August – Start of a New Chapter

The start of a new era in E10 with new owners,  a new manager in former Crewe man, Steve Davis and a brand new squad. There was finally some renewed optimism after the grey cloud had  been lifted in June. First up Sutton United away  in front of the TV Cameras, the sense of an opening day shock. The surprise package of the FA Cup the season before against a team recently relegated. The O’s were a brand new team, short of fitness, slotted together in the matter of weeks and it showed. Given a lesson in what National League football is all about physical, direct and hard working. Battering rain, a 4G pitch all played their part in a 2-0 defeat on opening day.

The return to Brisbane Road after the shenanigans of the pitch invasion at the back end of last season where Solihull Moors were the visitors. The realisation of Orient were now playing in the fifth tier. Newly appointed Captain Charlie Lee grabbed Orient’s first ever National League Goal before the returning David Mooney netted his first Orient goal in 3 years. George Elokobi netted Orient’s third to give them their first victory in the National League.

Maidstone United were next to visit Brisbane Road, probably one of the loudest contingent of away fans all season. In the August sun, Orient’s new side was starting to click with James Dayton crossing for Mooney to head the opener. Orient made it back to back victories when Romauld Boco (remember him?) slid home the second.

Bromley away, the less said about this one the better. A team littered with ex Orient players and you could sense the inevitable was coming when George Porter nodded Bromley ahead. Another 4G pitch, another defeat, this one heavy, and the goals kept flooding in the O’s goal. A night to forget in South East London where reality said in that Orient still have a lot of work to do.  The only plus, striker MacAuley Bonne grabbed his first O’s goal.

The games kept on coming and a trip to Woking was next. A rather drab first half was lit up when Orient’s right hand side linked up once more. Jake Caprice’s cross was bundled home by Bonne, who later wrapped up victory with a individual effort.

Eastleigh at home was the first in an August Bank Holiday double, after skipper Charlie Lee was ruled out for much of the season after his ACL injury in training, Orient fell behind to a first half penalty. With Graham Stack’s continual time wasting and goading the South Stand, he got what he deserved when Craig Clay squeezed home a 97th minute equaliser, signalling every O’s fans to direct words at him.

Maidenhead away the last of what was an action packed month. In the summer sun, well it was bloody hot in that away end with the temperatures rising after the O’s fans celebrated Bonne’s opener. One of the contender for goal of the season, a lovely turn by Dayton on the right, a cross which Bonne flicked into the far corner, ending with a romantic moment between the pair.

A defensive display to be proud of, every O’s player put their bodies on the line, grabbing three precious points to end the month on a high. A month with up’s and downs but the club was finally back with good times, how long would that last?

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“I Hoping Everyone Can See the Potential”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh admits the season is finishing too soon for his side. The O’s sit in mid table after the former Newport man guided them to safety after a difficult first campaign in the National League. The 48 year old has made Orient harder to beat and speaking to he stated “I am hoping everyone can see the potential and what I am trying to do. Myself, the staff and the players can see their is real optimism for next season”.

  • Sit 14th on 54 points
  • Form in last Six – W3  D2  L1
  • League Record – P43  W14  D12  L17  F54  A54

The O’s lost their first game in six away at Hartlepool on Tuesday. Louis Laing’s first half header was the difference between the sides as Orient struggled to create chances. Josh Koroma wasted their best chance of the night but Edinburgh highlighted to leytonorient.comperhaps we need to have a little bit more creativity in that final third. For the periods that we spent in Hartlepool’s half throughout the 95 minutes, we just didn’t pick the right pass or final ball that would open them up”.

  • Failed to score in 14 league game (six at home)
  • First game in five failed to score on Tuesday
  • Scored in six of their last seven home games
  • Scored two or more in four of their eight home games in 2018
  • Scored seven in their last two home games

Goalkeeper Dean Brill was disappointed that despite having the majority of possession, his side were hit by a set piece. The former Colchester keeper has been Orient’s number one since Edinburgh arrived and hopes his side can bounce back on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.comsince the gaffer’s come in especially if we had disappointment or a lost, we have really bounced back well, in football there is nothing better than having a game in a couple of days to do that”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets (four at home)
  • No clean sheet in last four 
  • Last clean sheet (3-0 vs Woking, 24/03/2018)
  • Two clean sheets in last six
  • Only kept one clean sheet in last seven home games

After gaining back to back home victories, Edinburgh is keen for his side to continue their winning momentum at Brisbane Road. It will be a tough ask hosting a Wrexham side eyeing up the play offs “we want to make it three on Saturday and four on Tuesday. We know we have got tough opponents in Wrexham , who are in a position that we would love to be in”. He added “we have given a very good account of ourselves whether that be against Barrow or Woking or top of the table Macclesfield. It’s the last Saturday home game and it’s our duty to put a performance in to get that 3rd straight victory”.

  • Home League Record – P21  W7  D6  L8  F32  A25
  • Won their last two
  • Only lost one of their last six – W2  D3  L1 (defeat, 0-1 vs Torquay, 13/03/18)
  • Only lost two of eight home games in 2018
  • Last won three home games in a row August 2015

After several seasons of nail bitting finishes or despair, most O’s fans have welcomed a rather dull end to the season. However Edinburgh is keen for his side to create momentum to take into the summer, “we want to press hard until the end of the season, it is key for us, we have spoke to the players and they know how important it is to finish strongly”. The O’s could still grab a top half spot and Edinburgh highlighted it still maintains their aim “we are focused on making sure we get as many points as we can to finish as high up in the table as we can”.

