“We Don’t Want It To End Here”

AFC Telford captain Shane Sutton is confident his side can overturn their semi final deficit against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Bucks trail 1-0 from the first leg but with an expected sell out home crowd behind them, the 30 year old is raring to go. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe’re very confident, it’s only half time, 1-0 down, and the good thing is that we know exactly what we’re up against”.

  • 7th in National League North
  • Back to back defeats first time since December 2018
  • Won three of their last six – W3  D1  L2
Telford in Trophy 18-19

Telford’s Run in Trophy 2018/2019

MacAuley Bonne struck in the 54th minute to hand Orient a slender advantage heading into the second leg. Manager Gavin Cowan was happy with sides performance ensuring they have all to play for on Saturday. Speaking to telfordunited.co.ukthe objective to the players was to be in the lead or the tie. We achieved that, it’s 1-0 at half time. It’s the joy of being over two legs”.

Telford's Last 6 Results

Telford’s Last Six Results

With 30 league places separating the two sides, Cowan has urged his players to be fearless at the New Bucks Head. Orient are top of the National League and the 37 year old is hoping his side can play the underdog card to their advantage. Speaking to telfordunited.co.uk we have nothing to fear, there is no expectation on us, no-one could even have imagined us to come through this. We can play with courage and freedom, all the pressure is on Leyton Orient. Anything we achieve after this is dream stuff, we’ve got real belief in the camp”.

  • Kept just five clean sheets all season
  • No clean sheet in last ten games – conceding 19 goals
  • One clean sheet in last 21 games (26/01/2019 – Southport 0-4 AFC Telford)

The Bucks were backed by 429 supporters in the first leg and with it set to be their biggest game as a club since their reformation in 2004. A bumper crowd is expected to hopefully see them defy the odds and Cowan has insisted on the home supporters to push them on. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe really wanted the community to come and back us, they have done just that. The support for the first leg was unbelievable and we’re going to need them to make themselves heard again. It is going to be great to see New Bucks Head packed out with the supporters”.

  • Kept one clean sheet in last eight cup games
  • Kept just one in last nine FA Trophy games
  • Without a clean sheet in last nine home games

Defender Sutton who has been with the Bucks since 2017 is relishing the visit of Orient and is hoping his side can use their home advantage. Despite the Bucks only playing one of their six trophy matches at home this season, Sutton is confident his side can overcome the deficit if they play to their best. Speaking to Shropshire Star it’s a game we’re looking forward to. Look at our home form, I don’t think it’s been an easy place to come this year. As long as we can have that intensity and tempo which we have had at home, I am sure it will be an interesting game”.

  • Home Record This Season – P19  W12  D4  L3  F35  A22
  • Won both home cup this season
  • Only won one of their last four home games – W1  D1  L2
  • Won five of their last eight home games
  • Only lost one of their last four home Trophy games – W2  D1  L1

Cowan admitted his side were reserved in the last 20 minutes in the first leg as they were looking to remain in the tie. Despite the O’s holding the advantage Cowan highlights that both sides will be going for the victory and playing on the front foot. Speaking to East London Advertiserwe have to set up to win the game, ultimately Orient will do the same. I can’t imagine Justin will be very reserved coming to us and I know we will be all guns blazing”.

  • Failed to score in six games all season – two at home
  • Only failed to score in one of their last 11 games
  • Scored in their last three home games
  • Scored in eight of their last nine home games

Telford will have to defy the odds tomorrow because the last 21 sides holding a first leg lead have gone on to the make the final. After coming up against the Orient already, Cowan is excited about the second leg and is not expecting any surprises. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe’re pretty set on where we want to be and how we want to approach. We know plenty about them already but the players are fully aware of what’s ahead of them now” He added “it’s going to be tough. But it is one we are thoroughly looking forward to, we can’t wait”.

