O’s are Flyding High

Leyton Orient moved back up to second with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion rivals AFC Fylde. MacAuley Bonne put the O’s on their way firing in his 14th of the season after four minutes before Danny Rowe levelled from distance for the Coasters. Youngster Josh Koroma put the O’s back ahead just before the break with a wonderful solo effort before striking his second six minutes after the restart to keep Orient unbeaten on their travels in the league. 

Fresh from back to back wins in the past week, AFC Fylde manager made two changes to his side that beat Gateshead on Tuesday night. Luke Burke and Serhat Tasdemir came into the starting 11 as Arlem Birch and Gime Toure dropped to the bench.

Fylde vs Orient

Fylde’s Starting 11

After their 1-1 draw at Eastleigh in midweek, O’s head coach Justin Edinburgh made two changes to his side. Myles Judd missed out through suspension so Joe Widdowson came back in after completing his three match ban. Dale Gorman came in for his first league start with James Brophy dropping to the bench.

Orient strating 11 vs Fylde

Orient’s Starting 11

With both sides losing just one league match all season, they both looked to start on the front foot. With both Myles Judd and Sam Ling missing, Craig Clay deputised at right back and was caught out in the first minute. Fylde left back Zaine Francis-Angol was played in down the left side, his cross found Danny Rowe who saw his effort saved by Dean Brill.

Fylde were looking to assert themselves on the O’s but Orient had other ideas and took the lead after just four minutes. A long ball forward by Dale Gorman found Josh Koroma who shrugged off his defender and found his strike partner MacAuley Bonne. The O’s frontman made no mistake finishing beyond Jay Lynch to score the first goal against Fylde in 614 league minutes. 

Justin Edinburgh’s men were dealt a blow after just nine minutes when midfielder Charlie Lee had to be replaced through injury. James Brophy replaced Lee as captain Jobi McAnuff moved into the center of the midfield. Fylde were growing into the game and enjoying large spells of possession, mostly in front of the O’s defence.

Orient Ftylde change

Orient after Lee’s Injury

Danny Rowe, Fylde main threat, was the one to watch for Orient but the prolific frontman had other ideas. After four goals in his last three games, he made it five in four games, rifling home from 20 yards as the O’s backline afforded him so much space in midfield

The O’s were looking to play on the break, utilising the pace of Bonne and Koroma but were affording space in the midfield. Rowe and Nick Haughton both tested Dean Brill from distance before Orient began to force their way back into the game. After a sustained period of possession, the ball was worked nicely to Dale Gorman, who shifted the ball onto his right foot, but could only curl his effort wide of the post.

With Fylde’s defence weary of Koroma and Bonne, Orient went back in front two minutes before half time. Koroma was fed the ball on the left hand side, he broke inside two Fylde defenders and toe poked the ball home, in front of the jubilant away support.

Ahead at the break, Orient would get chances in the second half, it was a matter of how clinical they would be with them. We didn’t have to wait long for the answer as Bonne pounced on a mistake at the back, playing in Koroma. The O’s youngster made no mistake finishing beyond Lynch to make Orient the first side since March to score three goals against Fylde in the League. 

Fylde were rocked by Orient’s third goal but continued to enjoy the majority of possession with Orient waiting to hit on the counter attack. Clay continued to do brilliantly at right back, thwarting Rowe and Franics Angol on many occasions. The Coasters did go close when Andy Bond connecting at the back post but the ever dependable Josh Coulson cleared the danger.

Dean Brill was called into action when Serhat Tasdemir turned well on the edge of the box, but his low shot was palmed away by Brill to preserve the two goal cushion. Challinor threw Joe Cardle and Gime Toure on to try and get his side back into the game but Orient remained solid at the back, limiting Fylde to very little.

Orient continued to look a threat on the break with Marvin Ekpiteta going close with a header as time ticked away. With five minutes added on, the O’s continued to throw bodies on the line and held for an impressive 3-1 victory at Fylde who had the best defensive record in the division. 

Well, what a day, what a performance, a statement from Justin Edinburgh’s men. Going to a side that had only conceded seven goals in 18 games and score three goals in 51 minutes. A side that has belief, continue to impress and shows all the signs of being a real contender at the top of the National League.

