“It’s Up to Us to Put in Performances to Finish Season on a High”

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Dean Brill highlights that his side need to put their cup disappointment behind them ahead of their home game with Ebbsfleet United tomorrow. The O’s bowed out of the FA Trophy after a 3-2 away defeat in their quarter final replay against Gateshead on Tuesday. Speaking to leytonorient.com Brill stated we like playing at home and with the fans behind us, it is up to us to put in performances to finish season on a high”.

  • Sit 16th on 42 points 
  • Winless in last three – conceding seven goals
  • League Record – P35  W11  D9  L15  F42  A48
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2

Justin Edinburgh’s men fought back from 2-0 down at Gateshead on Tuesday but another late goal cost them their place in the trophy. The O’s were down to 15 fit players in the North East but the former Newport man knows where his side need to improve. Speaking to leytonorient.com we have got to stop this, it is coming a bit of a common theme at the minute, we’ve gone from a team that was very hard to beat and seeing games out. Of late we have come away from that. It’s frustrating and something that will be addressed”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (three at home)
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • Two in their last five (both away in 1-0 wins)
  • No clean sheet in last three home games
  • Kept just two in their last six home games

Tuesday’s loss saw Orient fall to back to back defeats for the first time since Edinburgh’s appointment in November. The most disappointing thing for Brill was “the manner of the defeats”. Speaking to leytonorient.com that’s what hurts, sometimes you play games and you are not as good as the opposition on the day, but I feel the late goals have been harder to take. Tuesday’s game we fought our way back in but conceded another late goal and it’s something we are looking to put right on Saturday”.

  • Conceded 30/48 league goals in first half (10 between 1-15 minutes, 13 between 31-45)
  • 13 of the 20 conceded under Edinburgh have been in the second half
  • Eight of the last 11 have been in the second half
  • Five of the last seven have been in the last 30 minutes of matches
  • Have conceded a goal in the last 15 minutes in their last three matches

Sitting eight points above the relegation zone, Orient need a couple more wins to be sure of their National League place for next season. Despite the disappointment of exiting the cup, Edinburgh is keen for his side to build a run of form which they can take into the following season. Speaking to eastlondonadvertiser we have got to continue to be looking to accumulate as many points as we can and finish the season strongly. If we do that then we can take momentum we built into next year”.

  • Home league record – P17  W5  D5  L7  F24  A22
  • No win in last five – D2  L3
  • Last win – 2-0 vs Dagenham, Boxing Day
  • Only won three home games since September 4th – P15  W3  D5  L7
  • Conceded seven in their last three home games

With illness and injury resulting a thread bare squad at Gateshead, assistant manager Ross Embleton is happy to have four of his players back after being cup tied. After consecutive defeats the added selection dilemma is only a good thing. Speaking to leytonorient.com their is now competition for places and they know they have to perform on a regular basis to hold down a place in the squad”.

  • Failed to score in 11 league games (five at home)
  • Only failed in one of their last 10 (1-0 at Dover, 03/03/18)
  • Scored in their last three home games
  • Scored 25/42 league goals in the second half
  • 19/ 27 under Edinburgh and 23 of last 32 scored have been in the second half

Ebbsfleet’s win earlier in the season over the O’s signalled the end of Steve Davis’s reign and Embleton is very aware of the threat that they could pose tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are an aspiring club, everyone is aware of their financial capabilities and the direction they want to go in as a club. It will be a test and we know the run they have been on. They have been performing well and getting good results so we have to be mindful and respectful but we have to impose ourselves to use this as an opportunity to bounce back”

  • Record against top half – P20  W4  D6  L10    18 points
  • Home – P9  W2  D3  L4

Ebbsfleet arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-0 win away at Hartlepool two weeks ago. Dean Rance’s first half header gave Daryl McMahon’s side their fourth win on the spin and gives them a realistic ambitions of the play offs. Fleet arrive fresh after their home game with Wrexham last weekend was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

  • Sit 9th on 55 points 
  • Won four in a row for first time since April 2017
  • League Record – P36  W14  D13  L9  F47  A41
  • Form in last six – W4  L2

Fleet have been consistent throughout the season despite only being promoted last season. After just one defeat in their opening 14 league games, Fleet have continued to show their credentials and sit just five points away from the play offs. Striker Luke Coulson is confident his side can overhaul the gap to 7th placed Wrexham. Speaking to kentonline.co.ukthere have been one or two dips when we’ve got close and fallen away but when you consider we have been consistent throughout the season and played some great football, I think we’re always been a contender”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets (four away)
  • One in their last three
  • Two in their last six and two in their last four on the road
  • Last kept back to back away clean sheets – Feb/March 2017

Daryl McMahon heads back to one of his former clubs tomorrow after playing for the O’s between 2004 -2007. After gaining promotion for the Conference South last season after four years away, McMahon is relishing a trip back to Brisbane Road. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk it’s the biggest game down South for all of us, Leyton Orient are the biggest club in the league and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s a great fixture”

  • Away Record – P18  W5  D8  L5  F20  A23
  • Won back to back away games (1-0 vs Hartlepool, 2-1 vs Halifax)
  • Won three of their last six away games
  • Only won three of their last 13 away games – W3  D4  L6

McMahon beat his former side 2-1 back in November and is keen for his side to impress in front of the Brisbane Road crowd, “there is no better stage at this level than Brisbane Road. I’m sure they will have a decent crowd there. There is nothing for us to fear, it’s about putting our best foot forward and respecting the opposition but showing people we’re a decent side aswell”.