  • Scored in seven of their eight cup games this season
  • Scored in seven of their last ten Trophy games
  • Scored two or more in five of their last seven games
  • Scored two or more in five of their last eight home games

Team News

Goalkeeper Josef Bursik and striker Marcus Dinanga are both cup tied while Henry Cowans is out with a knee injury. Steph Morley is a doubt after coming off at Orient last weekend. Brendon Daniels could replace Morely while Dom Smith is pushing for a start after returning from his loan spell.

Last Time Out – Leyton Orient 1-0 AFC Telford, 16/03/2019

TELFORD at Orient

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Prediction – AFC Telford 1-1 Leyton Orient

 

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“We Are Not Taking Our Eye Of It”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh knows his side have to be at their best to book their place at Wembley on Saturday. The O’s lead AFC Telford 1-0 after the first leg but Edinburgh is not taking anything for granted at New Bucks Head. Speaking to O’s Showwe are no way taking anything lightly, we’re not taking our eye of it, it’s half time and we’ve got a slender lead. We go there confident , we’re on a very good run and we want to continue that”.

  • Sit 1st in National League
  • Only lost one of their last ten games – W8  D1  L1
Orient FA Trophy 18-19

FA Trophy 2018/2019

MacAuley Bonne ended his 49 day spell without a goal by grabbing the decisive goal in the victory over Telford last Saturday. The 23 year old was glad to be back amongst the goals and stated to leytonorient.com we’re 1-0 up, there’s one more game to go. I’m feeling confident about the second leg, beating them and taking it to Wembley”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Holding the lead going into the second leg, captain Jobi McAnuff praised his sides mindset against Telford. It was Orient’s third match against a National League North side and the 37 year old highlight the importance of taking a lead into the second leg. Speaking to @danny_dannydit was important for us to win, ideally we would like another goal or two. I’m pleased with how we played overall, we approached the game with a real good mentality. We were guilty of not doing so in last round. It pleasing from my point of view, our attitude was spot on and we need the same next week”.

Jobi McAnuff interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9jf8XMtpnM

  • Kept 19 clean sheets this season 
  • Kept four clean sheets in five FA Trophy games this season
  • Kept two in their last three matches (both 1-0 wins)
  • Without a clean sheet in last six away games

The O’s travel to Telford on the back of six consecutive wins in all competitions and striker Matt Harrold wants to keep the winning feeling going. The 34 year old has played in every round so far and feels his side have the perfect balance in the changing room to get the job done. Speaking to the O’s Show we are full of confidence as a team. We are in  good place. It’s about keeping the momentum going, keep good habits and staying grounded to get us over the line. We have got everything needed it is”

  • Harrold has been involved in three of Orient’s nine Trophy goals this season

Orient still sit top of the National League with nine games to go while being 90 minutes from a Wembley trip. McAnuff highlights that with a potential of two celebrations at the end of the season, Edinburgh has been hammering into the side that chances like this needed to be taken. Speaking to @danny_dannydhe has been the real driving force behind everything that goes on, reinforcing these opportunities don’t come that often. For people in the game opportunities are few and far between whatever level you play at. To be part of a season like this and achieve something so great means you have got that bond with people”

  • Failed to score in nine games this season
  • Scored in last six games – netting 11 goals 
  • Scored in nine of their last ten games in all competitions
  • Scored in last five away games and six of their last seven away games

With an expected sell out crowd at New Bucks Head on Saturday, Orient know there will be a fantastic atmosphere created. Orient’s winning run has been backed up with four away wins in a row and Harrold is confident his side can book a place at Wembley in May with victory number five. Speaking to O’s Show it is going to be very tough going up there but as I’m sure the fans have seen we are a team with a lot of character who can deal with things. I’m looking forward to the weekend and hopefully keep the winning run going”.

