Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is fully aware of the task that awaits his side as they travel to in form AFC Fylde tomorrow. The O’s sit just six points above the relegation zone and the former Dagenham man knows his side need to keep the points ticking over. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we need to make that gap as big as we can and keep trying to get the wins on board so we can pull further away”.
- Sit 17th on 36 points
- Unbeaten in their last three – W2 D1
- Form in last six – W3 D2 L1
- League Record – P32 W9 D9 L14 F40 A47
The O’s head north on the back of a 1-1 draw with Tranmere last weekend as Dan Holman’s first goal for the club cancelled out Ritchie Sutton’s first half header. Justin Edinburgh praised his side as they fought back to gain a point. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was a tough battle, I thought the players showed a lot of character and energy in really tough conditions. We gave a fantastic account of ourselves in a really good game.
- Away League Record – P15 W4 D4 L7 F16 A25
- Unbeaten in their last six – W5 D1
- Won back to back games against Dover (4-3) and Halifax (2-1)
- Won two of their last three away in league
- Last loss – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/17
- Last won three consecutive away games was
Orient added defender Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla in the past ten days to further enhance competition at Brisbane Road. Tomorrow’s trip to Fylde is the start of a potential nine fixtures in the next month and Edinburgh highlights that the squad will have to play their part, “we have a busy period coming up now, a lot of travelling and big games. We are blessed with the squad that we feel can cope, everyone is going to play their part”.
- 30/47 league goals conceded in the first half – joint most with Chester
- 16/25 away goals in first half
- Conceded ten between 1-15 minutes
- Conceded 13 between 31-45 minutes – including a goal in their last three league gamess
After taking 15 points from his first ten league games in charge, Edinburgh is looking forward to gaining more till the end of the season. Edinburgh took over with the O’s 21st and the former Newport boss is delighted with how his side are continually getting better. Speaking to BBC London “I think we are improving all the time. At times decision making can be better but from where we’ve come from in a short space of time, I can’t praise the players enough”.
- Kept seven league clean sheets (four away)
- No clean sheet in last five – conceded nine goals
- No clean sheet in last three away – kept two in their seven under Edinburgh
- Last clean sheet was 06/01/18 0-0 vs Boreham Wood
Midfielder Craig Clay has relished his recent partnership with Ebou Adams as it has given him license to go forward. Clay who joined from Motherwell in the summer is not fazed by the trip to Fylde despite them sitting in the play offs. Speaking to leytonorient.com “they have been doing well, we played them in our rough spell. They have been in good form and have good players but we worry about ourselves. We have turned it up a bit with our performances and results, three losses in 13. We go in confident”.
- Failed to score in ten league games – (five away)
- Scored in their last five – scoring 11
- Scored in five of their last six away – scoring two or more in all five
- Last failed to score 0-0 vs Boreham Wood
The O’s have only picked up 13 of their 36 points against sides in the top half. Since Edinburgh’s arrival they have only lost one of the four fixtures they have played against the top seven, “it will be a tough game, we are probably going to the in form team in the league but we have done well against the top teams and we want that to continue on Saturday”.
- Scored 24/40 league goals in the second half – 9/16 away in first half
- 15/21 goals scored under Edinburgh have been in second half
- 19 of their last 26 in second half
- Seven of Orient’s nine league wins have been by two or more goals
Fylde host Orient top of the form table after picking up their seventh win in their last ten league games in a 2-1 victory at Gateshead last weekend. Danny Rowe’s brace moved the front man on to 18 league goals helping Fylde back in to the play off spot.
- Sit 7th on 52 points
- League Record – P33 W14 D10 L9 F58 A42
- Last defeat – 1-0 vs Woking, 27/01/18
Soccerstats – no team collected more points in last 10 games
Rowe who’s 50 goals last season helped fire Fylde to promotion felt his side were always in control at Gateshead and was pleased to gain maximum points. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk “ If you had offered us three points before hand we would have taken it. It is a tough place to come, we won and throughout the game I felt we were in total control”.
- Home League Record – P16 W7 D7 L2 F33 A19
- Only Wrexham (1) have lost less games at home
- Won four of their last six – scoring 19 goals in the six games
- Not lost at home since 23rd September
- League Record – W6 D4 F24 A7
Despite the victory manager Dave Challinor highlighted that conceding in stoppage time partly shaded the three points. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk “the one frustration was to concede, it tinges what has been a great day for us. Winning 2-0 is win win for everyone, the defenders come off happy as do the attackers”.
- Kept ten league clean sheets (six at home)
- No clean sheet in last three
- Kept two in their last seven – both at home
- Kept two in their last three home games
- Last clean sheet – 3-0 vs Maidstone, 23/01/18
After winning the National League North last season, Fylde have been steadily improving as the season progresses with Challinor reassessing where his side could finish. Sitting inside the play offs, Challinor stated to afcfylde.co.uk “at the start of the campaign, our realistic aim for this stage was to be safe and secure. We have achieved that and now we have an opportunity to change the ambitions and look up. We have given ourselves a realistic chance of finishing in the play offs”.
- League’s top scorers with 58 goals in 33 games
- Only failed to score in three league games (one at home)
- Only failed to score in one of their last 14 games – Woking, 1-0 away
- Scored in 12 consecutive home games and 24 of their last 26 home league games
- Last failed to score at home – 0-0 vs Gateshead, 03/10/17
With just seven points separating the top seven and six of the top eight playing each other this weekend, Challinor is keen not to set a points target for his side. “In terms of the play offs, it’s difficult to predict how many points you will need. I don’t want to guess at a number. We have to be proactive and get as many points as possible, If we can take care of business then the table could have a very different complexion.”
A victory on Saturday would give Fylde their first ever National League Double after beating Orient 2-1 back at Brisbane Road in September. The result still lives in the memory for Challinor, “to win their earlier in the season was a great result, up there with the best results we have had with the club. Orient have not had the start they would have liked but have had a decent run of late. Probably we didn’t expect our first double to be against Leyton Orient”.
- Have scored 30/58 league goals in the second half
- Joint most with Eastleigh
- Scored 15 in final 15 minutes of games – only Dagenham (16) and Tranmere (15) scored more in that period
- Nine of their last 15 goals have been in first half
Midfielder James Hardy is glad to be back after being side lined for three months with a back problem. The 21 year old has returned to play a part in the last two games and is aware that Orient will be a test for his side. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk “I thought when we played at their place, they were one of the better sides we’ve come up against. I reckon if we play as well as we know we can then we should get three points but it won’t be easy by any means”.
- Have conceded 23/42 league goals in the second half
- Including 11 between 46-60 minutes – joint most with Halifax
- 7/19 home goals conceded have been straight after half time
Leyton Orient have doubts over Jobi McAnuff (neck) and Myles Judd (groin) ahead of the trip. New signings Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla could be involved in the squad while James Brophy is looking to continue after impressing on his first start since his January move from Swindon.
AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has no new injury worries and will be hoping striker Danny Rowe can add to his 18 league goals. James Hardy is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench after returning from injury.
Head to Head – One previous meeting
30th September – Leyton Orient 1-2 AFC Fylde
Prediction – AFC Fylde 2-2 Leyton Orient