What more is there to say about this team, the center back pairing of Marvin Ekpiteta and Josh Coulson, Joe Widdowson returning, playing like he’d never been away. Dale Gorman impressing on only his second start of the season, Dayton on one wing, Brophy on the other, McAnuff in the middle. Macauley Bonne and Josh Koroma in attack.

Every player deserves a mention but for me Craig Clay, another outstanding display, at right back too. Didn’t look out of place after his initial scare, Orient’s best midfielder this season filling in at right back and once more impressing. One of the first names on the team sheet and a real stand out for the O’s this season.

A statement of intent from Orient who have now taken 10 points out of a possible 12 against the current top six, winning their last three. A result which comes five years and one day since Orient’s 3-1 victory at Peterborough in 2013. Orient are a real force this season and with a front two who continue to score Orient will have a chance. Consistency will be the key but with Edinburgh at the helm, there is no better man to be in charge of this side.

A week off next week, some time for some rest and recovery but keeping the boys chomping at the bit for the next game. Orient continue to gain momentum as they hit another key part of the season.

Sitting on the train on the way back, looking back at a 1.30am alarm for work, three hour journey to Fylde, nothing beats that feeling of an away day victory with LOFC. Only problem is what fills the void of no Orient game next week……

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“It Will Be a Good Footballing Game”

Leyton Orient midfielder Craig Clay is expecting an exciting clash when the O’s travel to AFC Fylde on Saturday. Both sides have only lost once in the league so far this season and with just two points separating them, Clay knows it will be a tough clash. Speaking to the O’s Show it will be a good footballing game, they like to play and we like to play, as a neutral it will be a good footballing game. It’s going to be tough, they are only a few points behind us”.

  • Sit 3rd on 37 points
  • League Record – P18  W10  D7  L1  F34  A11
Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient head to Mill Farm on the back of a 1-1 draw away at Eastleigh on Tuesday night. Top scorer Macauley Bonne grabbed his 13th of the season in the second half earning his side a point after Josh Hare had headed Eastleigh ahead. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh admitted his side weren’t on top of their game but was pleased his side collected a point. Speaking to leytonorient.comI think every point you earn is a point gained. We were far from our best today but a good trait is don’t play well and pick something up and we did that tonight”.

  • Kept eight clean sheets this season
  • Kept three in last five games
  • Only conceded five goals in last 12 league games – keeping seven clean sheets
  • Kept three clean sheets in last five away games

Orient were at their fluid best last weekend in their 4-0 over Havant & Waterlooville but Eastleigh made it difficult for them on Tuesday. The O’s struggled to create in the first half and found themselves a goal behind. Bonne stated to leytonorient.comwe spoke at half time about being tidier, be more us. We didn’t play our football in the first half. We needed to be tidier on the ball, make the right decisions and go out second half and put it right”.

  • Scored 20/34 in second half – including 16 after the 60th minutes
  • Nine of their last 15 have been scored in first half
  • Orient have only led at half time in seven games
  • Five of their last eight games, Orient have opened the scoring in first half

The O’s are unbeaten on their travels so far this season and are unbeaten against the current top six. Saturday’s clash with Fylde pits third against fifth and with just three points separating the top six, Edinburgh is keen to only look forward to the next game. Speaking to leytonorient.com after the Eastleigh draw “they are all big games, tonight was the biggest game of the season. The next one is, every game we play we always say this. Wherever we go, every team you play on it’s merit is a difficult game”.

  • Away League Record – P9  W5  D4  F17  A6
  • Best record in league and top scorers away from home
  • Unbeaten in last 10 away league games
  • Only lost one of their last 14 away league games – W7  D6  L1
  • Won four of their last seven away games – W4  D2  L1

With Orient out of the FA Cup, Saturday’s meeting with Fylde is the O’s last game for two weeks. After their point at Eastleigh, Edinburgh’s men are now unbeaten in their last four league games and Bonne knows it is key for his side to keep the points ticking over. Speaking to leytonorient.com credit to the boys, we came out second half and dug deep to come away with a point. To leave here without losing keeps the momentum going. Keep getting draws and wins is going to keep us climbing the table”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Games