  • Nine of last 17 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Eight of the last 12 conceded have been in the first half
  • Top half Record – P22  W4  D8  L10
  • Home Record – W2  D4  L4

Wrexham head to East London knowing a win is a must if they want a place in the play offs. The Dragons dropped out of the play offs on Tuesday night after Ebbsfleet’s win at Eastleigh. Wrexham continued their poor recent form last weekend with a 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge. Paul Rutherford gave them the lead but Fejiri Okenabirhie levelled the scores before David Raven put through his own net.

  • Sit 8th on 69 points – one point outside play offs
  • No win in last five – D2  L3
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3
  • Only won two of their last 12 – W2  D7  L3
  • League Record – P44  W17  D18  L9  F49  A38

Manager Andy Davies couldn’t believe that his side came away with no points last week, speaking to he stated “anybody who watched that game will first and foremost not understand how we haven’t won it. In terms of pressure, chances and opportunities, especially second, it is a wonder how we haven’t come away with the win”.

  • Failed to score in 12 league games (eight away)
  • Failed to score in two of their last four
  • Only Scored four goals in last six games
  • Scored in three of last four away
  • Only scored two or more in four away league games

The Dragons promotion bid has been halted with Dean Keates’s departure in March to Walsall, Davies’s side have only taken five points from a possible 18 on offer. Despite their dip in form, Davies knows that with everybody taking points off each other, it is clear what his side have to do. “We have got two games left, Leyton Orient away, which is a game we have got to go and get three points in and that sets up the last game of the season. Other teams are going to drop points, so we’ve got to make sure we are in there and remain positive which we will be going down to Orient on Saturday”.

  • Away League Record – P22  W7  D9  L6  F18  A21
  • Only Halifax (17) have scored less away
  • No win in last six – D5  L1 (defeat, 3-0 vs Eastleigh, 10/04/2018)
  • Only won two of their last 12 – W2  D7  L3
  • Five of their seven wins have been by one goal

Despite netting the opener against Dagenham, Paul Rutherford’s goal wasn’t enough to gain some points. The 30 year old insists that his side still believe that they can reach the play offs, speaking to will fight tooth and nail to get in there, if we play like we did today then we give ourselves a good chance to win”. Wrexham have draw 18 games this season but Rutherford makes it clear what his side have to do “we need to get maximum points, we need to make sure we do our business, it is a massive game next week, full focus making sure we take the points”

  • Scored 25/49 league goals in second half (10/18 away)
  • Last three have been in the first half
  • Conceded 21/38 league goals in first half 
  • Nine between 1-15 minutes and Nine between 31-45 minutes
  • 1/3 of their away league goals have been conceded in the first 15 minutes of games (6/18)

Saturday’s defeat for Wrexham was the third game in a row they failed to win after taking the leadStriker Scott Quigley is fully aware that if his side are to challenge it is something they will have to eradicate. Speaking to is only two games left, we are still there depending on other results, a few games we have been front and we have thrown away the lead, it’s not good enough”.

  • Kept 21 league clean sheets – most in National League (ten away)
  • No clean sheet in last five – conceding eight
  • Last clean sheet – 1-0 vs Maidstone, 24/03/2018
  • No Clean sheet in last four away, just one in last six away (0-0 vs Solihull, 20/02/2018)

Winger Jack Mackreth wants his side to replicate their performance of last week, despite the defeat the winger felt his side did not more than enough to earn victory. Speaking to were on the front foot all game and missed a lot of chances, if  we replicate the performance of today and are positive and on the front foot, we can go and beat Orient next week”.

  • Have only lost one of their 23 games against the bottom half (2-1 vs Maidstone)    P23  W10  D12  L1    42/69 points
  • Away record – P11  W3  D7  L1

Team News

Leyton Orient will have to check on the fitness of defender George Elokobi and winger James Brophy who both came off injured on Tuesday night. Dan Happe could start alongside Marvin Ekpiteta in defence while Lemar Reynolds could start on the wing. Josh Coulson and James Dayton remain injured but Dan Holman and Alex Lawless could return to the squad.

Wrexham will still be without striker Chris Holroyd who remains out through injury but Kevin Roberts returns after completing his suspension. Jack MacKreth should continue in midfield after assisting Paul Rutherford’s goal last weekend.

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

Last meeting  – 28/10/2017 – Wrexham 2-2 Leyton Orient


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The last seven meetings

  • Wrexham have only won one of their last six trips to Brisbane Road

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Wrexham 



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“We Are Putting Our Foot Down”

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson insists there will be no let up in performance when his side travel to Hartlepool on Tuesday evening. Orient have only lost once in their last seven games and the former Dagenham left back wants his to continue that record at Victoria Road. Speaking to leytonorient.coma draw was probably a fair result and a good result as we want to stay unbeaten until the end of the season. We are putting our foot down as we want to do well in these games”.

  • Sit 14th on 54 points
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1
  • Taken 11 points from last 15 available
  • League Record – P42  W14  D12  L16  F54  A53

The O’s extended their unbeaten run to five games on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield. Josh Koroma’s strike cancelled out Danny Whittaker’s opener at Moss Rose. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted with the performance of his side and speaking to BBC London stated “ I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves and apart from a miraculous block on the line, stopped us collecting all three points”

  • Away League Record – P21  W7  D6  L8  F22  A28
  • Unbeaten in last three – W1  D2
  • One win in last five – 3-1 vs Guiseley, 30/03/2018
  • Only lost one of last nine away league games, Dover 1-0, 03/03/2018
  • Seven of the 11 wins under Edinburgh have been away

Orient fell behind early on Saturday for the second game in a row but Edinburgh’s side have shown resilience in recent weeks to battle back and earn points. Widdowson felt his side on another day could have taken all three points, “overall, I think we created the most chance and carried the greater goal threat, apart from their goal I don’t remember too many scoring opportunities”.