  • Away Record This Season – P22  W12  D6  L4  F34  A20
  • Won five of their last seven games – W5  D1  L1
  • Only lost one of their six FA Trophy away games – W5  L1
  • Only lost two of their last eight away cup games – W5  D2  L2

McAnuff interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9jf8XMtpnM

Team News

Jordan Maguire-Drew and Myles Judd remain injured while Jay Simpson and Sam Ling are doubts. Josh Koroma and James Dayton should play some part after returning from injury in recent weeks. Joe Widdowson should return after missing the first leg while Charlie Lee could be back involved.

Last Time Out – Leyton Orient 1-0 AFC Telford, 16/03/2019

Orient home TELFORD

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Prediction – AFC Telford 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“It’s A Good Distraction”

Leyton Orient midfielder James Brophy insists his side will be fully focused when they host AFC Telford in the FA Trophy Semi Final on Saturday. The O’s sit top of the National League, three points clear but with Wembley in sight, the 24 year old is keen to continue their fine form. Speaking to the O’s Showthe gaffer has always stressed it’s a cup that we’re in to win. It’s a good distraction, we’ve got good momentum from the last few results. We hope to carry it through to the cup then get back to the league afterwards”.

  • Won their last five games in all competitions
  • Only lost one of their last nine games – W7  D1  L1
  • 30 League places between sides
Orient FA Trophy 18-19

Route to Semi Final

The O’s maintained top spot with a 2-1 victory at Aldershot on Tuesday. A brace from center back Josh Coulson set them on their way before a Scott Rendell penalty made the closing stages edgy but they hung on for victory. Head coach Justin Edinburgh was thrilled with the three points but admitted to leytonorient.com we’re not making it easy for ourselves, which is a concern. We’re obviously delighted with the three points but the ending to our last three away games is not how we wanted to finish games, so it’s something we have to address”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Telford will be the third side from National League North Orient would have faced in the trophy. The O’s had to come from behind at Brackley in the previous round and Edinburgh is fully aware of the challenge that the Bucks will bring on Saturday. Speaking to Non-League Paper we go into it fully prepared and understanding of the difficulty of the game. We’d never ever be complacent or disrespectful. We’re only one league above them”. 

  • Kept 18 clean sheets this season (12 at home)
  • Kept just one in last seven games (1-0 Wrexham, 09/03/2019)
  • Kept three in their four Trophy games this season
  • Kept four in their last six home games

Saturday’s clash with Telford will be Orient’s fifth game of a hectic month. After playing in midweek, defender Marvin Ekpiteta is keen to continue their winning run against the Bucks and has urged the fans to push them onto Wembley. Speaking to East London Advertiserwe will need the fans in the next two legs then hopefully for the final if we get there. Playing Saturday, Tuesday is good because it can help you build momentum and the way we are going, we just need to keep going”.

  • Failed to score in nine games all season
  • Scored in last five games (10 in total)
  • Scored in eight of their last nine games
  • Scored in three of their last four home games
  • Scored two or more goals in four of their last five games

With the Semi final settled over two legs, Edinburgh is keen for his side to use home advantage to hopefully take a lead with them next weekend. The O’s have seen sides sit deep when they visit the Breyer Group Stadium this season and it could be a similar story tomorrow. Speaking to Non-League Paper being at home first, we’ll look to take an advantage away, I guess Gavin will be saying to them ‘make sure you’ll in the tie”. He added “I think you have to be mindful that it is not won or lost in the first leg”.

  • Home Record this Season – P20  W13  D4  L3  F35  A11
  • Won three of their last four
  • Unbeaten in last five home cup games – W4  D1 
  • Last defeat – 09/08/2016 – Leyton Orient 2-3 Fulham (EFL Cup)
  • Only lost two of their last 13 home games – W9  D2  L2

Edinburgh is no stranger to FA Trophy progress after being a losing finalist with Newport County back in 2012. Despite Orient’s tilt focus on promotion, the 49 year old is maintaining his aim to win the Trophy. Speaking to Non-League Paper I said to the players at the start of the season that it was a competition that we can realistically had a look at winning. We’re two games away now. I’ve always said that for me as a manager in the conference, it’s been a good competition and one I’ve always enjoyed”.