The O’s won at Mill Farm back in February and after their good start to the season Edinburgh is expecting the Coasters to be challenging at the top end of the league come April. Speaking to East London Advertiser we came up against them last season and they made the playoffs. They haven’t made wholesale changes, they’ve added, are accomplished and understand the league”. He added “I expect them to be in and around it again. That one this weekend will certainly be tough”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season
  • Scored in every away league game this season
  • Scored in last 10 away league games
  • Only failed in one of their last 13 away league games
  • Scored two or more goals in 9/18 league games and three of their last four away league games

Team News

Joe Widdowson is available after serving the final game of his three match ban on Tuesday. Myles Judd is suspended after picking up his fifth caution of the season at Eastleigh. Sam Ling is a doubt with an ankle injury while Alex Lawless could deputise at right back if needed.

Head to Head –Leyton Orient 1, Draw 0, AFC Fylde 1

  • Only the third meeting between the sides
  • MacAuley Bonne and Danny Rowe have scored three of the four goals between sides in this fixture
Fylde H2H

Last Season’s Results

Last Time Out – 1-1 vs Eastleigh

Orient vs Eastleigh

Starting 11 vs Eastleigh

Prediction – AFC Fylde 1-1 Leyton Orient


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“It’s a Different Challenge but We’ll Put a Plan in Place”

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is relishing the visit of Leyton Orient this weekend. Challinor who celebrated seven years in charge of the Coasters on Friday highlighted the test his side face on Saturday as 5th meets 3rd at the top of the National League. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukit will be a really tough game and one we look forward to, it’s a different challenge but we’ll put a plan in place”.

  • League Record – P18  W9  D8  L1  F29  A7
Challinor Record

Dave Challinor’s Record as Fylde Manager

Fylde head into Saturday’s game on the back of a third consecutive league win after Danny Rowe’s injury time winner against Gateshead on Tuesday night. After wasting chances in recent away games, Challinor was pleased his side were able to gain maximum points despite not playing at their best. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukto be able to stick one in right at the end and probably get a result which we didn’t really deserve is massively pleasing”.

Fylde last 6 results

Fylde’s Last Six Results

After defeat in the FA Cup qualifying rounds, Fylde will have a weekend off on the 10th November and striker Danny Rowe was thrilled his side can take momentum into Saturday’s game. Rowe struck his 12th of the season on Tuesday and highlighted picking up points when you’re not at our best is a good trait to have. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukthree points is good for us and confidence wise going into a big game Saturday. We were no-where near our best to be honest, we didn’t create much tonight. In football if you don’t play well and win, you take that”

  • Failed to score in seven league games
  • Scored in eight of their ten home games this season
  • Scored in their last four games and last three league
  • Scored in their last five home games – scoring 10 goals
  • Only failed in one of their last six games

The Coasters finished seventh in their first National League campaign and have started the season with just one defeat in their first 18 league games. Fylde were the league’s top goal-scorers last season and Challinor is aware that team’s are setting their stall out differently this year. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukwe don’t expect it to be easy here, we expect teams to make it difficult for us. Teams know we like to be open and expansive and try to make the game as open as we can. People have been weary of that and set up differently”.

  • Home League Record – P9  W7  D1  L1  F18  A4
  • Best record in division, only Wrexham (3) have conceded fewer goals
  • Won last four home league games
  • Only lost one of last five in all competitions – (1-3 vs Chesterfield, FA Cup)
  • Only lost one of lasts 15 home league games – W11   D3  L1  

Fylde’s success this season has been built on their fantastic defensive record, only conceding seven goals in 18 league games. The Coasters have gone 610 minutes without conceding in the National League with Challinor naming the same back five in their last seven league games and eight in all competitions.

Fylde after 18

Fylde’s Record after 18 games – this season and last season

  • Kept 12 league clean sheets – most in league
  • Kept six in their last seven games – six consecutive league clean sheets
  • Kept eight clean sheets in their last nine games
  • Kept five clean sheets in last six home league games
  • Conceded just two goals in last 540 minutes of home league football

Fylde have only beaten one of the top six so far this season and after defeat to Orient in February, Rowe is excited to go head to head against the O’s again after netting a brace against Orient last season. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukit’s a big game, their a big club and are doing really well in the league. We are really looking forward to Saturday. We go into Saturday’s game looking to win. In the league we want to finish as high up as we can”.