  • Failed to score in 13 league games (seven away)
  • Scored in three of last five on the road
  • Scored in their last four games and six of their last eight in all competitions
  • Scored in eight of their last ten away games

After a shaky opening period at Moss Rose, Orient defended well and kept Macclesfield’s chances to a minimum in the second period. Edinburgh handed Marvin Ekpiteta his first start for the club in the absence of Josh Coulson and the former Newport man praised his and the rest of the defensive display. Speaking to leytonorient.comJoe was excellent from start to finish, Marsh is a dangerous for them and he marked him out of the game. I am delighted for Marvin, he was excellent alongside George and Lingy”. He added “we looked assured and very solid at the back”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets (seven away)
  • No clean sheet in last three (last 3-0 win vs Woking, 24/03/2018)
  • Two clean sheets in last five games 
  • Three clean sheets in last seven away games
  • Conceded just seven goals in last 11 league games

Orient have pulled themselves clear of the relegation zone into mid table and Edinburgh has made it clear that he wants his side to carry momentum into next season’s campaign. After impressing against the league leaders Edinburgh will be looking for his side to be in that position next season. Speaking to leytonorient.comA club like ours needs to be up at that top end, the momentum we take in will make the pathway clearer for next year. I am delighted with the players they have been non-stop on the training pitch this week”.

  • Scored 32/54 league goals in second half – 11/22 away
  • Netted 15 in final 15 minutes of games
  • Nine of their last 17 have been in the second half
  • Conceded 34/53 league goals in the first half
  • Four of their last five conceded in league have been in first half

Hartlepool moved a point nearer safety on Saturday earning a point at promotion chasing Sutton United. Josh Hawkes’s equaliser earned Pools a point in South London after Ross Lafayette put Sutton ahead early on.

  • Sit 19th on 49 points
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Form in last six – W3  D1  L2
  • League Record – P43  W12  D13  L18  F49  A61

After battling back to earn a point at Gander Green Lane, midfielder Nicky Featherstone thought his side grew into the game and could have grabbed a winner. Speaking to the northernechoI think you’d have taken a point after the first ten minutes, it’s a tough place to come, the way they play, they are very direct and a big physical side. We got better as the game went on and I thought in the second half we might go on and nick it”.

  • Scored 27/49 in the second half – 12/22 at home
  • Four of their last seven have been in the first half
  • Failed to score in 14 league games (eight at home)
  • Failed in two of their last three games
  • Scored in five of their last seven games

After months of turmoil at Victoria Road with ownership issues, there finally appears to be green shoots of recovery. A consortium led by former Darlington owner Raj Singh have taken over the club, instilling former Pool manager Craig Hignett as Director of Football while Matthew Bates will stay in charge till the end of the season. It ended a good month for Pools with the news as Bates won manager of month for March but knows the work has not finished yet.

  • Kept eight league clean sheets (four at home)
  • No clean sheet in last seven – conceding nine goals
  • Only kept one clean sheet in last 23 matches – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 10/03/2018
  • No clean sheet in last three home games
  • Just one in their last 10 at Victoria Road

Sitting just five points above the relegation zone, the next week could prove pivotal to which division the Pools will be playing in next season. Following the visit of Orient on Tuesday, Hartlepool host Torquay on Saturday and results in both could secure their safety. Interim manager Matthew Bates wants his side to build on Saturday’s point on Tuesday night, speaking to’re due a win at home now, we need to do what we’re doing away from home, fight and spirit”

  • Home League Record – P21  W6  D5  L10  F22  A25
  • One win in last five – W1  D1  L3 (win 2-1 vs Bromley, 27/03/2018)
  • Only won two home games since mid November – W2  D2  L6 

Hartlepool have struggled at home in 2018 taking just seven points from 24 available and Bates understands that after back to back 1-0 home defeats, his side need to bounce back. Speaking to the Northern Echowe have conceded two late goals in the last two home games and it’s hard to take, our home form has been terrible”. The crowd at Victoria have got restless in recent games and Bates knows a fast start could be key “it’s so important to start well at home, win your tackles and your battles, then the fans come with you and make it easier”.

  • Conceded 39/61 league goals in second half (only Guiseley and Eastleigh 41 have conceded more
  • 22 (12 at home) have been in final 15 minutes of games – joint most in league
  • Have dropped seven points in that period this season and lost their last two home matches in that period
  • Three of their last four games have conceded a goal in final 15 minutes

Team News

Leyton Orient will have to check on the fitness of Josh Koroma after the winger was forced off in the draw with Macclesfield. James Brophy could be a doubt after picking up a knock on Saturday. Alex Lawless returned to the squad on Saturday while Marvin Ekpiteta is set to continue in defence. Josh Coulson and James Dayton are still out through injury but striker Dan Holman could return at Hartlepool.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 20, Draw 9, Hartlepool United 20

Last Meeting – 16/09/2017 – Leyton Orient 1-2 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool head to head

The last eight meetings between the sides

  • There has not been a drawn between the sides since 05/11/2011 – 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road.
  • One draw in the past 15 meetings between sides

Prediction – Hartlepool United 0-2 Leyton Orient

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“Spoil the Party and Delay that Opportunity of Going up”

Leyton Orient assistant manager Ross Embleton wants his side to make an impression when they visit table toppers Macclesfield tomorrow. The O’s travel to face the Silkmen in front of the BT Sport cameras and the former Swindon man is hoping his side can ruin the home sides day. Speaking to We go there to spoil the party and delay that opportunity of going up”.

  • Sit 12th on 53 points
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1  F11  A4
  • Won last three games scoring ten goals
  • League Record – P41  W14  D11  L16  F53  A52

The O’s travel North after picking up their third straight victory last weekend with a 4-1 win over Barrow. Orient fell behind early on to a Luke James header but after equalising before half time, a brace from top scorer MacAuley Bonne and a Josh Koroma strike helped them to victory.