Team News

Midfielder Jordan Maguire-Drew is out with a calf injury alongside defender Myles Judd. Striker Jay Simpson is out with a hamstring strain so Matt Harrold should keep his place.  James Dayton should play a part after returning from injury at Aldershot while Josh Koroma should be involved in the squad.

Last Time Out – 12/03/2019 – Aldershot 1-2 Leyton Orient

Orient at Aldershot

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Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Telford

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“We Know Against Leyton Orient, We Have to Bring Our ‘A’ Game”

AFC Telford manager Gavin Cowen is urging his side to turn up on the big occasion when they visit National League leaders, Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy Semi Final. The Bucks head to E10 before the return leg at New Bucks Head next weekend. After knocking out National League opposition on their way to the Semi Final, Cowen is hoping to do it again. Speaking to telfordunited.comon our day if we do thing right and prepare right, we’re a tough task for anyone”

  • Won three of last five games – W3  D1  L1
  • Won all five trophy games this season and six of seven cup games
  • 30 League Places between sides
Telford in Trophy 18-19

Route to Semi Final

The Bucks head to East London on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to FC United of Manchester last weekend. Goals from Dominic McHale, Kurt Willoughly and Tom Peers secured the victory for FC despite a late Ellis Deeney penalty. Cowen was left frustrated with his sides performance questioning his side’s want to win. Speaking to telfordunited.com I think we were poor in the defensive transition, we perhaps underestimated them. Credit to them they came and played with freedom, no fear and were the better side today. Hard work and desire was the difference, not something I can say very often”

Telford's Last 6 Results

Telford’s Last Six Results

The Bucks sit seventh in National League North and Cowen highlighted the need for a reaction against Orient on Saturday. It was their first defeat in five games and the 37 year old ensured he kept perspective on his sides achievements this season. Speaking to telfordunited.comlet’s have it right, 95% of the season the players have been pretty brilliant. It’s about the players reactions now and how they react. We need to bounce back and be men, put it to one side and focus on making sure individually and collectively we are ready to take on probably the best team in Non-League”

Telford 7th before Orient

Telford in National League North

The Bucks’s run to the Semi Finals is rather out of character for the Shorpshire side who have only passed the second round stage, once in the last nine seasons. Telford reached the semi finals back in 2009 but lost out to York City and Cowen highlights the added motivation of Wembley is exciting his side. Speaking to Non-League Papera Wembley final isn’t something that comes around in your lifetime very often. It adds to the anticipation of it all and gives both clubs even more motivation to win the tie”.

Telford last 10 seasons

Telford’s Last Ten Seasons in Trophy

Telford dispatched promotion chasing Solihull Moors in the Quarter Finals and will be hoping to add Leyton Orient to their list over the next two games. Midfielder Ellis Deeney who’s brother Troy will be playing in the FA Cup quarter finals this weekend illustrates that the whole squad is fighting for a place in the starting 11. Speaking to Shropshire StarI think it is one of them games where we have the hunger anyway. It is massive and everyone wants to play it will be tense throughout the week with everyone trying their best to get into the side”.

  • Kept just five clean sheets all season (three away)
  • Without clean sheet in last nine games – conceding 18 goals
  • Only kept one clean sheet in last 20 games – 26/01/2019 – Southport 0-4 Telford
  • No clean sheet in last six away games
  • Just one clean sheet in last 11 away games

The O’s have hit form at the right stage of the season and head in winning their last five games. The Bucks enjoyed a free week to fully concentrate on Orient with Cowen stating to Shropshire Star it gives us a chance to lick our wounds and make sure we get back doing what we can”. Orient sit top of National League and are hunting for a place in the Football League with Cowen highlighting his side will need to at their best, “we know against Leyton Orient we have to bring our A Game because they are one of the best if not the best side in Non-League”.

