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

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

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

Route to Semi Final

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

Telford's Last 6 Results

Telford’s Last Six Results

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

Telford 7th before Orient

Telford in National League North

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

Telford last 10 seasons

Telford’s Last Ten Seasons in Trophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Telford vs FC United

Starting 11 vs FC United Of Manchester

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Telford

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“We Need Everything We Have To Get a Result”

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

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

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

Aldershot last 6

Aldershot’s Last Six Results

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

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

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

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

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

ALdershot at Orient in Nov

Aldershot formation at Orient back in November

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Aldershot H2H

The Last Seven Meetings Between the Sides

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

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

ALdershot away Barrow

Starting 11 vs Barrow

Prediction – Aldershot 0-2 Leyton Orient

 

 

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“You Have To Embrace These Big Games”

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

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

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

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

The Last 10 Meetings Between Sides

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

Orient at Havant

Starting 11 vs Barrow

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Wrexham

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“We Will Go There Full of Confidence”

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

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

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

Wrexham's Last 6 Results

Wrexham’s Last Six Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tight at the top

Top Seven in National League

Team News

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

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

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

The Last Ten Meetings Between Sides

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

Wrexham vs Chesterfield

Starting 11 vs Chesterfield

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Wrexham

 

 

 

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“We Fancy Ourselves Against Anyone In This League”

Barrow striker Jacob Blyth is relishing the visit of promotion contenders Leyton Orient tonight. The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last three home games against the top five and Blyth is excited about the challenge of Orient. Speaking to nwemail.co.uk we fancy ourselves against anyone in this league – we feel we can beat everyone so it’s one we are looing forward to”.

  • Sit 12th on 46 points 
  • One win in last eight games – W1  D5  L2
  • League Record – P35  W12  D10  L13  F35  A38
Barrow home vs top

Barrow’s Last Three Home Games against Top Five

Barrow will be looking to bounce back from their firs defeat in six games after a 3-1 away loss at Barnet on Saturday. Goals from Elliot Johnson, Shaquile Coulthirst and a Dan Jones own goal gave the Bees the points before Kyle Jameson grabbed a consolation goal late on. Manager Ian Evatt was left disappointed by his sides start at Barnet stating to barrowafc.co.uk anyone can play when you’re 3-0 nil down, it’s easy to step up to the plate then with nothing to lose, it has to be from minute one. It wasn’t acceptable”.

Barrow last 5

Barrow’s Last Six Results

The Bluebirds scored only their third goal of 2019 on Saturday and Blyth highlights that the side will hope to build on the ending of the game on Saturday. Blyth who has not found the net since December 29th stated to nwemail.co.uk we’ve just got to start making better decisions in the final third, myself included and hopefully it will click soon. We’ll dust ourselves off and get ready for Tuesday”.

  • Scored 21/35 league goals in second half
  • Scored 19 in final 30 minutes of matches
  • Seven of their last nine goals have been in second period
  • Conceded 25/38 in second period
  • Ten have been conceded between 46-60 minutes

Evatt’s side have prided themselves on their recent defensive record conceding just seven goals in 2019. Saturday’s defeat to Barnet was the first time since early January they conceded more than once but Evatt was quick not to be too harsh o his side. Speaking to barrowafc.co.uk we didn’t defend well enough today, the three goals were sloppy and were poor goals to concede. It’s hard for me to have a go at them when they’ve kept 11 clean sheets in 14 games so today is so unlike us” He added “sometimes when the defenders are having a bad time the strikers need to step up to the plate and bail them out”. 

  • Kept 15 league clean sheets (seven at home)
  • Only Solihull (16) and Wrexham (19) have kept more
  • Kept two in last three games
  • Kept five in their last eight games

Barrow’s major problem has been the lack of goals by the side with only five teams scoring few than them in the league. Evatt feels his side should be higher than their position suggests but understands that will start to come when his side starts to find the back of the net. Speaking to nwemail.co.uk I see the other teams in the league and we’ve beaten most of the teams in the top six. We have to be more ruthless in both boxes. We have to start putting teams to the sword, it’s not through the lack of creating chances or opportunities. It’s just our final decision isn’t good enough at the moment”.

  • Failed to score in 13 league games (six at home)
  • Scored in three of their last four games
  • Had three 0-0 draws in their last six games

Despite only their second defeat in the their last 11 games on Saturday, Evatt knows his side have the perfect opportunity to respond tonight against the O’s. The 37 year old has only lost one of his five meetings against Orient stated to nwemail.co.uk The best part about it is that we’ve got another game, a difficult game against Leyton Orient, a game to get the firing again. Hopefully we can take our chances”.

  • Home League Record – P17  W7  D5  L5  F19  A17
  • Unbeaten in last five games – W1  D4
  • Only lost one of their last eight – W2  D5  L1 
  • Unbeaten in last seven league games – W2  D5
  • Five of their seven home wins have been by one goal

Team News

Defender Jack Barthram is a doubt with concussion while Jason Taylor and Sam Hird remain suspended. Brian Wilson, Josh Granite and Rhys Norrington-Davies are out injured. On loan midfielder Lewis Hardcastle should continue in the starting 11.