  • 18/29 league goals have been scored in second half
  • 11/18 home league goals in second period
  • Netted seven in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Nine of the last 12 have been scored in second half

With just three points separating the top six, Saturday’s clash with Orient give Challinor’s men the opportunity to take points off one of their promotion rivals. Challinor stated to afcfylde.co.ukwe are three points behind them, we have a chance to go level on points at the weekend. Hopefully we get a good crowd, they are a good side. They are well managed, well organised and really organised”.

Tight at the top

Top Six in National League

  • Seven of their nine wins have been by two or more goals
  • Eight of their last 10 wins have been by two or more goals
  • Only trailed for 69 minutes this season
  • Have only trailed in two games

Team News

Dave Challinor is expected to name a similar side that faced Gateshead on Tuesday night. Striker Danny Rowe will be hoping to add to his four goals in his last three games while full back Zaine Francis-Angol has three assists in his last two games.

Head to Head – AFC Fylde 1, Draw 0 , Leyton Orient 1

Fylde H2H

Last Season’s Results

  • Danny Rowe and MacAuley Bonne have been involved in 3 of the 4 goals scored in this fixture

Last Time Out – 1-0 vs Gateshead

Fylde vs Gateshead

Starting 11 vs Gateshead

Prediction – AFC Fylde 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We’ll Be Ready for Leyton Orient”

Eastleigh Caretaker manager Ben Strevens remains uncertain over the vacant managerial role but is fully focused ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient. Strevens took over the reigns after Andy Hessenthaler moved to Dover Athletic three weeks ago . Speaking to the dailyecho.co.uk ahead of the Orient game, “I’ve honestly got no idea if I’m in charge on Tuesday. We’ll be read for Leyton Orient.  We’ll just have to wait and see how the next 24-48 hours goes, but in my mindset I’m getting ready for Leyton Orient. 

  • Sit 10th on 26 points
  • League Record – P17  W8  D2  L7  F15  A19
  • Taken 15 points from last 18 available
Easleigh last 6

Eastleigh’s last Six Results (all competitions)

The Spitfires picked up their fifth win in their last six league games on Saturday after a 1-0 victory at FC Halifax. Josh Hare’s second half header was enough to see Eastleigh move to within four points of the playoffs. Strevens was thrilled with the win stating to dailyecho.co.ukit was a big win and a big performance, from the first minute you could tell our boys were on it today. We were the better team and defended really well as a group”.

  • Home League Record – P8 W3  D1  L4  F6  A8
  • Only won two of their last seven in all competitions – W2  D2  L3
  • Joint lowest scorers at home
  • Not scored more than one goal at home in any game this season
  • Only scored nine goals in last 15 home league matches
  • Scored two or more goals in just one of their last 15 home league matches (2-1 vs Dover, 27/03/2018)


After a slow start to the league campaign, Eastleigh after slow start have started to climb the table and have lost just one of their last eight league games. The victory on Saturday was their first after Hessenthaler‘s departure and Strevens was quick to praise his staff and players over their recent form. Speaking to dailyecho.co.uktaking the F.A Cup out of the equation, that’s now seven games unbeaten out of eight and five wins from the last six. That’s not me, that’s the players. The boys haven’t changed and I haven’t changed in two weeks”.

Eastleigh's Next 6

Eastleigh’s Next Six Games

Eastleigh’s recent resurgence has coincided with a strong defensive base, seeing them only concede four goals in last eight. Saturday’s 1-0 win was their fourth in their last seven games and Strevens was pleased with sides defensive display. Speaking to eastleighfc.co.ukit’s tough, you can’t have it all your own way, the defended really well as a group, Ben on the right and Yates on the left, did a good defensive job, getting back in and picking balls up”.