  • Failed to score in five games all season (two home)
  • Scored in last ten games
  • Only failed to score in one of last 19 games all competitions
  • Scored in all seven cup games this season
  • Scored in seven of their last nine trophy games

Telford travel to the O’s having won all four away trophy games this season. With the Semi final settled over two legs and with the home leg second, Cowen is confident his side will cause Orient problems. Cowen revealed he used to watch games at Brisbane Road as a young lad and is looking forward to return their as a manager. Speaking to Non-League Paper It’s a fantastic tie, I’m sure there will be an unbelievable crowd at Brisbane Road, a place I know well. I’m really looking forward to going back”

  • Away Record this Season – P22  W9  D5  L8  F36  A35
  • Unbeaten in last three games – W2  D1
  • Only lost two of their last nine games – W6  D1  L2
  • Won six of their last eight trophy games – W6  L2

Team News

Goalkeeper Josef Bursik and striker Marcus Dinanga are cup tied. Henry Cowans is out with a knee injury. Andy Wycherley is set to start between the sticks after recovering from an eye injury.

Last Time Out – 09/03/2019 – AFC Telford 1-3 FC United of Manchester

Telford vs FC United

Starting 11 vs FC United Of Manchester

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Telford

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“We Need Everything We Have To Get a Result”

Aldershot manager Gary Waddock is relishing the visit of league leaders Leyton Orient on Tuesday night. The Shots sit seven points from safety at the bottom of the National League and Waddock is hoping his side can raise their game ahead of the visit of the O’s. Speaking to theshots.co.uk we are going into a great game Tuesday night against a team sitting top of the table and it’s one we are looking forward to. We need everything we have to get a result”.

  • Sit 22nd on 32 points
  • One win in last 21 games in all competitions – W1  D8  L12
  • Taken just seven points from last 14 games 
  • League Record – P36  W8  D8  L20  F28  A58

The Shots fell to back to back defeats with a 2-1 loss at Barrow on Saturday. Dior Angus put Barrow ahead before Adam McDonnell levelled looking to have earnt a point before a stoppage time penalty from John Rooney snatched the points away from Aldershot. Waddock stated to shots.co.uk “we’re fighting for our lives, you can absolutely see that in the way the players approached the game. Decisions changes to course of the games and so do chances”

Aldershot last 6

Aldershot’s Last Six Results

Aldershot conceded two second half penalties which Waddock decided not to comment on post match. The Shots called upon Matt Cole to save the first before Rooney dispatched the second in added time. Waddock stated to theshots.co.uk all the planning and preparation that has gone into all of our fixtures. The players equipped themselves extremely well, we put a game plan in place. Everyone to a man executed it extremely well but we can only control we you can control”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (six at home)
  • No clean sheet in last two
  • Two in last eight games
  • Without a clean sheet in last four at home
  • Only Braintree 68, Havant & Waterlooville 66 and Maidstone 62 have conceded more league goals

Aldershot face a fight to stay in the division while Orient are fighting to leave the division. Following the weekend’s results, both sides head into the clash in contrasting moods but Waddock is hoping his side can build on their performance at Barrow. Speaking to theshots.co.uk from their side they got a big result against a team who are in and around them looking for promotion and they went top, a massive boost. From our side, it was very upsetting, disappointing and frustrating. The manner in how we played was very encouraging. There are different emotions for both clubs and we are really looking forward to it”.

  • Failed to score in 18 league games – most in National League
  • League lowest scorers with just 28 goals
  • Scored in two of their last three games
  • Only scored twice in last 450 minutes of football
  • Scored in just two of their last nine home matches
  • Only scored five goals in last 10 games

Waddock’s men earned a draw against the O’s back in November and the former Wycombe man revealed he may be considering using the same formation. In similar circumstances, Orient headed into the game beating Wrexham while Aldershot lost to Barrow. Speaking to theshots.co.uk when we went there, we played well on the evening, our formation and set up was right especially against a team like Orient with the personnel they’ve got. It was an encouraging formation, I will have a look at it again today and possibly go with it again”.