  • Away League Record – P20  W7  D5  L8  F21  A27
  • One win in last four – 3-1 vs Guiseley, 30/03/18
  • Only one defeat in last eight league games – 1-0 vs Dover, 03/03/18
  • Seven of Orient’s 11 wins under Edinburgh have been away

Orient sit relatively comfortable in mid table and Embleton was pleased with the manner his side ground out victory last weekend. It was only their second win in 21 games when conceding the first goal and the former Swindon man acknowledged his side have come a long way since the early part of the season. Speaking to East London Advertiser I’m not sure we would have finished them off in the manner we did. I think it shows we have an edge about us now and this is a sterner Leyton Orient team going out on the pitch”.

Defender George Elokobi was disappointed his side failed to keep a clean sheet against Barrow but insists despite having nothing to play for this season, they are desperate to keep their unbeaten run going. Speaking to the mood is really good, we want to carry on winning games and keep the run going. At the same time, respect each team we play. It’s all about building momentum, we motivate and push each other through. We want to carry on working hard and make sure we keep run going”.

  • Kept 11 League clean sheets – (seven away)
  • No clean sheet in last two
  • Last clean sheet – 3-0 vs Woking, 24/03/18
  • Two clean sheets in last four
  • Three clean sheets in last six away games
  • Only conceded six goals in last ten league games

Striker Macauley Bonne moved to 20 league goals after his brace against Barrow and despite heading to the league leaders tomorrow, he is hungry for more goals. Bonne who joined from Colchester United last summer highlighted that he wants Orient to put the champagne on ice for Macclesfield. Speaking to’re coming up there to totally spoil their party, the seasons not done yet and we’ve still got a job to do. I’m sure they we will win it eventually but we’re not planning on being the ones they win it against”.

  • Orient have scored 32/53 league goals in second half – 11/21/ away
  • Netted 15 goals in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Nine of the last 16 scored in the league have been in the second half

After a turbulent season in E10 after relegation last season, Orient are hoping for a top half finish with Embleton stating to leytonorient.comwe are striving to achieve, we have been looking up for a number of weeks, as a group we strive to finish up the league as high as we can. We look at teams around us and the teams we can catch”.

  • Failed to score in 13 league games (seven away)
  • Scored three or more in last three games
  • Failed to score in two of last four away
  • But scored in nine of the 13 away games under Edinburgh
  • Scored in seven of last nine away games

Tomorrow’s clash with Macclesfield will be Orient’s fifth televised fixture this season and after losing all five, Embleton is keen with his side upwardly mobile to continue their form. Speaking to leytonorient.comthe attitude has to remain the same, they are full of confidence and are certainly making every opportunity to get back to the football league. In front of the cameras we want to go out, make an impression and build the momentum”.

  • Conceded 33/52 goals in the first half of games
  • 12 between 1-15 minutes and 14 between 31-45 minutes
  • Eight of the last 11 goals conceded have been in first 15 or last 15 minutes of games
  • 14/24 under Edinburgh and nine of the last 15 conceded have been in second half

Macclesfield host Orient needing just four points to clinch the National League title and promotion back to the Football League. The Silkmen edged closer on Tuesday night after a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood, courtesy of a brace from Tyrone Marsh and will be looking to ebb even nearer on Saturday.

  • Sit 1st on 85 points – 12 above second placed Tranmere
  • Form in last six – W4  D2
  • One loss in last 13 – W9   D3  L1 (2-0 vs Dover)
  • League Record – P43  W25  D10  L8  F62  A45

Manager John Askey praised the professionalism of his side after picking up their fourth win in their last five games. Speaking to Silk 106.9 after the winhe stated “coming to  place like that is always very tough, they are a good side but we were very professional with how we went about our job. They have been fantastic again and shown why we are where we are”.

  • Home League Record – P21  W12  D6  L3  F28  A18
  • Only Tranmere (42) have taken more points at home
  • Won last five at home – last defeat 2-1 vs Eastleigh 28/10/17
  • Unbeaten in last 12 games – W8  D4
  • Three of their last four home wins have been 1-0

Askey admitted post match that despite Macclesfield lead growing at the top in recent weeks, he has still thought about all the scenarios. But with just three games to go, Askey knows that his side have it in their hands to clinch promotion “Tranmere have got it all to do, we know what we’ve got to do, four points from the last three games. We have been averaging more than that all season so I believe we can do it”.

  • Kept 17 League clean sheets (10 at home – Only Wrexham 11 kept more)
  • Two clean sheets in last three
  • Three clean sheets in last four
  • Four of last seven games, they have conceded at least two goals
  • Not conceded more than one home goal in last ten home games

Midfielder Danny Whittaker has been an ever present this season for the Silkmen, missing just two league games. The 37 year old re-joined the club back in 2013 and revealed his was devastated when they dropped out the League in 2012. But speaking to I came back, I always knew the gaffer would be able to put a team together that was able to challenge, I just didn’t know how long it would take. Luckily, I’m able to play a part in it”.

  • Failed to score in seven games  – only Fylde 6 have failed in less
  • Scored 39/62 league goals in second half 
  • 18/28 home goals in second half –
  • Including 11 in final 15 minutes – gaining 10 points

Askey played for the Silkmen between 87 and 2003, playing a part in their promotion from the fifth tier to the Football League in 1997. The 53 year old has Macclesfield running through is blood and his reputation at Moss Rose would increase even more if he could lead them to promotion. Speaking to Silk 106.9 on what promotion would mean “football wise it would mean everything, it would be my biggest achievement. To get the club back in the Football League where as a player we worked so hard to get there before seeing them back in the conference would be a massive achievement” 

  • Conceded 23/45 league goals in second half
  • Four of their last six have been in second half

Macclesfield could be crown champions if they win tomorrow and second placed Tranmere fail to win at home to Aldershot. Despite Orient arriving in mid table, Whittaker is aware that the East Londoners will want to spoil the party, “it’s always nice to play on TV but with the position we’re in, it’s a little bit special. Every match in the National League is difficult and poses different problems. Orient have picked up recently but we’ll go into it like we have the past four or five games, full of confidence”.