  • Failed to score in 12 league games (six away)
  • Scored in last four (last failed, 03/02/18 3-0 loss at Tranmere)
  • Scored in last two away and five of their last eight 
  • Scored 30/47 league goals in second half
  • Four of their last six and seven of their last ten in league have been in second half

McMahon is aware that Leyton Orient are a different proposition under Justin Edinburgh. Speaking to kentonline.co.ukJustin’s gone in and done a good job, got points on the board which they didn’t have before. They are very solid and a totally different team to the one we faced earlier. They are more of a 4-4-2 system, compact and working harder. A lot harder to break down”.

  • Conceded 22/41 league goals in first half – 14/23 away
  • In 2018, eight of their 14 goals conceded have been in first half

After success in the play offs last season, Coulson highlights that with just ten games remaining, there are a lot of twists and turns to be had. Speaking to kentonline.co.ukeveryone knows that going into the final leg of the season, it’s all on form and whoever is unbeaten in the last eight games or who has won the last seven. We know teams are beatable if our tactics are right and we’re all switched on”.

  • Four of their five away wins have been by one goal
  • Their last six league wins have been by just one goal

Team News

Leyton Orient can welcome back the quartet of Nathan Mavilla, Dan Holman, Sam Ling and Marvin Ekpitela after they were cup tied in midweek. Craig Clay and Alex Lawless are doubts after also missing the trip. George Elokobi and Jobi McAnuff look set miss out through injury while James Dayton and Charlie Lee remain long term absentees.

Ebbsfleet could name an unchanged side after picking up their fourth win on the spin. Striker Norman Wabo is available after joining from Southend on loan in midweek while Laurie Wilson could be back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury. Darren McQueen remains out with a knee injury.

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Ebbsfleet United


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“We Need to go There and Try and Get a Result”

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson wants to get their weekend defeat out of the system when they visit Gateshead tomorrow in their FA Trophy Quarter Final replay. After last week’s initial date was postponed, Orient travel north after suffering their first defeat in seven games at Dover Athletic on Saturday. Mitch Pinnock’s winner eight minutes from time handed Orient their first away defeat since the 2nd December. 

  • Sit 16th in National League
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1

Widdowson who has been an ever present throughout the season stated to leytonorient.com it’s good to have a game on Tuesday night, it’s a different competition and away from the league. We need to go there and try and get a result to progress to the semi-finals, that’s our aim now”.

  • Orient have not lost back to back games since the start of December (Torquay, 3-0, Solihull Moors, 1-0)

Despite the defeat Justin Edinburgh felt his side deserved a share of the spoils but highlights that his side our their own worst enemies at the moment. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was a disappointing end to the game, I thought we were fast out of the blocks and efficient. We certainly should have been coming away with at least a point but we have been the instigators with an individual error that has cost us the game”

  • Seven of the last eight conceded have been in the second half of games
  • 12 of the 17 conceded under Edinburgh have been in the second half

After back to back clean sheets, Edinburgh’s Orient side have conceded four goals in their last two games – all the goals coming in the last 30 minutes of games. The former Newport man illustrated that despite good performances from individuals, his side need to be stronger defensively. Speaking to BBC Londonit was an individual error, our mind set has got to be to have a greater desire to stop conceding goals because there was a lot of real positive performances. Craig Clay and Ebou Adams were quite outstanding today and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side”.

  • Kept 11 clean sheets – (seven away)
  • Two clean sheets in last three away
  • Two clean sheets in last nine games
  • Kept four clean sheets in their last eight away games
  • Conceded eight goals in four trophy games this season

Orient’s game at Dover at the weekend was the only game in the National League to survive the weather conditions of the past week. Despite the disruptive week, Widdowson was quick to highlight that it wasn’t to blame for their loss, “we had a couple of players missing today, it happen sometimes in football, you don’t get the ideal preparation but it’s no excuse, we still had a good team out today. We didn’t play well enough”.

  • Failed to score in 11 games this season 
  • Scored in eight of their last nine games
  • Saturday was the first time Orient failed to score since 06/01/2018 (Boreham Wood, 0-0)
  • Scored two or more in five of their last nine games
  • Scored in seven of their last nine away games

Orient have a second chance to progress to the semi finals on Tuesday but with illness striking the camp, Edinburgh will have to assess to who makes the trip to the North East. With the weather improving,  Edinburgh is aware that his side are still in limbo to if the conditions will be good enough to play. Speaking to leytonorient.com, “we will have to reassess, look at the bodies and illness and get the mindset going for Tuesday. We are in the lapse of the Gods to see if it goes ahead, but we’ll be prepared to go up there”.

  • Away record this season – P22  W8  D5  L9  F26  A33
  • Lost only one of their last nine – W7  D1  L1
  • Last defeat – 1-0 vs Dover Athletic, 02/12/17
  • Won four of their last five on the road – scoring eight

The Heed Army have not played since the 3-3 draw at Brisbane Road after their weekend trip to Tranmere Rovers was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. The break has given manager Steve Watson some time to reflect on the first encounter. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comit gave us a chance to give players a rest after all the games they have been playing and a chances to assess where we could do better and what went wrong”.

