the feel good factor to Victoria Park. Speaking to hartlepoolunited.co.uk we have to win as many games as possible, we want to push on this season, we are not giving it up. We’ve got to bring back a feel good factor back. We want to give the fans something to be excited about”.

Hartlepool Managers 18-19

Managers at Hartlepool this Season

Hignett managed Pools between February 2016 and January 2017, before returning as Director of Football in March 2018. The 49 year old swapped places with Richard Money in January and is keen for the club to have some security. Speaking to hartlepoolmail there’s been a lot of change, a lot of instability at the club and it has to change, win as many games and keep a settled side”. But after being around the club for under a year before taking the reigns has been a boost, “it is a massive help, I have been around it since Matty (Bates) went. I have taken two games so I know the players and the characters”

  • Kept Six league clean sheets – three at home
  • No clean sheet in last eight games (all competitions)
  • Only kept one clean sheet in last 15 league games (1-0 away to Maidenhead, 8/12/18)
  • Only kept two clean sheets in last 15 games

Midfielder Ryan Donaldson was stand in skipper in the victory over Braintree last time out and acknowledges the quality that the Orient team possesses. Pool earned a point down at the Breyer Group Stadium back in October and Donaldson highlights it is no shock Orient find themselves top of the table. Speaking to hartlepoolmail.co.uk they have a lot of threats all over the pitch and have scored a lot of goals. They have some brilliant players, it will be a big test but one we are looking forward to against probably the best team in the National League”.

  • Failed to score in six league games 
  • Scored in last 15 games
  • Scored in last 12 league games (last failed, Bromley 4-0, 3/11/18)
  • Six of their last seven home games have ended 2-1

Despite facing one of the title favourites, Hignett understands victory tomorrow will give them back to back wins for the first time since September. With the O’s struggling with their away form, Hignett is keen to concentrate on his side and what they have to do. Speaking to hartlepoolunited.co.ukwe go in confident, we know we are going to have to be at our best to get something out of the game. I don’t really worry about the opposition too much, it’s more about what we do and the improvements. If we go out and play like we can do, I’m sure we can get a positive result”.

  • 25/42 league goals conceded have been in the second half (13/21 at home)
  • But four of their last six have been in the first half
  • 20/34 league goals have been scored in second half (11/20 at home)
  • Four of their last six including three of their last five a home have been in the second half

Team News

Hartlepool hope to welcome back defender Carl Magnay and midfielder Liam Noble after the pair have returned from injury. Luke Williams still remains out through injury. Hignett could partner Luke James in attack after his impact from the bench against Braintree. While Nicke Kabamba will be hoping to add to two goals after netting in his first two appearances for Pools.

Head to Head – Hartlepool 21, Draw 10, Leyton Orient 20

  • Hartlepool are unbeaten in the last three meetings between sides
  • Hartlepool have kept back to back clean sheets against Orient
  • Hartlepool have won five of the last eight meetings 
  • Hartlepool have won four of the last five meetings at Victoria Road
Hartlepool H2H

The Last Nine Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 26/01/2019 – Hartlepool 2-1 Braintree

Hartlepool vs Braintree

Starting 11 vs Braintree

Prediction – Hartlepool 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“It’s a Competition We Feel We Can Get Close to Winning”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his side will be taking the FA Trophy seriously ahead of their visit of Blyth Spartans. Orient have a three point lead at the top of the table but the 49 year old knows with his side only four games from Wembley, it is a competition they can win. Speaking to leytonorient.com everyone knows since I have been here, I view it as a competition we feel we can get close to winning and that will reflect in the side I put out”.

  • Sit 1st in National League
  • Three wins in last five games
Orient in FA Trophy

Orient’s Results in FA Trophy

The O’s returned to winning ways last weekend with a 3-0 home victory over Maidstone United. Jordan Maguire-Drew grabbed his first for Orient before a brace for Macauley Bonne extended their lead at the top of the table. Edinburgh was delighted with the response of his side stating to leytonorient.com “it’s a good win off the back of a really good week on the training ground. We needed to rekindle that confidence in the group and it was the reaction we all wanted. It was a pleasing end to a good week”

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Before last weekend’s win, Orient had only won two of their previous six but Edinburgh thought his side showed glimpses of returning to their old ways. Orient started slowly but grabbed the first goal and made it comfortable in the second half. Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com what was positive about us today was we played off the front foot and it was typified in our first goal. In the recent couple of weeks we might have taken a step back but we took a step forward and more often than not you get your rewards”.

Another pleasing aspect for the O’s last week was the defensive display which saw a 16th clean sheet for the season. With first choice center backs out injured, Daniel Happe partnered Jamie Turley who made his full debut and impressed on their first start as a partnership. Assistant coach Ross Embleton praised the performance of the defensive unit, speaking to the O’s Show a clean sheet in their first partnered together. It was fantastic for the whole back four but for them two to come into the team and perform in the manner they did, very good”.