  • Record against top half – P20  W11  D5 L4
  • Unbeaten at home – W6  D3  – keeping six clean sheets
  • 10/25 wins and 6/12 home wins have ended 1-0

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the injured quartet of James Dayton, Josh Coulson, Alex Lawless and Matt Harrold. Charlie Lee is back in training but still off match fitness. Marvin Ekpiteta could be handed his first start alongside George Elokobi in defence while Dan Holman could return to the squad after missing the win over Barrow.

Macclesfield will be without Ryan Lloyd who is out through injury while Elliott Durrell is doubtful. Striker Tyrone Marsh is looking to add to his four goals in his last four games, including a brace in Tuesday’s win at Boreham Wood.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 3, Macclesfield 8

Last meeting – 21/10/17 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Macclesfield


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The Last seven meetings between sides

Prediction – Macclesfield 1-1 Leyton Orient


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“As A Footballer You Can Never Rest”

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff insists his side will not let their season dwindle out ahead of their home clash with Barrow tomorrow. Orient pulled themselves nine points clear of the relegation zone after their 3-1 win at Guiseley on Good Friday but McAnuff highlights that there is still work to be done. Speaking to as a footballer you can never rest, I don’t think there ever will be a situation where you can take things for granted and not put 100% in”.

  • Sit 13th on 50 points
  • League Record – P40  W13  D11  L16  F49  A51
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2

The 36 year old has been a shinning light for the East Londoners this season and is keen for his side to end the season well stating Head Coach Justin Edinburgh is the right man for it. “We have a manager who is very demanding and rightfully so. He won’t let people slack off, we really want to end the season well, put some performances in and get some good wins”.

  • McAnuff has been involved in 15 of Orient’s 64 goals in all competitions (10 assists, 5 goals)

The O’s head into tomorrow’s game after back to back wins after their Easter Monday clash with Maidenhead was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A brace from McAnuff and a David Mooney goal helped Orient to victory at Guiseley with Head coach Justin Edinburgh described the performance to as “professional, efficient and controlling the game for longs periods”.

  • Home League Record – P20  W6  D6  L8  F28  A24
  • One win in last eight games (W1, D3  L4) – 3-0 vs Woking last time out 
  • Three of last five home games have been draws
  • Eight of 11 wins under Edinburgh have been away
  • Orient have only won back to back home matches once since August

Assistant Coach Ross Embleton is keen for his side to look up the league and finish as high as they can following an up and down campaign in E10. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we know it hasn’t been the season everyone wanted to have but at the same time we still need to keep striving to catch teams above us”. A key for the O’s is creating momentum to start next season on the up, a statement Embleton echoes, “we have still got a month of this one left but it is about trying to build so we come back for next season with a good feeling and positivity”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets (four at home)
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • First clean sheet at home in six games
  • Only conceded once in last three games 
  • Not kept back to back home clean sheets since August 2015

McAnuff took his goal tally to five with his brace at Guiseley and feels the back to back wins over sides at the bottom is a big step for his side. Orient have struggled with the expectation to win but after the recent victories, McAnuff is keen for his side to continue tomorrow and next season. Speaking to going to Guiseley and winning was a big performance, the mentality to go and win a game we are expected to win, moving forward is going to be key. We have had a year to get to grips with things and to see what the league is about. Handling expectation is massive going forward”.

  • Failed to scored in 13 league games
  • Scored six in last two games
  • Scored in five of the last six home matches (0-1 loss, Torquay, 13/03/18)
  • Failed to score in two of their last four games

With extra rest after Monday’s postponement, Embleton illustrates that despite Barrow sitting just outside the relegation zone, Orient will be in for a tough afternoon. Speaking to leytonorient.comit will be a difficult game, we need to make sure we prepare properly. it is a little bit similar to the Guiseley game, teams we are coming up against are in a difficult position and fighting for lives but we can’t take our foot off the gas, we need to be ruthless and add to their woes”

  • Conceded 32/51 league goals in first half 
  • 11 between 1-15 mins and 14 between 31-45 minutes
  • Seven of the last ten conceded have been in first 15 or last 15 minutes of games
  • 14/23 conceded under Edinburgh and nine of the last 14 conceded have been in the second half

Barrow extended their winless run to four games with a 3-1 home defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening. Nathan Waterston levelled for Barrow after Jonny Smith put Fylde ahead but a third defeat in six games came after Danny Rowe and Serhat Tasdemir netted in the North.

  • Sit 20th on 41 points
  • League Record – P39  W9  D14  L16  F44  A53
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3
  • Last win 1-0 at Maidenhead, 17/02/18
  • Two league wins since Boxing Day, W2  D7  L5

Assistant manager Jamie Day thought his side battled well in the first half but defensive frailties cost his side once more as they sit precariously outside the relegation zone on goal difference.  Speaking to’s the same old story, I thought first half we played really well, pressed them and were on the front foot. But at the minute, we’re giving away some really silly goals. Teams are not earning the goals they are getting and we’re getting punished at the minute”.

  • Conceded 32/53 league goals in the second (18/29 away)
  • Conceded 12 between 46-60 and 12 between 76-90
  • 12 of the last 17 conceded have been in the second half


Barrow remaining fixtures

Barrow’s remaining games

With his side looking over their shoulders at Torquay’s and Solihull’s form, Day knows that if his side are to beat the drop the mistakes need to be eradicated quickly, “if you keep making mistakes like we are then you end up where we are in the league”. Barrow have a busy end of the season run in and Day urged his players to fight for the points they need to survive. Speaking to I’ve said before everyone has to pull their weight now. In the remaining games everyone’s got to pull their weight, earn the right for the short and get the points we need to get us over the line”.