ALdershot at Orient in Nov

Aldershot formation at Orient back in November

  • Conceded 34/58 league goals in the second half (15/22 at home)
  • Conceded 26 after the 60th minute in matches (13/22 at home)
  • Eight of their last 13 goals have been scored after the 60th minute

Points will be the top of Waddock’s agenda against the O’s but it is a tough week for the Shots who host Salford on Saturday. With just ten games the 46 year old knows that his side face a battle to stay in the division but has urged the supporters to create a positive mood ahead of the visit of Orient. Speaking to theshots.co.uk there has to be a positive vibe around the place, we are trying to fight and scrap, we saw it on Saturday. A group of players trying their best on Saturday. We’re up against a very good Orient team on Tuesday night. Would be nice if we can be more vocal than them, they will have a good following”.

  • Home League Record – P18  W6  D4  L8  F15  A22
  • 68% league points collected at home
  • Lost their last four games
  • Winless in last 10 – D4  L6
  • One win in last 12 at home
  • Last win – 03/11/2018 – Aldershot 1-0 Braintree

Team News

George Fowler, Lewis Kinsella and James Rowe all remain sidelined with injury. Scott Rendell should return the squad after serving the second game of his suspension on Saturday. Reece Grant and Will Manion could return after sitting out the defeat at Barrow.

Head to Head – Aldershot 19, Draw 19, Leyton Orient 16

Aldershot H2H

The Last Seven Meetings Between the Sides

  • Three of the last five meetings have ended in draws
  • Aldershot have only won two of the last 16 meetings between sides – W2  D9  L5
  • 6 of the last 9 meetings have seen two or more goals
  • Aldershot are winless in their last seven away games – D3  L4
  • 9 of the last 10 league meetings have seen both teams score

Last Time Out – Barrow 2-1 Aldershot, 09/03/2019

ALdershot away Barrow

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Prediction – Aldershot 0-2 Leyton Orient

 

 

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“You Have To Embrace These Big Games”

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff is relishing his sides top of the table clash with Wrexham on Saturday. The O’s sit two points behind the Welsh outfit knowing with victory they can leapfrog them into top spot. In front of the BT Sport cameras McAnuff acknowledges the size of the game to nationalleague.co.uk you have to embrace these big games. We know it’s a big one and we’re going into it on the back of a couple of really encouraging results and we’re getting back to what we were”.

  • Sit 2nd on 67 points – two behind leaders Wrexham
  • Only lost one of their last seven games in all competitions – W5  D1  L1
  • League Record – P35  W19  D10  L6  F58  A27

The O’s made it back to back league wins for the first time since November on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory at Barrow. Sam Ling, Jay Simpson and Jordan Maguire-Drew put them 3-0 up, but a late Josh Coulson own goal and a Rhys Turner strike made it a nervy finish. Head coach Justin Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com obviously from three goals ahead, being in control of the game, just a but of eradicate defending and not remain calm or composed. We could have in the end drew the game, it would have been a travesty but we should have been out of sight”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

After their progression in the FA Trophy, Tuesday’s victory at Barrow was vital to continue their push for promotion being their game in hand. Despite having a three goal lead with 20 minutes to go, Orient nearly threw it away but striker Jay Simpson admitted his side should have seen out the game more convincingly. Speaking to leytonorient.com maybe a bit of nerves set in, we were comfortable at 3-0 I thought, we got the goals and we were strong enough to see it out. We made it hard for ourselves, games like that 3-0 up, we shouldn’t be trying to hold on at the end. It’s something we’ve got to work on, hopefully get back on training ground”.