  • Kept two clean sheets in their last three games
  • Kept four clean sheets in last six games
  • Kept five clean sheets in last seven home games

Orient have faced two different challenges in the Trophy and Saturday’s test against Blyth will be no different. The Spartans sit 33 league places below Orient and Edinburgh highlights that Alun Armstrong’s men will be looking to perform as the underdogs. Speaking to leytonorient.com it is a home game and a game I feel we can win. We will come up against an opposition who will try and prove themselves. They come from a lower level but I will pick a team I feel than can go on and win the game”

  • Home Record this Season – P17  W11  D4  L2   F33   A10
  • Won five of the last six at home – F13  A4
  • Only lost one of their last ten at home – W7  D2  L1
  • Defeat – 05/01/2019 – Orient 0-3 Salford

Orient are expected to rotate their squad giving some minutes to players who have played much recently. Jordan Maguire-Drew made his full debut at Wrexham in Round Two and highlights the learning he can get from the senior players at the club. Maguire-Drew joined the club in January stated to leytonorient.com the quality of player we’ve got is great. We’ve got a lot of leaders in there which is key, it’s a great blend of young and experienced players. It’s important for me to learn off the likes of Jobi (McAnuff), Matty (Harrold), Lawless”

  • Failed to score in eight games this season – (four at home)
  • Scored in three of their five games
  • Scored in seven of their last nine home games

Team News

Josh Koroma, Marvin Ekpiteta, Josh Coulson and James Dayton all remain sidelined through injury. Matt Harrold, Alex Lawless, Dale Gorman, Myles Judd, James Alabi ae all expected to start on Saturday. Young defender Jayden Sweeney should be involved after playing in both Trophy games this season. Shadrach Ogie is available after gaining International clearance.

Head to Head

No previous meetings between sides

Last Time Out – 3-0 home win over Maidstone United

Orient vs Maidstone HOME

Starting 11 vs Maidstone

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Blyth Spartans

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“We Will Have a Go and Not Sit Back”

Blyth Spartans manager Alun Armstrong is out for another FA Trophy shock when his side travel to National League table toppers, Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Spartans saw off Boreham Wood in the second round and Armstrong insists his side will go to try and play. Speaking to BSAFCwe will have a go and not sit back. We have attacking players who can cause them problems”.

  • Sit 10th in National League North
  • Only lost two of their last 18 matches in all competitions – W11  D5  L2
Blyth Last 2 Trophy Seasons

Blyth’s Last Six FA Trophy Games

Blyth saw their 14 match unbeaten record end with a 3-2 home defeat to Hereford FC last weekend. Armstrong was left frustrated with his sides performance describing to BSAFC “ the performance was unacceptable, I had a right go at the lads, I said for them to go and have a think about what they done differently today to what they have done in last 14 games. The first half was no where near the intensity we normally play at”

Blyth Last 6

Blyth’s Last Six Results

Blyth had been on a great run being unbeaten since the start of November winning nine of their 14 games and reaching the third round of the FA Trophy.  But Armstrong was left disappointed with how his side lost their unbeaten run. Speaking to BSAFC I said I could accept it coming to an end if we gave everything but today we didn’t see the energy levels that we have in previous games, that’s the most disappointing thing”.

Blyth Last 6 Season League Positions

Blyth’s Progress in Last Six Seasons

Defender Michael Liddle made his 100th appearance for the club against Hereford and bemoaned his sides sloppy start to the game falling behind. The former Sunderland man joined Blyth back in 2016 and knows how important it is to start games quick. Speaking to BSAFC we always say, its about how we start, we need to start games fast, need to get at teams especially at home. I didn’t do that and we were sloppy so they got us. All it takes is for them to get a goal and then your team is chasing”.

  • Kept six clean sheets this season – (two away)
  • Kept back to back clean sheets in FA Trophy
  • No clean sheet in last two games
  • One clean sheet in last eight games
  • One clean sheet in last seven away games

Armstrong who joined Blyth back in 2016 is fully aware of the threat that Orient will pose on Saturday and acknowledged the difficulties his side could face at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to BSAFC we have seen them, they are very good team on top and it will be difficult to deal with them so we have got to be mindful of that. We can’t go there and expect to play open football but we will try and play our football. We have got to show them the respect they deserve”.

  • Away Record this Season – P16  W6  D5  L5  F26  A28
  • Unbeaten in last eight games – W5  D3
  • Last defeat – 13/10/2018 – Boston 4-0 Blyth Spartans
  • Unbeaten in last three away FA Trophy games

Liddle who had a loan spell with the O’s back in 2010 is excited with the challenge that awaits his side and is aware that all of the pressure will be on the home side. The 29 year old only made one appearance for the O’s stated to BSAFC it is a very big game for us, it’s an exciting game for the lads. They are going to be quality and we’re going to have to be right at it. The stadium is class and the pitch is good. There is no pressure on us, we can go out and express ourselves. If we have the right attitude there is no reason why we can’t put in a performance”

  • Failed to score in six games this season (three away)
  • Scored in last 15 games in all competitions
  • Last failed – 03/11/2018 – Blyth 0-3 FC United
  • Scored in last eight away games

Team News

Louis Laing could start at Orient after gaining some valuable minutes against Hereford. Adam Wrightson is in contention to start while Kieran Green look set to keep his place in attack.