Gateshead four at home

Gateshead Next Four at home

In their FA Trophy run, Steve Watson’s Gateshead side certainly have had a never say die attitude, for the third consecutive tie his side battled back from a losing position to earn a replay. However the former Newcastle man would love a straight forward round but knows his side don’t like doing things simply. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comI would love to do things the easy way but we don’t seem to be able to”

  • Sit 14th in National League
  • One win in last five – last win 1-0 at Guiseley, 13/02/18
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2

With just one win in the previous four games, Watson will be hoping his side start better than they did at Brisbane Road. Gateshead were 3-0 down after 57 minutes bt fought back to gain the draw. Speaking after the initial tie to Gateshead-fc.comwe were poor, we didn’t return the ball how we needed to in an away game against a team in good form. Most of their attacks came from us giving the ball away, we came in 1-0 down and deservedly so”.

  • Kept 14 clean sheets (nine at home)
  • Only kept two in their last six games
  • Last clean sheet – 1-0 at Guiseley, 13/02/18
  • Only kept one in six trophy games this season
  • Kept two in last three at home – last 3-0 vs Maidstone FA Trophy, 06/02/18

The Heed army are definitely a second half team and Watson illustrates that the players need to start games how they finish them. For the fifth game in their last seven Gateshead fell behind, it is very difficult to rule our boys out, we have come back so many times, the hardest thing for me now is to get them to believe and start playing games how they finish them”. He added “we always know we are in a game, if we are still in with a shout with half hour to go, we will pile on the pressure”.

  • Ten of their last 12 goals have been scored in the second half
  • 19 of the 25 goals scored in 2018 have been in the second half
  • Failed to score in nine games this season
  • Scored in last seven games – last failed 0-0 vs Wrexham, 30/01/18
  • Only failed to score in one of last 13 games

Striker Johnson has had a tough few months but after netting his first goals since November on Saturday, he is hoping it can kick start his scoring till the end of the season. The 24 year old acknowledges that his side always find a way in the trophy to get a result. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comI think we’ve played a team in our defence every round. In football, it’s never going to be simple. But sometimes you look at a cup run and think, yes it is our time, it’s going to fall for us”.

With the replay on Tuesday, Watson is hoping his side take some momentum and belief into the return game. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comhopefully we have got some momentum and some belief. If we go in carrying the momentum that we had in the last 20-25 minutes at home. It will be a tough place for them to come, they are a good side and have some good players”.

  • Home record this season – P20  W9  D7  L6  F30  A25
  • Won two of their last five – last win 3-0 vs Maidstone, 06/02/18
  • Only won three home games since Start of December – W3  D4  L3
  • Scored in seven of last nine home game

Richard Peniket struck the equaliser at the death at Brisbane Road and knows he side wil be up for the challenge that awaits them on Tuesday night. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comwe are looking forward to it obviously, we’re hoping that they might be thinking “oh, a long trip to Gateshead and might not be up for it” He added “we’ll be expecting a tough game again but we’re delighted considering we were 3-0 down to still be in the competition”

Team News

Leyton Orient will have to assess whether midfielder James Brophy (illness) and defender Dan Happe (food poisoning) will be fit to travel.  . George Elokobi and Jobi McAnuff missed the first tie and are set to miss Tuesday’s trip north. Sam Ling, Dan Holman and Nathan Mavilla are remain cup tied.

Gateshead will have Nathan Fyfield available after suspension while striker Daniel Johnson will be looking for a start after netting twice from the bench on Saturday. Only Ben Fox is ruled out after being cup tied

Prediction – Gateshead 1-2 Leyton Orient 

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“We Need To Take Some Frustration in to React”

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson highlights that his side should take some frustration out on Dover Athletic when they travel to the Crabble tomorrow. The O’s blew a three goal lead at home to Gateshead last weekend in the FA Trophy and Coulson is aware that his side need to react tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe have to pick ourselves up, it’s football. We need to take some frustration in to react and get a good performance”.

  • Sit 16th on 42 points – eight above relegation zone
  • Unbeaten in their last six – W4  D2
  • Last defeat – 3-2 vs Aldershot, 27/01/2018
  • League Record – P34  W11  D9  L14  F42  A47

Orient cruised into a three goal lead thanks to goals from Josh Koroma, Ebou Adams and Josh Coulson however Gateshead netted three times in 22 minutes to force a replay. Head coach Justin  Edinburgh was very disappointed with the two different sides he saw from his team on Saturday.  Speaking to leytonorient.com Edinburgh stated, “we were in control of the game, we played the best 65 minutes of football certainly here since I’ve been here. But to back that up with probably the worse 20-25 minutes, in terms off complacency we have to accept that”

  • Conceded 30/47 league goals in the first half – including 16/25 away
  • Ten between 1-15 minutes and ten between 31-45 minutes
  • Only five of the 16 conceded under Edinburgh have been in the first half
  • Six of the last seven conceded have been in second half – five in the final 30 minutes of games

The draw with Gateshead ended an unbeaten February for Edinburgh’s men, their first unbeaten month of the season. Edinburgh praised the effort of the players and is determined to start March with a win on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.comI am delighted for the players, credit to the boys they have put the work in and gone out, putting in high quality performances. It is what we have got to match and we are doing that. It’s been a good month but it could have been capped with confirming our semi final spot but we are still in the draw”.