  • Kept 14 league clean sheets (nine at home)
  • Second best defensive Record in division – conceding just 27 goals
  • No clean sheet in last five games
  • Kept just two in last eight games
  • Kept two in last three home games and eight in last 12 at Breyer Group Stadium

After struggling for consistency at the start of the year, Orient are slowly being to find form at the right time after three consecutive victories. Captain Jobi McAnuff highlighted spirit in the Orient squad to regain their form. Speaking to nationalleague.co.uk we had a sticky period, I think we can honestly say it was. But the last two games, difficult trips inside a few days have shown the character is there”. He added “the manager has kept total faith in the team and backed us all the way”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games (five at home)
  • Scored in last three games – netting seven goals
  • Scored in six of their last seven games in all competitions
  • Scored in four of their last five league games
  • Scored in six of their last eight home games

Defender Sam Ling grabbed his first Orient goal at Barrow in midweek and is confident his side can regain top spot with a win against Wrexham. The O’s have already beaten the Dragons twice this season both at the Racecourse Ground and Ling is determined to make it three on the bounce at home. Speaking to leytonorient.comthey are a very good team, very organised and they’ll be hard to break down. I believe the quality we have got in the squad and the depth we have is second to none. I’m confident we can go out and get the three points and kick on at the top of the league”.

  • Home League Record – P17  W10  D4  L3  F29  A11
  • Won two of their last three
  • Last defeat – 16/02/2019 – Orient 0-1 Maidenhead
  • Won six of their last eight at Breyer Group Stadium
  • Taken nine points from last 15 available at home

Simpson returned to Orient in February after a spell in the US in search of a Championship medal. In a busy month, Orient have started with back to back wins and the former Arsenal youngster highlights winning against your rivals can be key. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s a six pointer, if we’re going to achieve promotion and win the league, these are the games you’ve got to win. I think all the boys should be looking forward to it especially come back to our ground and getting the fans behind us”.

  • Scored 36/58 league goals in second half 
  • Only Harrogate 42 have scored more in second period
  • Eight of the 12 scored have been in second period
  • Six of Orient’s last seven wins have been by just one goal

Team News

Defender Daniel Happe should be fit despite coming off in Tuesday’s win at Barrow. James Dayton and Josh Koroma should be back involved in the squad after returning from injury. Jordan Maguire-Drew is set to face his former side after playing 17 league games in the first half of the season. Myles Judd is sidelined through injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 14, Draw 11, Wrexham 11

  • Orient have won the last three meetings and are unbeaten in last six – W4  D2
  • Orient have scored in the last six meetings between sides
  • Orient have kept three consecutive clean sheets against Wrexham
  • Orient have only lost one of the last nine meetings – W4  D4  L1
Wrexham H2H

The Last 10 Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 05/03/2019 – Barrow 2-3 Leyton Orient

Orient at Havant

Starting 11 vs Barrow

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Wrexham

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“We Will Go There Full of Confidence”

Wrexham manager Bryan Hughes has urged his side to take their momentum into Saturday’s top of the table clash at Leyton Orient. The Dragons sit two points above the O’s ahead of the meeting and with Hughes unbeaten in the Wrexham hot seat, he will be looking to continue that on Saturday. Speaking to leaderlive.co.uk we will be prepared, we will plan and we will go there full of confidence”.

  • Sit 1st on 69 points
  • Taken 16 points from last 18 available
  • League Record – P36  W20  D9  L7

The Dragons made it six unbeaten last weekend with a 1-0 home victory over Chesterfield thanks to Akil Wright’s second goal in four games. Hughes was delighted his side overcame another challenge stating to wrexhamafc.co.uk it was always going to be a test for us, it wasn’t the most entertaining of games but it was workmanlike from us today and we did what we had to do. When that moment of quality came in the game, we took it”.