  • Kept six league clean sheets
  • Kept just one in last four games all competitions (FC Halifax 1-0 Saturday)
  • Kept four in last six league games
  • Kept three in last five home games

After creating a strong defensive base, Strevens’s next step is to get the Spitfires scoring some more goals. On Saturday, they found FC Halifax keeper Sam Johnson in fine form but Strevens is pleased with his sides progress “I see the boys each and every day in training and I know the work they are putting in. The got what they deserved today” Daily Echo. He added “I will take the 1-0, it shows how well they defended as a group, the four at the back were defensively good but there was hard work going on in front. We take the 1-0 but we would like a few more goals”.

  • Failed to score in six games this season
  • Only failed to score in one of their last eight games
  • Scored in their last seven league games
  • Scored in their last three home league games

Did you knowAll eight league wins have been by a one goal margin this season

Did you know – 12/15 league wins in 2018 have been by just one goal

Team News

Reda Johnson could return after a family bereavement kept him out of the victory at Halifax. Chris Zebroski has resumed training but is not fully fit while keeper Max Stryyjek will continue in goal after his loan from Sunderland was extended. Mark Yeates will be hoping to continue his fine form after the winger has been involved in Eastleigh’s last seven goals (1 goal, 6 assists). 

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 0,  Draw 2, Eastleigh 0

Eastleigh H2H

Last Season’s Results

Last Time Out – 1-0 victory at FC Halifax

Eastleigh vs Halifax

Starting 11 vs Halifax

Prediction – Eastleigh 1-1 Leyton Orient


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“We Go There Full of Confidence”

Leyton Orient winger James Dayton insists his side head to Eastleigh brimming with confidence after returning to the summit of the National League on Saturday. Orient’s win over Havant put them top for the first time since September and with a tricky trip South, Dayton is excited for the clash. Speaking to leytonorient.comEastleigh have been on an okay run, it’s a tough place to go on a Tuesday night but we go there full of confidence after the performance we put on”.

  • Sit 1st on 36 points
  • League Record – P17  W10  D6  L1  F33  A10
  • Two wins in last five
Orient last 5 results

Orient last Six Results

Josh Coulson, MacAuley Bonne and Charlie all struck in the first half before Bonne notched his second and 12th of the campaign to wrap up victory against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh praised his sides start and response after only their second defeat of the season to Maidstone in the FA Cup. Speaking to leytonorient.comI am pleased with the performance. It was a positive start and we always looked a threat and were worthy of the win. We spoke during the week ad did a lot of work on the training ground and the players responded”.

  • Away League Record – P8  W5  D3  F16  A5
  • Best record in division
  • Won four of last six in all competitions – W4  D1  L1
  • Unbeaten in their last nine away games
  • Only lost one of their last 13 away league games – W7  D5  L1

The O’s struck twice in the opening 20 minutes on Saturday and it opened up the game for Orient. Edinburgh’s have found it difficult to break down teams recently but the former Newport man saw his side ooze confidence after opening the scoring. Speaking to East London Advertiseronce we got the early goal the game opened up nicely. It gives you the opportunity to have more calmness and dictate the play a bit more with your passing”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season
  • Scored in two of their last five games
  • Scored in last nine away league games
  • Failed in just one of their last 13 away league games

The O’s have been known for their late goals this season but Saturday’s game was the fifth game in their last seven league games where they opened the scoring in the first half. Dayton missed the defeat at Maidstone but returned in the win over Havant and revealed it was a plan to start fast. Speaking to leytonorient.com we said, we wanted to come out of the blocks sharp and hit Havant hard. We feel we did that with the early goal and we kept our foot on the pedal and kept on going”.

  • Joint highest scorers in league
  • 19/33 league goals have been scored in second half – 15 after 60th minute
  • Nine of their last 14 goals have been scored in first half
  • Scored two or more goals in 9/17 league games and their last three away league games

Edinburgh reverted back to the formation and personnel which played the majority of their 13 game unbeaten start to the season on Saturday. The 48 year old praised his midfielders and their fourth goal which capped off the victory. Speaking to leytonorient.com Craig Clay was immense today, he played off the front foot, Jobi and Dayts has some intricate play. Our fourth goal was as good as we’ve scored this year. The build up play. I thought we had purpose and intent to our game today and it’s what we’ve got to continue”.