  • Away League Record – P17  W6  D4  L7  F18  A25
  • Unbeaten in their last eight – W7  D1
  • Last defeat – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/2017
  • Back to back 1-0 wins at AFC Fylde and Chester
  • Won last five in a row (including extra time win at Bognor)

With the weather playing havoc across the country, Orient’s replay with Gateshead was postponed in midweek and rearranged for next Tuesday. The backlog of fixtures means Orient will have a busy end to the season but Coulson loves the buzz of playing games, “there is a lot of games coming up, I love that, it is what we want to play in. Having a big squad helps, it is evitable we will pick up knocks and injuries and it is good to have healthy competition“.  


Busy March

Orient’s Run of Games till Easter


A worry for the O’s is, it was the second time in a month they blew a three goal lead after cruising in a match after almost blowing their lead against Dover in early March. Coulson acknowledges that is side will know what to expect when they arrive at the Crabble tomorrow, “it will much the same, we all know what happened there, it wasn’t good, we will look to put that right as well and hopefully it will comfortable”

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (six away)
  • Kept two in their last three – including their last two away games
  • Kept four in their last five away games
  • Kept four in ten games in 2018 and six in 16 games under Edinburgh

With little chance of training outside, Edinburgh highlighted how annoying the big freeze has been but ensures that the players will be ready when they set foot on the pitch on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com it has been extremely disruptive, we have kept the players ticking over in the gym and we have prepared the best we can. We go there full of confidence hoping to record more points which keeps us moving up the table”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games – (five away)
  • Scored in their last eight games
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/2018
  • Scored two or more in five of their last eight games
  • Scored in seven of their last eight away games

Dover Athletic head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 3-1 defeat away at AFC Fylde, their fourth defeat in their last five. Mitch Pinnock had put them ahead but three goals in the last 22 minutes from Danny Rowe, Serhat Tasdemir and James Hardy helped Fylde to victory.

  • Sit 9th on 54 points – one point outside play offs
  • League Record – P35  W14  D12  L9  F47  A33
  • Form in last six – W2  L4
  • Only Wrexham (29) have conceded fewer goals

Despite taking the lead at Mill Farm last weekend, Dover were unable to hold onto the lead and manager Chris Kinnear was disappointed with how is side played once they had the advantage. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk once we got the goal, the game died down a bit, but we were guilty of trying to play too much. We gave the ball away and you can’t do that”.

  • Kept 13 clean sheets in league (seven at home)
  • Kept just one in last ten
  • Kept one in last six home games
  • Conceded two or more in seven of last ten games

Kinnear felt his side overplaying when in possession cost his side a result at Fylde and understands that his side need to learn how to see games out, “the players need to learn, once we get one nil up, you can’t over play. The conditions weren’t the best but it’s the same for both teams, the pitch was more of an issue for the way we like to play”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games (four at home)
  • Scored in last three games
  • Scored in nine of last ten games
  • Only failed to score 0-1 vs Sutton, 10/02/2018
  • Scored in five of last six at home
  • Scored two or more in 11 of last 16 games

Kinnear’s men are in a battle for what looks like one play off spot and the 63 year old knows that his side have the ability to finish in the top seven. Speaking to doverathletic.com we’ve just got to move on, there is a long way to go still, you can go on a run”

  • Home League Record – P18  W8  D5  L5  F25  A14
  • Joint Best defence with Wrexham
  • Won three of last five at home , lost other two
  • Last win 1-0 vs Dagenham, 20/02/2018
  • Conceded in six of last eight at home

It will be the third meeting between the sides this season and assistant manager Jake Leberl stated to kentonline.co.uk “they have been tight games with Leyton Orient, they were 3-0 up in the trophy game, we got back but lost 4-3″. He added “we know each other very well and there won’t be any surprises, it will be a good game and hopefully a good crowd”.

  • Scored 28/47 league goals in second half
  • Scored 14 in final 15 minutes of games – gaining eight points this season
  • Conceded 22/33 league goals in second half
  • Eight of their last 11 have been in second half

Team News

Leyton Orient have doubt over midfielder Jobi McAnuff and defender George Elokobi but midfielder Ebou Adams is fit to play after picking up an injury last weekend. Dan Holman is expected to return after missing the trophy game due to being cup tied. Marvin Ekpiteta has been recalled from his loan spell his at East Thurrock and could be involved.

Dover are expected to have recent signings Kevin Lokko and Ade Azeez in their squad after their moves from Dagenham and Cambridge. Mitch Pinnock will hoping to add to his five goals in his last five games on Saturday. 

Prediction – Dover Athletic 1-3 Leyton Orient

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“We’re a Team Full of Confidence”

Leyton Orient defender Dan Happe is confident his side will progress to the semi finals of the FA Trophy on Saturday. The O’s host Gateshead in the Quarter Finals and the Orient youngster is keen for his side to keeping their momentum going. Speaking to leytonorient.com it will be a tough game, both teams will be proper up for it, I reckon we can come out on top. We’re a team full of confidence and we want to push on to the semi’s”.

  • 15th in National League
  • Form in last six – W4  D1  L1
  • Only lost three of 15 games under Justin Edinburgh – W9  D3  L3
  • Last defeat – 3-2 vs Aldershot, 27/01/18

Orient extended their unbeaten run to five games with a second consecutive 1-0 away win on Tuesday. James Brophy’s second half header saw Orient leave Chester with all three points. Head coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted with the result, speaking to leytonorient.com it’s another fantastic away performance, really assured, credit to the players, their was a phenomenal work rate tonight and we were always a threat”

  • Orient have scored eight in three trophy games this season
  • Orient have scored in five of their six cup games this season – only failing vs Dagenham & Rebridge, FA Cup, 14/11/17
  • 16 of the 23 goals scored under Edinburgh have been in second half
  • 20 of the last 28 goals scored by Orient have been in the second half

Brophy’s goal at Chester was his first in 18 months and first for Orient after his January move from Swindon. The 23 year old has started the last three games and is hoping that his side can end the season on a high but knows that they need to stick to what they have been doing. Speaking to leytonorient.com we are looking forward to it, we need to keep it going, maintain our commitment, discipline and make sure in both boxes we are doing everything we can”.