  • Scored 26/44 league goals in the first half
  • 13/25 away have been in the first half – including nine between 31-45 minutes – most in division
  • Nine of the last 12 scored have been in the first half

Wins are what is needed at the moment for Barrow and Day is clear that his side need to be more ruthless in attack, “it’s catch 22, because we need to be a bit riskier to get the wins but we’re making stupid mistakes and getting punished. Perhaps we’ve got to take more risks going forward, against Boreham Wood and Dover, the final pass let us down when we needed it”.

  • Failed to score in 11 league games (four away)
  • Failed in two of their last three games
  • Scored in four of their last five away matches (0-0, Boreham Wood, 30/03/18)
  • Scored in 13 of their last 15 away games
  • Not scored more than once since New Years Day – 13 games – 3-3 vs Wrexham

Barrow have kept two clean sheets in their last three games but Day emphasised “we can’t keep relying on clean sheets as a team and not conceding because we are going to concede and we are going to make mistakes. Both ends of the field have got to add to it”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (five away)
  • Kept back to back away clean sheets (both 0-0’s)
  • Kept three in last four away games
  • Not kept three away clean sheets in a row since 2015

Ady Pennock’s men are definitely better away than at home and in the meeting with Orient, the first goal will be key. The Bluebirds have taken just four points from a possible 51 (17 games) when conceding first with Day clear that his side need to overcome that obstacle. “It’s disappointing that we conceded and then we seem to go into our shell and go on the back foot. Where we are in the league plays a part in that but we’ve got to have character to get us through that and get us through the remaining games”.

  • Away League Record – P19  W6  D4  L9  F25  A29
  • Unbeaten in last two – W1  D1
  • Two wins in last four (1-0 at Maidstone and Maidenhead)
  • Nine of the 13 points collected since Boxing Day have come away)
  • Their last seven league wins have come away  from home

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the injured trio of James Dayton, Alex Lawless and Matt Harrold. Charlie Lee has resumed full training and nearing fitness. David Mooney will be pushing for a recall to the starting 11 after netting off the bench at Guiseley last time out.

Dan Jones and Nathan Waterston are hoping to retain their places after they were recalled in Tuesday’s night defeat to AFC Fylde. Asa Hall and Bedsente Gomis dropped out while Jack Barthram, Jordan White and Harry Panayiotou are awaiting their chance to start.

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-1 Barrow

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“A Game We Can’t Take for Granted”

Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton knows his side cannot underestimate bottom side Guiseley when they visit Nethermoor Park on Good Friday. Orient have already lost three of seven games against the current bottom four and Embleton wants his side on top of their game. Speaking to leytonorient.comit’s a game we can’t take for granted in any shape or form. We need to go to Guiseley and be ruthless. Give ourselves an opportunity to pick up three points again”.

  • Sit 15th on 47 points – seven above relegation zone
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3
  • League record – P39  W12 D11  L16  F46  A50

The O’s head north after picking up their first win in seven last weekend with a 3-0 victory over Woking.  A brace from top scorer Macauley Bonne and a James Brophy strike secured the win for Orient. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted with the victory as it was their first at home in 2018. Speaking to leytonorient.comit was a huge three points, a long time in coming. Obviously in front of a big home crowd today, what we needed to give them, the victory at home which has been a bit elusive of late”.

  • Away League Record – P19  W6  D5  L8  F18  A26
  • No win in last three – (last time 0-0 at Eastleigh)
  • Last win – 1-0 vs Chester, 20/02/2018
  • Seven of Orient’s ten win under Edinburgh have been away
  • Only lost one of last seven away league fixtures – W5  D1  L1
  • Defeat – 1-0 vs Dover, 03/03/2018

Man of the match James Brophy netted the third for Orient and his third of the season. The former Swindon winger is highlighting his potential with a run in the side at left midfield. The 23 year old joined permanently in January and is now finding form, being involved in four of Orient’s last six goals and he is not finished their. Speaking to East London Advertiser “when you play in a wide position further forward, people will look at your tally of goals and assists so I have got to try and add to my game”.

  • Orient have failed to score in 13 league games (seven away)
  • Scored in one of their last three games
  • Failed in two of their last three away matches
  • First time Orient have scored two or more in a League match since January – eight games

Another positive for the O’s was keeping back to back clean sheets for the first time since February. Orient named the same back five for the last two matches and defender Joe Widdowson feels his side have felt comfortable at the back. Speaking to we are pleased as defenders and a back four with Brillo to keep another clean sheet. We looked quite solid again. We created more chances and took them”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets – (seven away)
  • Back to back clean sheets for the fourth time under Edinburgh
  • Three clean sheets in last five away games
  • Only conceded one goal in last four away league games

Good Friday’s trip is the first of two games in four days with Orient facing Maidenhead on Easter Monday. Embleton believes that with Guiseley rock bottom and needing the points, it could be a good thing for his side. Speaking to with the position they find themselves in, they will have to try and win the game. We are away from home, we can exploit them in certain areas”.

  • Conceded 32/50 league goals in the first half – 16/26 away
  • 11 between 1-15 minutes, 14 between 31-45 minutes
  • Six of their last nine conceded have been in first 15 or last 15 minutes of matches
  • 13/22 under Edinburgh and eight of their last 13 have been conceded in second half

Orient are ebbing closer to safety and with seven games to go, Brophy is keen for his side to finish the season in good form. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we want to lay the foundations for next season. We need to finish this year on a high with a good run of results that will lay foundations for pre season”.