  • Kept 8 league clean sheets (only Wrexham (10) and AFC Fylde (11) have kept more)
  • Kept three in their last four games
  • Only conceded four goals in last 11 league games – keeping 7 clean sheets

Tuesday’s game is the first of two away trips this week with a trip to AFC Fylde on Saturday. Orient will be looking to pick up points ahead of their two week break from league action after their defeat in the FA Cup. The O’s drew both games against Eastleigh last season and Edinburgh is aware that it could be tight one again. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are all big games, all tough games on merit. It’s another tough game on Tuesday but one we go in confident”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s next 6 Games

Team News

Sam Ling looks set to overcome an ankle injury which forced him off in the victory over Havant. Joe Widdowson will serve the last game of his suspension after his red card against Hartlepool.

Head to Head Leyton Orient 0, Draw  2, Eastleigh 0

Eastleigh H2H

The Results last season

Last Time Out – 4-1 vs Havant & Waterlooville

Orient vs Havant

Starting 11 vs Havant

Prediction – Eastleigh 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“A Bit of Pride Needs to Be Installed Back Into This Team”

Havant & Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury is expecting a reaction from his side as they visit Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Hawks lost 1-0 to Metropolitan Police in FA Cup 4th Qualifying last weekend, a side two league below them and Bradbury wants his side to respond at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk a bit of pride needs to be installed back into this team and show how much last weeks performance and result hurt them”.

  • Sit 21st on 11 points – three from Safety
  • League Record – P16  W2  D5  L9  F18  A30
  • One win in last 12 – W1  D3  L8  (win 2-1 vs Aldershot, 05/09/2018)
Havant Last 6

Havant’s Last Six Results

A Jack Mazzone strike five minutes before half time saw Havant fall to their fourth consecutive defeat at Met Police. Bradbury was fuming with his sides performance last weekend stating to Portsmouth.co.ukI told the players they should be embarrassed by their performance . The most disappointing aspect was our lack of application. To say that I am spitting nails is an understatement. We were outworked, outmuscled and outrun by a team two league below us. It hurts me to say it”.

  • Kept just one clean sheet this season
  • No clean sheet in last 15 – just one in their last 19 games
  • Conceded two or more goals in 8/16 league games
  • No clean sheet in last eight away games 
  • Conceded 17/30 league goals in second half – eight of their last 13
  • Only Dover (31) have conceded more


Havant are in their first season at this level after back to back promotions in the last two years. It has been a tough start to life in the National League and the Hawks are currently eight without a win. Following defeat last Saturday, Bradbury revealed to Portsmouth.co.uk we need to act and I will have to speak to the board. Either we need to go full time to make a difference with the players or we have got or we need to bring in better players”.

Finishing Positions since Bradbury signed

Havant’s Last Six Seasons

With no midweek game, it has been a tough week on the training pitch for Bradbury’s men trying to find a solution to grab their first win since September. The O’s have the highest home attendance in the League and Bradbury is hoping his side can use that on Saturday. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk we’ve had a good weeks training, the lads have been on it as you’d expect and now we are looking for a performance up at Leyton Orient. A tough place to go, lost only once, we’ve got our hands full. A big crowd and we have to use it to our advantage”.

  • Failed to score in six games
  • Not scored in their last four games 
  • Have gone 360 minutes without scoring
  • Failed to score in their last two away games 
  • Scored 11/18 goals in second half – 8/12 away goals

Havant have only won once away this season and heading to a side third in the League Bradbury knows that no one will give them a chance tomorrow. But being heavy outsiders, he highlights there are no expectations on his side. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk “all the pressure is on them, some think they will wipe the floor with us. A team that came up last year and are fourth from bottom. Their crowd will be expecting. So we’re hoping to frustrate them a little and use our quality that we’ve got in our team, then I think we can cause an upset”.

  • Away League Record – P8  W1  D2  L5  F12  A21
  • Only Dover, Aldershot (4) and Dagenham (3) have taken less points away
  • Worst defensive record in league
  • No win in last six – D2  L4   Conceding 12
  • Only win was 4-3 vs Braintree, 18/08/2018

The Hawks have lost their last four games by the solidary goal and Bradbury highlights his side must start well and keep Orient out in the early stages if they are to get a result. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk it’s important that we go there, stay in the game for as long as we can and frustrate the team and the supporters around them because they’re expecting a win”. He added “what we’ve got to do is go and do our best and if we can do that, then I think we can come back with something whether it be a point or three”.