  • Orient have failed to score in 11 games this season
  • Scored in last seven games (only one in each of their last three)
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/18
  • Scored in three of their last five home games

Happe made his 23 appearance of the season on Tuesday after an injury to fellow defender George Elokobi in the warm up. Head Coach Edinburgh praised the youngster after being called up at such short notice. Speaking to BBC Londoncredit to Dan Happe, he had six or seven minutes to prepare and I think it showed in the first five to ten minutes. But he showed great maturity to work his way back in and played a huge part in the back five, keeping a clean sheet”.

  • Kept back to back clean sheets for the third time in 15 games
  • Kept 11 clean sheets this season (four at home)
  • Kept two in last five at home
  • No Clean sheet in the FA Trophy this season
  • Conceded four in last two home games

Saturday’s trophy game will be Orient’s first at home this season after playing the first three rounds away from home. Assistant manager Ross Embleton is aware that after two victories on the road, his side need to continue the run at home. Speaking to leytonorient.com every game at home is exciting as we know the fans will come in their numbers. The backing we have had all season has been fantastic, particularly when on a good run and it helps to build belief around the stadium”.

  • Home Record this season – P18  W6  D5  L7  F25  A22
  • No win in last four – D2  L2
  • Two wins in last six (4-1 vs Sutton, 2-0 vs Dagenham & Redbridge)
  • Last win on Boxing Day, 2-0
  • Only three wins since 3rd September, W3  D4  L7

The O’s nearly blew a three goal lead at Dover in the previous round and Embleton revealed that the manner of the winning goal has built the competition up more for his side. “We moved from a comfortable position to a nail-biting one. It added excitement in the way we scored and it built it right up” said Embleton. However the 36 year highlights the need to control it and be professional. We want it to be exciting but the most important thing is to win and be in the draw for the semi”.


Orent route to quarters

Orient’s route to Quarter Finals


Gateshead arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-1 away draw at Barrow on Tuesday night. Jordan Preston earned the ten man Heed army a point with ten minutes to go after Luke James put the hosts ahead from the spot in the first half; Jamal Fyfield received a second caution early in the second half.

  • 13th in National League
  • One win in last four – W1  D1  L2
  • Last win – 1-0 away to Guiseley, 13/02/2018
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2

Manager Steve Watson was disappointed with his side falling behind at Barrow but credited the response that his side gave in earning a point. Despite being reduced to ten men, Watson felt his side could have won the game and highlights they need to take that into Saturday. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “I’m delighted with a point, well earned and well deserved. We need to take all the positives out of the second half, the energy levels were fantastic and take it into Saturday to get into the semi finals”.

  • Away Record this season – P19  W5  D9  L5  F26  A23
  • One loss in last 11 on their travels – W4  D6  L1
  • Last loss – 2-1 vs Boreham Wood, 17/02/18
  • Drew six of their last nine – four finishing 1-1
  • Won one of last four – 1-0 vs Guiseley

Striker Jordan Burrow won the trophy back in 2016 with Halifax and the 25 year old knows that after beating Orient away in the league back in October, there is no reason why they can’t do it again. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comit will be tough but it’s one we are looking forward to and one I think we can do well in. It’s the old cliché of we have to take things a game at a time and it’s probably the hardest draw we could of got. But it’s one if we win there is no reason why we can’t go all the way”.

  • Failed to score in nine games this season
  • Scored in their last six
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Wrexham, 30/01/18
  • Only failed once in their last 12 games
  • Scored in their last 12 away games and 15 of their last 16
  • Last failed 0-0 vs Fylde, 03/10/17

Watson was appointed back in October after Neil Aspin left to go to Port Vale. The win at Orient was his first as manager but the former Newcastle man knows that they will provide a very different test for his side. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comThere is a lot of hard work to do against a very good side that have picked up a lot. They’ve just had two very good away wins, two clean sheets and it will be very tough but one we are looking forward to”.

  • Record since Watson took over – P26  W9  D11  L6
  • Only lost two away games since 10th October

Watson was assistant at Macclesfield last season when they reached the trophy final only to lose to York City. The 43 year old explains that no player should need any motivation when there is an opportunity to play at Wembley in the offering. “As players not many get the chance to go. It’s a great chance and the goal for our lads, it is something to remember for the rest of our lives” said Watson.

  • Kept 14 clean sheets this season (five away)
  • Kept two in their last five
  • Last Clean sheet vs Guiseley
  • Only kept one in their last nine away games
  • Only kept one in their five trophy games this season


Gateshead trophy run history

Gateshead’s last seven season in Trophy


Gateshead have not made it easy for themselves in the trophy this season, not winning a tie inside 90 minutes. Striker Burrow is hoping his side can show more of the resilience that has seen them reach the quarter finals for the second time in three seasons. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.comwe’ve been behind in a lot of games so far and managed to salvage something or force a replay. Hopefully we can get the game finished inside 90 on Saturday, if needs be then we’ll bring them back to our stadium”.


gateshead route to quarter

Gateshead’s route to the Quarter Finals


Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the trio of Dan Holman, Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla who are all cup tied. Midfielder Jobi McAnuff remains a doubt after missing the last two ames with a shoulder injury while George Elokobi is doubt with a hamstring injury.