Wrexham's Last 6 Results

Wrexham’s Last Six Results

Hughes took over at the Racecourse back in February after Graham Barrow stepped down and his side haven’t looked back since. The 42 year old has taken 13 points from a possible 15 and with just ten games to go acknowledges his side have to stay in the moment. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.ukI couldn’t have dreamt of a better start, it’s not about me, it’s about trying to make the club successful. It’s all about the players, their the ones that cross the line and have to put all the energy, desire and have to try and get the result. It’s about taking every game as it comes”.

  • Away League Record – P18  W7  D6  L5  F17  A17
  • Only 39% points picked up on travels
  • Unbeaten in last three – W2  D1
  • Only won two away games since November – W2  D4  L4
  • Taken eight points from last 24 available on travels in league

In one of the tightest promotion battles in recent years, captain Shaun Pearson could lead his side back to the Football League for the first time since 2008. The 29 year old returned from injury against Chesterfield and is ready for the title run in. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk it was a wonderful result, that’s the main thing. We’ve got ten games to go and we have got to pick up as many points as we can. Hopefully lead us where we all want to go. It was pleasing to keep another clean sheet but the main thing was the three points and all we are worried about at the moment”.

  • Kept 19 league clean sheets (most in National league)
  • Best defensive record in league – conceding just 25 goals
  • Kept two clean sheets in last three games
  • Kept four in last six games – conceding just three goals
  • Conceded 16/25 in the second half – including eight in final 15 minutes of games

Saturday’s clash is live on BT Sport and the early kick off but despite the attention surrounding the fixture, Wrexham midfielder Luke Young has urged his side to prepare as any other game. The 26 year old is excited for the clash stating to wrexhamafc.co.uk I don’t think we’ll see it as pressure, away from our dressing room, all the fans and media are going to hype it up, it’s the right thing to do. It’s two teams fighting for the title going toe to toe, it’s builds for a fantastic game, but us as players it’s just another game”. He added “there games you want to play in, we go well drilled on how we can exploit them and how to have a game plan to bring back a positive result”.

  • Failed to score in 12 league games (eight away)
  • Scored in last six games – netting nine goals
  • Lowest scorers inside the top seven
  • Scored in last three away games

The sides will be meeting for the third time this season and after losing the previous two, The Dragons are looking for revenge. Defender James Jennings has never beaten the O’s in a league meeting and highlights his side must stay focused at the Breyer Group Stadium tomorrow. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk I think we dominated both games, we were unlucky to lose them. The league one we were in full control and we should have taken advantage when we had the chances. The cup game we made a few changes, it was a good performance. We do owe them one but it’s a normal game and we can’t let anything take over that”.

  • Scored 24/45 goals in second half (10/17 away)
  • Wrexham’s last ten goals including all goals under Hughes have been in second period
  • 33% of goals have been scored in opening 30 minutes of matches

A win for either side would see them lead the table and it could be a pivotal weekend in the race for the National League Title. Salford host Solihull later in the day and will have eyes on the early kick off in E10. With both Orient and Wrexham heading into the game after victories, Hughes is expecting a good game. Speaking to leaderlive.co.ukit is going to be an interesting battle. Orient got a good result at Barrow and they will be full of confidence like we are so it will be an entertaining game. We have got to take our momentum forward into our next games”.

Tight at the top

Top Seven in National League

Team News

Manny Smith, Mark Carrington and Luke Summerfield are out through injury while Bobby Grant could return. Jermaine McGlashan could be involved after joining on loan from Swindon Town in midweek subject to International Clearance.

Head to Head – Wrexham 11, Draw 11, Leyton Orient 14

  • Wrexham are winless in last six meetings – D2  L4
  • Wrexham have failed to score in the last three meetings
  • Wrexham have not kept a clean sheet in last six meetings
  • Wrexham have only won one of the last nine meetings – W1  D4  L4
Wrexham H2H

The Last Ten Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 02/03/2019 – Wrexham 1-0 Chesterfield

Wrexham vs Chesterfield

Starting 11 vs Chesterfield

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Wrexham

 

 

 

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