  • Scored 26/46 league goals in second half
  • Six of last nine in league have been in second half

Guiseley head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient 14 points from safety at the bottom of the National League. The Lions game against Torquay last weekend was postponed leaving Sean St Ledger men, a long way from safety.

  • Sit 24th on 26 points
  • Form in Last six – W1  D1  L4
  • One win since Boxing Day – W1  D2  L10 
  • League Record – P37  W5  D11  L21  F32  A69

Guiseley’s last game saw them draw 1-1 with Halifax, Kayode Odejayi put them ahead in the first half but Ben Tomlinson levelled the game in the second half for Halifax. Interim manager Sean St Ledger admitted to have to be proud of everyone of my players, we wanted the three points but didn’t get it but we dug out the draw. Last week we went down to ten men and lost, in terms of growth, against the wind and adversity we got a point, the lads were fantastic, I can’t ask for any more”

  • Kept just league clean sheets (lowest in League)
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • Last clean sheet 1-0 vs Fylde, 20/02/18
  • One clean sheet in last 13 games in all competitions – conceding 28 goals
  • One clean sheet in last nine home games

Former Republic of Ireland defender St Ledger took over at Nethermoor Park in February after Paul Cox departed. The 33 year old will take charge of his sixth game on Friday and he alluded to that his side need to be better in front of goal, “we had many opportunities and we haven’t converted them, if we wasn’t creating them then I would be more worried. We are, we have good strikers and we were unlucky when we hit the post, I can’t ask for any more of the players”.

  • Failed to score in 16 league games (eight at home)
  • Scored in last two and four of their last five games
  • Last failed to score – 4-0 loss, Sutton, 24/02/18
  • Scored in last three home games and five of last seven

Guiseley run inDespite sitting 14 points from safety, Guiseley still have hope that they can survive the drop as they face several of the teams directly above them in the run in. St Ledger highlighted to wharfedaleobserverin terms of growth and getting better, we are clearly doing that. We have spoken about taking each game as it comes, until it becomes mathematically impossible, we will keep going”.


Guiseley against botom 8

Four of five wins against bottom six


Guiseley picked up their first win since Boxing Day in St Ledger’s second game in charge (1-0 vs Fylde, 20/02/2018). Despite battling performances, they need wins in their predicament and St Ledger understands that. Speaking to Yorkshire Post “I cannot ask more in terms of effort, commitment and attitude. Sometimes, in football, you need that little bit of luck and I don’t think we have really had that in the last two games.” He added “I feel a bit for the lads as some of the performances have probably warranted better results

  • Conceded 37/69 league goals in second half 
  • Only Torquay (43) have conceded more
  • 16/32 first half goals conceded between 31-45 minutes
  • Eight of the last 13 conceded been in second half
  • Only 32% goals conceded at home – 22/69

With back to back positive results at home, St Ledger is looking to make it three in a row when Orient visit. Speaking to wharfedaleobserver “Leyton Orient are a team that are resurgent under Justin Edinburgh. Their form away from home is very good and it will be a really tough game. They’ve got some really good players in their side” He added “But the last two home games we beat Fylde and we drew with Halifax with 10 men so I’m hoping that we can try and make Nethermoor a bit of a fortress”

  • Home League Record – P18  W3  D8  L7  F16  A22
  • Only Torquay (14) have taken less points at home
  • Only one home win since October 21st – 11 games – W1  D5  L5
  • Not gone three unbeaten at home since October

Team News

Alex Lawless, Charlie Lee and James Dayton all remain side lined with injury. Striker Matt Harrold is a doubt with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Woking. Justin Edinburgh could name an unchanged side for the trip.

Guiseley have John Rooney available after his red card against Halifax was overturned. Marcus Williams is available after his loan spell from York ended while recent signins Ellis Hudson and Ben Frempah could make the debuts.

Prediction – Guiseley 0-2 Leyton Orient

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“There Will be One Winner and I’m Confident it Will be Us”

Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne is confident his side can end their winless run when they host Woking tomorrow afternoon. Both sides head into the game just five points above the relegation zone after results in midweek but Bonne is positive his side can gain a positive result. Speaking to We’ll be up for it, they’ll be up for it, there is 22 players on the pitch, they will be one winner and I’m confident it will be us”.

  • Sit 17th on 44 points
  • Last win – 1-0 vs Chester, 20/02/2018
  • League Record – P38  W11  D11  L16  F43  A50

The O’s extended their winless run to six games with 0-0 draw away at Eastleigh last Saturday. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was pleased with how his side bounced back from defeat to Torquay on the South Coast. Speaking to any point away from home is a good one. The response from Tuesday night was positive and certainly in the second half we were the only team who looked like they were going to win”.

  • Orient have fallen behind in four of their last five games – Three of last four home games

Midfielder Jobi McAnuff returned to action at Eastleigh after six weeks out and knows his side need to take the positives from the draw into Saturday’s game with Woking. The draw was Orient’s first clean sheet in six games and McAnuff highlighted to that was a big target for us, it’s something we need to get back to. Sometimes you have to have perspective on the games and take the point”.

  • Kept ten league clean sheets (three at home)
  • Kept five clean sheets in 2018, four away
  • No clean sheet in last five home games
  • Last Clean sheet at home – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/2018
  • Two clean sheets in last eight home games

Bonne could be away with Zimbabwe after being called up by his country but the 22 year old declined the call to stay with Orient. Speaking to leytonorient.comthere was a lot of travelling to it, I have played a lot of minutes in my first full season and I didn’t thing I needed any extra games. I appreciate being called up, I am at the stage of my career where I make decision for me and I decided on a full week of training with no travelling to be ready for Woking”.