Jamal Fyfield is suspended after being sent off at Barrow in midweek while Ben Fox is cup tied. There are doubts over defenders Frazer Kerr and Neil Byrne after they missed the draw at Barrow.

Previous Meeting – 24/10/17 – Leyton Orient 0-2 Gateshead 

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Gateshead

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“When You Are Winning Games, You Just Want the Next One to Come”

Leyton Orient striker Dan Holman insists that his side want the games to keep on coming while they are winning. The O’s extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-0 away victory at AFC Fylde on Saturday courtesy of Macauley Bonne’s first half penalty. Ahead of their trip to Chester tomorrow, Holman stated to leytonorient.com when you are winning games, you just want that next one to come. We go in positive and with confidence to go and get another result”.

  • Sit 16th on 39 points  – six points above relegation zone
  • Form in last six – W2  D3  L1
  • Last defeat – 3-2 vs Aldershot, 23/01/18
  • League Record – P33  W10  D9  L14  F41  A47

Orient continue to improve under head coach Justin Edinburgh and the former Newport man was thrilled with another three points. Speaking to BBC LondonI’m delighted, I thought we were worthy of the three points, I thought we were aggressive, controlled and looked a real threat on the counter”.

  • 21 of Orient’s 39 points have come against the bottom half – P14  W6 D3  L5
  • Orient have lost both away games played against the current bottom four – (3-0 vs Torquay, 1-0 vs Solihull Moors)

Orient were rarely put under pressure at Fylde with Holman crediting the defence for providing a stable base for his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com the defence did brilliantly and we got the three points. We all performed well and did a job. We have got to do that away from home, be solid and get wins”.

  • Kept eight league clean sheets (five away)
  • First clean sheet in six on Saturday
  • First clean sheet in four away from home (three in last six)
  • Three clean sheets in last four away league games

With another away game on Tuesday, Edinburgh is keen for his to continue their good form on the road. The O’s are unbeaten in their last seven on their travels with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.com we spoke to the players about how we have not been beaten since my first game in charge. We take great belief in performing and managing games very well picking up some victories along the way”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W5  D4  L7  F17  A25
  • Last defeat – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/18
  • Three wins in a row (90 mins) for first time since January/ February 2016 
  • Won three of last four away

In recent games, Orient have looked a real threat in attack with Holman and  Bonne’s partnership continuing to grow. Backed up wingers, Josh Koroma and James Brophy, Orient should have scored more on Saturday as they created numerous chances in the second half. Edinburgh highlighted to BBC London the missed chances could have cost his team, “on a another day they might have come back to haunt us with the last block we had to do at the end. We are getting better all the time”

  • Failed to score in ten league games (five away)
  • Scored in last six – scoring 12 in total
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/18
  • Scored in six of their last seven away games
  • Scored two or more in three of last four away games

Competition for places is fierce at Leyton Orient with Justin Edinburgh naming the same side for their past two games. Holman joined on loan from Cheltenham in January and is fully aware that everyone has to fight for the shirt, “competition is there 100%, day in and day out in training. It’s intense, everyone wants a place and when you have got competition, you have got to perform”.

  • Conceded 30/47 league goals in first half (16/25 away) – second worse behind Chester and Guiseley (31) 
  • Only five of 13 goals conceded under Edinburgh have been in first half
  • 24/41 league goals scored have been in second half but 10/17 away in first half
  • 15 of 22 under Edinburgh and 19 of the last 27 goals scored been in second half

Chester host Orient after picking up their first victory in seven games on Saturday with a 3-1 home win over Eastleigh. Ross Hannah’s double and a James Akinunde strike help boost Chester survival hopes.

  • Sit 22nd on 30 points
  • Form in last six – W1  D1  L4 
  • Only three league wins in last 17 games – W3  D6  L8
  • League Record – P33  W6  D12  L15  F30  A53

In a testing last month for Marcus Bignot’s men the victory finally gave them a win at home . With the threat of having to find £50,000 to get them through till the end of the season, Bignot was delighted for the home fans. Speaking to National League Paper, “considering what has gone on in the recent days, I am overjoyed with the performance that the boys gave us. Every one of them played their part in this victory and the commitment and heart shown was extremely impressive”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W4  D4  L8  F16  A25
  • 3rd worse record in league, only Torquay (14) and Guiseley (13) taken fewer points at home
  • First home win since 9th December – W1  D2  L2 

With all of the off field problems going on, Bignot was happy that the talking was done on the pitch by his side. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.uk today was about these players who went out on the pitch and put in the performance and got a superb result against a very good team”.

  • Kept five league clean sheets (joint lowest in league)
  • No clean sheet in last seven
  • Last clean sheet 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet, 06/01/18
  • No clean sheet in last five home games
  • Just one clean sheet in last 11 home games – (1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 09/12/17)

Sitting five points from safety, Bignot knows the importance of backing up Saturday’s win on Tuesday when Orient visit. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.ukwe haven’t had back to back yet, when we do, it will change the whole complexion of the league table”. The former Grimsby man is fully aware of the task if his side are to beat to the drop but with 13 games to go, “we are in a mini league now. February, March and April is the business end now, if we get on our run now we will defy the odds. We have a group of players and a manager who believe we can”.