  • Seven of their nine defeats have been by just one goal
  • Taken just two points against the current top seven – D2  L4

Team News

Andreas Robinson is suspended after getting sent off at Met Police for two cautions. Brain Stock should be back after he sat our last weekend’s game with illness. Tyler Cordner is available after being cup tied last week.

Last Time Out – 1-0 loss vs Met Police

Havant vs Met Police

Havant Starting 11 vs Met Police

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-0 Havant & Waterlooville

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“Havant are Coming and are Looking for a Response”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is fully aware that Havant & Waterlooville will have a point to prove at the Breyer Group Stadium this weekend. The Hawks lost to Metropolitan Police in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round last weekend and will be looking for a reaction. Speaking to leytonorient.com Edinburgh stated “Havant are coming and looking for a response. The manager questioned the players for their performance and result, we know they are coming to put a performance on and try and get a result”.

  • Sit 3rd on 33 points – one point off top
  • League Record – P16  W9  D6  L1  F29  A10
  • Four wins in their last seven

Orient themselves lost 2-0 at Maidstone in the FA Cup with second half strikes from Blair Turgott and Elliott Romain inflicting defeat. The O’s dominated possession for large spells but conceded twice in the second half with no response. Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.comit’s not what we’re about, the disappointing thing was the manner of the goals and the reaction when we went 1-0 down. We became very erratic and that would be the disappointment“.

  • Home League Record – P8  W4  D3  L1  F13  A5
  • No win in last two, D1  L1
  • Four wins in their last six
  • Conceded just two goals in last six home games
  • Ten of their 13 home goals have been scored in second half

With just one win in their last four games, Orient will be looking for a reaction in front of their home crowd. Midfielder Craig Clay sat out the defeat at Maidstone and highlighted that his side are ready to hit their early season form again. Speaking to East London Advertiserwe have set our standards at the start of the season. We have set the bar high and had a great start to the season. I am sure we will be working on stuff and trying to make ourselves better but we have started well and want to keep this feel good factor”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

The O’s have failed to score in three of their last four games and despite Havant sitting three points from safety and winless in their last eight, they won’t be any pushovers. Speaking to leytonorient.com Edinburgh stated “whatever team you come up against, it is always going to be a difficult encounter. There are always difficulties in games. Their league position is a low one, if you look at all their results they have only been by the odd goal. We have to be at our best and we will try to get back to winning ways”.

  • Last failed to score in three consecutive home games – October 2016
  • Scored two or more goals in 8/16 league matches (four of their last seven)
  • 18/29 league goals have come in the second half – 15 after 60th minute
  • Six of their last ten have been in the first half

Edinburgh made six changes to his side at Maidstone and also trialled from the start a 3-5-2 formation. It is expected that Orient returned to a more recognised 4-4-2 against Havant with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.comwe made changes last week, it was the right decision, players in the squad need to play some games. We look forward now and look what brought us success and where we can hurt Havant. I always pick a team I feel can win the game”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets – four at home
  • Kept two in their last three games (all competitions)
  • One in last three home matches
  • Only conceded two or more in 2/17 league games
  • Conceded 9/12 goals this season in second half – including three of their last five

After their defeat in the cup, Orient’s full attention is on their league campaign and know every result can be key with just one point separating the top four. With three games in eight days, midfielder Charlie Lee points out that his side must be persistent in their search for a return to the Football League. Speaking to leytonorient.com we must keep focus on the league now, the result wasn’t ideal. We have got to take the positives and look for a reaction on Saturday”

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Games

Team News

Joe Widdowson remains suspended after his red card  against Hartlepool. Midfielders Craig Clay and Jobi McAnuff are expected to return to the side after dropping to the bench at Maidstone. Sam Ling is expected to start at left back while Josh Koroma is likely to partner Macauley Bonne in attack.

Last Time Out – 2-0 loss at Maidstone

Orient vs Maidstone Cup

Orient’s Starting 11 at Maidstone

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-0 Havant & Waterlooville

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