  • Orient have conceded 32/50 league goals in the first half of games
  • 11 between 1-15 minutes and 14 between 31-45 minutes
  • Six of the last nine conceded have been in first 15 minutes or last 15 minutes of games
  • 13/22 conceded under Edinburgh and eight of the last 13 conceded have been in the second half

Bonne has netted 19 times so far this season but much like his team, he has found it hard to find the net in recent games. The striker finds himself seven games without a goal but after recharging his batteries, he is confident he can net against his former club on Saturday. “I haven’t scored in a few games now, I don’t let it affect my game, if I’m not scoring and I am making sure I am being busy. I have done a few early morning sessions which has helped me get my sharpness back and I am really confident of notching on Saturday”.

  • Orient have failed to score in 13 league games (six at home)
  • Failed to score in their last two
  • Only scored one goal in last four league matches and just three in their last six league games
  • Have not scored two or more goals in their last seven league games

After wins in midweek for Solihull Moors and Hartlepool, Orient are now looking over their shoulders at the teams below them. After creating an eight point gap last weekend, assistant Manager Ross Embleton is aware his side need wins to pull them out of danger. Speaking to we have found ourselves in situation this year, no means where we want to be. We find ourselves in a position where we need to pull some wins together. We don’t expect them (Woking) to make it easy for us, we know they haven’t been on a good run of late but we have a good week to prepare”.

  • Record against Bottom half – P17  W8  D4  L5 – 28/44 league points
  • Home record – W3  D2  L3


Orient next 4

Orient’s next four fixtures


With this weekend being an International break, Orient are hoping for a bumper crowd at Brisbane Road after announcing adult tickets are just £5. Embleton is hoping the message has reached the local community and the added support can help them to a first home win in 2018, the important thing from everyone’s perspective is to understand what having a good crowd can be having them behind us. We have a responsibility to got out, set an intensity and a tone to make it exciting and get people of their seats”.

  • Home League Record – P19  W5  D6  L8  F25  A24
  • No win in their last seven – D3  L4
  • Last win – 26/12/2017 – 2-0 vs Dagenham & Redbridge
  • Only won three home games since 4th September – W3  D6  L8

Woking arrive in E10 on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Wrexham last weekend. Josh Staunton opened to the scoring for Woking before putting through his own net 12 minutes before half time. Marcus Kelly put Wrexham ahead but Joey Jones struck ten minutes from time to earn Woking a point.

  • Sit 18th on 44 points
  • Form in last six – D2  L4
  • Last wins 1-0 vs Chester, 10/02/2018
  • League Record – P38  W12  D8  L18  F47  A60

Despite taking a point, manager Anthony Limbrick was left seething after his side were denied a late penalty after Reece Grego-Cox ws brought down. Speaking to Limbrick stated “we showed how close we came today, if I am honest we should be talking about the win after an absolute blatant penalty. Reece is through on goal, One on One, I thought it was a disgraceful decision”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games (two away)
  • Failed to score in two of their last four
  • Scored in three of their last four away games

After picking a point against a promotion contender, Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter is keen for his side to perform against the team in and around them. Speaking to we actually played really well in the second half, I thought it was a real great performance from the team. The two goals were sloppy from our point of view. We need to find a way of transferring performances against the top sides into the Halifax’s”. 

  • Kept eight league clean sheets (two away)
  • No clean sheet in last three – conceding seven
  • Kept three in their last eight – all at home
  • No clean sheet in last nine away games – 3-0 at Bury, FA Cup, 14/11/2017
  • Conceded two or more in eight of their last nine away games


Woking 7th octber

Woking’s position after 15 games


The point was only Woking 10th of 2018 and Baxter is fully aware that it is not good enough. The Cardinals sat 3rd in October but just two wins from their last 20 in all competitions has left Woking looking over their shoulder. Speaking to, Baxter stated “we have really good team spirit, we have stuck together, the supporters are rightfully unhappy about how we have performed, it’s hasn’t been good enough”.

  • Conceded 34/60 league goals in the first half – including 15 between 31-45 minutes (20/35 away from home)
  • Only Guiseley conceded more in that period
  • Five of their last six games – Woking have conceded a goal between 31-45 minutes


Woking next five

Woking’s next five fixtures


A major stumbling block for Limbrick’s men has been their dreadful away record. The Cardinals have only taken 12 points away so far this season but that will have to change with four of their next five league games on the road. Speaking to, Limbrick stated “There are only a few teams that have won as many games as us at home, we know what is needed now and that is for the away form to pick up,We are very positive at home and it is frustrating that are away form hasn’t been up there.

  • Away League Record – P18  W3  D3  L12  F18  A35
  • Only Guiseley (9) have taken less points away
  • Winless in their last nine games – D2  L7
  • No away league win since 03/10/2017 – 2-0  at Chester (11 games, D3  L8)
  • Lost their last three and four of their last five on the road

Woking lost 2-0 to Orient back in August but Limbrick is keen for his side to go to Brisbane Road looking to pick up maximum points, “they are a huge club, I am sure they expected to be up there at the start. They have a big budget and a lot of fans. We are looking forward to going there. We will put a plan together and go and get something from the game”.

  • Scored 27/47 league goals in the second half – 13/18 away goals
  • Scored 14 between 46-60 minutes – the most in the division

Team News

Orient have available both Ebou Adams and MacAuley Bonne after being given permission by their country to play. Jobi McAnuff could continue on the wing while Josh Koroma is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench at Eastleigh. Jake Caprice could return to the squad after missing the game last weekend while Myles Judd and Dan Happe are continuing their comebacks from injury.

Woking are set to be without Reece Grego-Cox who is away on International duty with Ireland U21’s. Josh Staunton should be available after playing for England C in midweek alongside Louis Ramsey who returned to action after injury in the draw with Wrexham. Jordan Wynter and Chez Isaac could return to the squad while Fabio Saraiva and Jonny Edwards will be hoping for recalls to the starting 11.

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Woking

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