  • Have not won back to back games since December 2016 – 2-1 vs Witton FA Trophy and 2-0 vs Aldershot League

Midfielder Dominic Vose joined Chester last week on non contract terms and the 24 year old was delighted to get back playing. It was only Vose’s second start of the season after finding it hard to force his way into the first team at Bromley. Speaking to chesterfc.com I haven’t played all season and I enjoyed being back out there. It’s been up and down, there was just a switch in my head, go and play football till the end of the season. I had a good conversation with the gaffer and we would help each other”.

  • 2nd Lowest scorers in League, only Guiseley have scored fewer
  • Failed to score in 13 league games
  • Scored for first time in three games on Saturday
  • Scored in last three home games and five of their last six
  • Only scored two or more goals eight times this season, – first time in 12 games on Saturday

Vose capped his first start since 2nd December assisting Akintunde’s goal in stoppage time. The former Grimsby man now knows his side have to go into Orient with some momentum, “we have got to be confident going into Tuesday and Leyton Orient. It’s all about us, we can’t worry about them or who they are. They are coming to our gaff, we have got to be strong and have quality going forward”.

  • Conceded 31/53 league goals in first half (15/25 home) – joint most in league
  • Their last five conceded and seven of their last nine have been in first half
  • Scored 18/30 (9/16 home) league goals in second half 
  • Six of their last nine and four of their last six home goals have been scored in second half

Team News

Leyton Orient named an unchanged squad on Saturday in their victory at AFC Fylde, with Jobi McAnuff (shoulder) and Myles Judd (neck) still out through injury. Recent signings Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla await to make their debuts.

Midfielder Dominic Vose is expected to start after impressing in his first appearance for the club. Striker Ross Hannah will be hoping to add to his eight league goals this season while Myles Anderson and Jordan Gough are struggling with injury.

Head to Head – Orient 13, Draw 8, Chester 10

Last meeting – 21/11/2017 – Leyton Orient 2-2 Chester 

  • Orient have scored in 11 of the last 12 meetings between sides


Chester H2H

The Last 8 meetings between the sides

  • Orient are unbeaten in their last 7 trips to Chester – W4  D3 – last losing back in 1995


Chester h2h away

Orient’s last 8 trips to Chester

Prediction – Chester 1-3 Leyton Orient



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“We Need to Make That Gap as Big as We Can”

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.comit 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 

Heavy fixture load

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 LondonI 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

fylde points in last 10              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
Points needed for 7th Fylde

Points to finish 7th 

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

Team News

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

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“We Can’t Afford to Keep Relying on the Front Players to Score Goals”

Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton highlights the need for his side to improve defensively. The O’s blew a three goal lead away at Dover last weekend but had to be thankful to a David Mooney strike in added time to win the game. Embleton spoke to leytonorient.com statingwe have got to make sure we see the game out, we can’t afford to give three goals away in the manner we did”.

  • 17th on 35 points – five above relegation zone
  • Three wins in the last four
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1
  • League Record – P31  W9  D8  L14  F39  A46

George Elokobi, MacAuley Bonne and Matt Harrold put Orient three up at Dover before they pulled three goals back. Striker David Mooney grabbed his first goal since October to give Orient back to back wins for the first time in 2018. 

  • Seven of their nine league wins have been by two or more goals
  • Orient have only won two of their 17 games against the current top half in National League
  • Both wins came at home (2-0 vs Dagenham, 4-1 vs Sutton United)

Orient dominated for large spells but nearly ruined all their hard work in the last ten minutes, which left head coach Justin Edinburgh with mixed emotions. Speaking to BBC London it was a frustrating afternoon, some of the finishing was exquisite, on the flip side the way we allowed such a comfortable performance nearly overshadowed it”. He added “I am delighted with the result for long periods of the game it was the best we’ve played since I’ve been here but lapses of concentration nearly cost us”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W5  D4  L7  F23  A21
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Two wins in their last nine –  W2  D3  L4
  • Last win 2-0 vs Dagenham, 26/12/17
  • Only won three home games since the start of September – 13 games

Edinburgh’s arrival in November coincided with their improvement defensively, conceding just four goals in his first eight games in charge. But with the O’s conceding seven in their last three games, Embleton is very aware that his side need to stop the goals going in. Speaking to leytonorient.com we can’t afford to keep relying on the front players to score goals. We missed a number of chances which would have helped take some pressure of backline”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (three at home)
  • No clean sheet in last four games
  • Kept two in their last four home games
  • Last Clean sheet – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/2018
  • Kept four in 12 games under Edinburgh

With Sam Ling signing in midweek, it is another player which adds competition to the already strong squad. All three strikers available last weekend scored for the O’s and head coach Edinburgh is fully aware that he will have to make tough decisions. Speaking to BBC London, there are real decision for me to make, as a manger it is what you want. The competition is very strong now”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games (five at home)
  • Scored at least two goals in their last four games
  • Only scored in one of their last three home games
  • Scored in last two league games but failed to score in three of last five

The O’s lost 2-1 at Tranmere earlier in the season and Embleton revealed to leytonorient.com that he was impressed by Micky Mellon’s outfit. “There have been one or two teams I have looked at this season who I felt were strong teams in the league and Tranmere were certainly one of them He added “I felt we underperformed in the away game, we had a number of opportunities to get some points from the game”.