Armstrong stated to BSAFC on his squad “it gave us food for thought on what we’re going to play next week after watching that. It got me thinking, people may think that places are theirs, you can’t take anything for granted”.

Head to Head

No previous meetings between sides

Last Time Out – 3-2 home defeat to Hereford

Blyth Spartans vs Hereford

Starting 11 vs Hereford

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Blyth Spartans

 

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“We’re Determined to Put Things Right and Get Back on a Winning Run”

Leyton Orient defender Jamie Turley insists his side will pull together to feel that winning feeling again. The O’s host 23rd placed Maidstone on Saturday and with just one league win in their last five, the former Notts County man is keen to experience his first win in an Orient shirt. Speaking to leytonorient.com we want to get back winning games of football. We’re determined to put things right and get back on that winning run”

  • Sit 1st on 57 points – ahead of Solihull Moors on goal difference
  • Three defeat in last six games – W2  D1  L3
  • Not lost back to back games since March 2018
  • League Record – P30  W16  D9  L5  F49  A22

The O’s head into Saturday’s came on the back of a 2-0 away defeat to Ebbsfleet. Jack King volleyed home in the first half before a free kick from Chris Bush made it back to back league defeats for Orient. Head coach Justin Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.comEbbsfleet didn’t disappoint us, they are a strong side, in real good form and at times we didn’t compete well enough today and credit to Ebbsfleet for getting the three points”.

orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Defender Jamie Turley came off the bench last weekend for his first appearance after joining from Notts County. The 28 year old hit the post with his first chance but admitted his side didn’t produce the performance they needed and it came down to being clinical in front of goal. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe done our research on them on how they want to play and how we wanted to play but we just didn’t execute it well enough. I think we had the better chances in the game but it comes down to both boxes and we wasn’t ruthless enough today”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games (four at home)
  • Only scored in one of their last three games (penalty)
  • Only scored three goals in last six games
  • Not scored more than one goal in a game since 22nd December
  • Scored in four of their last five home games

For the second successive league game, Orient conceded in the first 30 minutes and struggled to find a way back into the game. Jack King volleyed in after the O’s failed to clear a set piece and Edinburgh was unhappy with the manner of his sides start. Speaking to leytonorient.com it summed up our start to the game, on the back foot, everything we spoke about didn’t go and produce. We were hesitant and played off the back foot and think the inevitable happened when you wait for something to happen. More and likely it will go against you and that’s what it did”.

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Games conceded first goal before 30 minutes

  • Eight of their 22 league goals conceded in first 30 minutes
  • Conceded first goal in first 30 minutes in three of their last seven league games

Despite Orient’s inconsistent recent form, they still sit top of the league on goal difference over Solihull Moors. With four of their next five at home Edinburgh highlights his side can bounce back in front of their home fans and assert themselves at the top of the league once more. Speaking to leytonorient.comwhat we’ve got to do is get our focus back and rediscover our form and their is no better place to that than at home against Maidstone”.

  • Home League Record – P15  W9  D4  L2  F26  A10
  • Only Wrexham, Fylde (33) and Salford (34) have taken more points at home
  • Won four of their last five home games – lost 3-0 Salford in last game
  • Only lost one of their last nine at home – W6  D2  L1
  • Taken 20 points from the last 24 available at the Breyer Group Stadium

Orient’s dip in form has coincided with a growing injury list with at least five of their first 11 injured. Turley was brought in for some defensive cover and could use some of his experience to help the O’s get back into form. The 28 year old reached the play offs with Boreham Wood last season and is hoping the defeat to Ebbsfleet can kick start their second half of the season. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe are used to winning games, this side has got a winning mentality. We’ve come off the boil last few weeks, we need to use this to kick on. We are in a great position”.

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets – eight at home
  • Kept three in last five games
  • Kept six in their last nine home games
  • Only kept one in last three home games

With just seven points separating the top six, the last few months of the season are set to be as exciting as ever. Despite Maidstone lowly position, it will be far from an easy test especially under new management. Edinburgh is almost certain the title race will go right till the end, “we knew it was going to be an competitive league, it’s showing all the signs of that with quite a remarkable competitive season. It will go right to the end”.

  • 31/49 goals scored have been in the second half (18/26 at home)
  • Ten of their last 11 league goals have been at home

Team News

Craig Clay could return to the starting 11 after his substitute appearance at Ebbsfleet last weekend. Myles Judd returns from suspension while captain Jobi McAnuff could be back involved after a toe injury. Jamie Turley could be handed his full debut after George Elokobi was transfer listed in the week. Josh Coulson, Marvin Ekpiteta and James Dayton remain sidelined through injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 4, Draw 1, Maidstone 1

maidstone h2h

The Six Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have won three of the last four meetings
  • Won both home game against Maidstone
  • Won all three National League Fixtures
  • Only failed to score in one of the six meetings

Last Time Out – 2-0 away defeat to Ebbsfleet

orient at ebbsfleet away

Starting 11 vs Ebbsfleet

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Maidstone

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