  • Conceded 29/46 league goals in first half
  • The joint most in league alongside Chester
  • Have conceded 12 between minutes 31-45 
  • Only Guiseley and Chester (14) have conceded more in that period
  • Only four of the 12 conceded under Edinburgh have come in first hlf

Despite Tranmere only winning three of their opening 12 league games, Embleton is aware how their form has improved as the season has progressed, “they had a sloppy, slow start to the season but they are now in a good position in the league”. He added “it is important we respect what they are about, we feel they are well equipped for the division but we have looked and identified the key elements to give us a chance to win the game”.

  • Have scored 23/39 league goals in second half
  • 16/23 home league goals have been in the second half
  • 14/20 scored under Edinburgh have come in second half
  • 18 of the last 25 goals scored have been in the second half

Tranmere arrive in E10 on the back of their third win in four games which moved them to within two points of leaders Wrexham. Andy Cook sent them on their way opening the scoring against Ebbsfleet before James Norwood netted a brace to see Rovers cement their place in the promotion hunt.

  • Sit 4th on 54 points
  • Unbeaten in last five, one loss in last nine
  • One loss in last 12 league games – W8 D3  L1
  • League Record – P32  W15  D9  L8  F51  A30

With only two of the top eight playing last weekend, Mellon was delighted that his team were able to get themselves right into the mix. Speaking to tranmererovers.co.ukI am really pleased to get the result, delighted to score goals and keep a clean sheet at home”. He added “it was an opportunity for us to close in at the top end of the league, it brings a bit of pressure but to play the way we did, I am really pleased with it”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W4  D7  L5  F16  A18
  • One win in last four – W1  D2  L1
  • Only lost one of their last five – 5-2 vs Fylde, 01/01/18
  • 35% of league points come away
  • Scored in nine of their last ten away league games
  • Last failed to score – 1-0 vs Gateshead, 18/11/17

Striker James Norwood’s two goals saw him achieve 50 goals for Tranmere and the striker was quick to praise the whole side for the win. Speaking to tranmererovers.co,uk from front to back, I thought we were superb, the clean sheet is massive for us. Everyone was brilliant and we ticked over really well which made it quite comfortable for ourselves”.

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets (six away)
  • Only Wrexham (18) have kept more clean sheets in league
  • Kept two in their last four
  • Only kept one in their last 12 away games (1-0 vs Woking, 13/01/18)
  • Kept five in their first seven away games of season, just one in last nine

With both Andy Cook and Norwood netting last weekend, it was the sixth game in their last seven where one of them had found the net. Norwood was delighted that partnership keeps on building, “we get on really well, we travel in together and we have had a run of games now where we are pretty confident we’re going to play together”. He added “we are building that partnership and it is working well at the minute so we will keep working and hopefully keep scoring”.

  • Norwood (13) and Cook (13) have scored 51% of their league goals
  • The pair have scored nine of their last 16 league goals
  • Scored 27/51 league goals in the second half – including 15 in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Only Dagenham (16) have scored more in that period
  • Six of their last 12 goals have been scored in second half

Rovers were eight points off the lead at the start of 2018 and Mellon highlighted that now promotion is up for grabs his side need to keep performing as they are. “It is about making sure we turn up and do our jobs, we are pleased to get into the position to attack and have a chance to win the prize”. He added “there is still a lot to be done, there are big games to be played for all the teams up there”.

  • Third highest scorers in league, behind Bromley (53) and Fylde (56)
  • Failed to score in ten league games (six away)
  • Have scored in their last nine games – scoring two or more in seven of them
  • Last failed to score 2-0 vs Solihull, 18/12/17
  • Scored in last 12 national league games 

Mellon has faced Edinburgh three times in the last three years in league fixtures and is aware of what to expect in tomorrow’s trip to London. Mellon, “he is a good manager, one I know very well, he will get them going I have no doubt about that. He has a way of playing and knows these levels very well, it will be a tough game”. Mellon thinks that despite Orient’s league position they will find form, “they are a good, massive club and at some stage they will hit a winning streak”.

  • Only Macclesfield (982) have led for more minutes than Tranmere (962) in the National League
  • Record against bottom half – P17  W10  D5  L2  F29  A10 (both losses away)
  • Unbeaten against bottom ten – W9  D5 (away W2  D4)

Team News

Leyton Orient welcome back Alex Lawless from suspension and Dan Holman after he was cup tied in the FA Trophy last weekend. New signing Sam Ling is available after joining from Dagenham & Redbridge in midweek. James Dayton is out for the season while Charlie Lee continues his rehabilitation.

Embleton on squad “the squad looks very strong, the starting 11 is going to be very strong along with the bench, one or two players will miss out”

Tranmere’s Adam Buxton is a major doubt for tomorrow’s clash after missing this week’s training due to a calf injury. James Wallace will miss the trip after picking up a groin injury in midweek. Midfielder Ben Tollitt scored in midweek in a behind closed door friendly and will be included within the squad.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 15, Draw  7, Tranmere Rovers 17 

Last meeting – 04/10/17 – Tranmere 2-1 Leyton Orient


Orient vs TRanmere h2h

Last 11 meetings between sides

  • There has been at least three goals in four of the last five meetings
  • Orient have won the last two meetings at Brisbane Road and three of the last four
  • Tranmere last won at Brisbane back in 2011 – 1-0 win

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Tranmere Rovers


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