Head to Head – Barrow 3, Draw 3, Leyton Orient 4

  • Both sides have scored in all three National League games
  • Barrow are winless in the last seven meetings between sides – D3  L4
  • Barrow are winless in the last three home games -D2  L1
  • Barrow have conceded at least twice in the past five meetings
Barrow H2H

The Last Eight Meetings

Last Time Out – 02/03/2019 – Barnet 3-1 Barrow

Barrow at Barnet

Starting 11 vs Barrow

Prediction – Barrow 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“We’re Really Excited for the Next Two Months of the Season”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is relishing the promotion battle at the top of the National League. The O’s head to Barrow tonight looking to take advantage of their game in hand on their promotion rivals ahead of their crunch clash with leaders Wrexham on Saturday.

  • Sit 3rd on 64 points – five behind leaders Wrexham
  • League Record – P34  W18  D10  L6  F55  A25
  • Lost just one of their last six games – W4  D1  L1

Edinburgh is in his second season at the Breyer Group Stadium and at this time last year the season has ended after defeat away at Gateshead in the FA Trophy. With both the league and trophy in their grasps the 43 year old wants his side to enjoy their journey. Speaking ahead of their trip to Barrow to leytonorient.com let’s enjoy the ride, I’d rather be in the position we are in now than waiting for the season to finish. There is so much to play for, we’re really excited for the next two months of the season”.

Title Race pre Barrow

Tight at the Top

The O’s made it back to back wins after a 2-1 victory at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. Josh Coulson’s header sealed their first away league victory since November after Jordan Maguire-Drew’s strike was cancelled out by Alfie Rutherford. Edinburgh was relieved to see three points again, speaking to leytonorient.com it was needed to get back to winning ways in the league. It was a tough place to come and a hard fought victory. It was a valuable three points today and one we’re delighted for”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Edinburgh started with a back three for only the second time this season at Havant & Waterlooville with the return for Marvin Ekpiteta and Josh Coulson. The O’s struggled with a back three earlier in the season but the former Newport manager like the change of system. Speaking to leytonorient.com we needed to get our best players in the team, three center backs are all back, Josh and Marv are now fit while Dan Happe’s been immense since he’s come in, there was no chance I was leaving him out. I thought we looked good for periods today, I liked the shape we won the game and I liked what I saw”

  • Kept 14 league clean sheets (five away)
  • Joint best defensive record in league – conceded just 25 goals
  • No clean sheet in last four
  • Two in last six games – last (2/2/19 – Orient 1-0 Blyth Spartans)
  • Kept just on in last six league games

Midfielder Jordan Maguire-Drew continued his recent good from grabbing his second goal for the club. The 21 year old was played in a more central role at Havant and is starting to have an impact on games. Speaking to leytonorient.com I am just starting to find my feet and show the fans what I can do. I want to keep this spot and we want to start a winning run now and hopefully we can take that into Tuesday against Barrow and go from there”.

  • Maguire-Drew has been involved in two of Orient last three goals
  • Maguire -Drew been involved in 3 of Orient’s ten goals since his debut

The O’s had to battle to grab the three points on Saturday and Maguire-Drew highlights his side will have to do the ugly side of the game to maintain their challenge at the top of the table. Speaking to leytonorient.com at times we do have to scrap and we do have to fight because it’s not always going to be pretty football. We just wanted to get three points and get back on the road on Tuesday and do the same”.

  • Away League Record – P17  W8  D6  L3  F26  A14
  • Best Defensive Record
  • Back to back away wins first time since November
  • Unbeaten in last three games
  • Only lost one in last six games – W3  D2  L1

It is a crucial week for Orient who with a win tonight can go within two points of leaders Wrexham ahead of their televised clash on Saturday. After leading the league for three months of the season, the O’s are now the chasers but Edinburgh explains they can only affect what they do. Speaking to leytonorient.com I have always said, as long as it is our own hands that’s all we can do. What anyone else does, we can’t affect. All we can affect is us, today was the most important one, we won that, the attention on focus goes to Barrow”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games – (three away)
  • Scored in five of their last six games
  • Scored in last three away games and four of their last five games
  • Scored two or more in consecutive games for first time since December

Tuesday’s trip to Barrow is the first of five midweek fixtures before the end of the season but with consecutive victories, Maguire-Drew is hoping having a busy fixture list can help his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com when games come thick and fast and we’re notching up the wins, it becomes a habit and that’s what we want”. He added “we have a lot of games in a short space of time so if we can keep that winning mentality and keep being positive with each other and getting positive outcomes, everyone is going to be happy”.

Orient March

Orient’s March Fixtures

Team News

Defender Myles Judd is out with a hamstring injury while Josh Koroma is still returning from injury. Edinburgh could name an unchanged side for the trip to Barrow but Matt Harrold is pushing for a start. Winger James Dayton could return to the squad after recovering from injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 4, Draw 3, Barrow

Last Meeting – 11/08/2018 – Leyton Orient 2-2 Barrow

  • Orient have scored in the past eight meetings between sides
  • Orient are unbeaten in the last six meetings – W3  D3
  • Both teams have scored in all three National League meetings
Barrow H2H

The Last Eight Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 2/3/2019 – Havant & Waterlooville 1-2 Leyton Orient

Orient at Havant

Orient Starting 11 vs Havant & Waterlooville

Prediction – Barrow 1-2 Leyton Orient

 

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“We Need to Go There and Have a Better Mindset”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh has urged his side to start quickly when they visit Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. The O’s travel South to face the relegation threatened Hawks with Edinburgh keen for his side to start on the front foot. Speaking to the O’s Show “we need to go there and have a better mindset. We need to start the game by imposing ourselves and start winning football matches”.

  • Sit 3rd on 61 points – five behind league leaders Wrexham
  • One win in last three games – W1  D1  L1
  • League Record – P33  W17  D10  L6  F53  A24

The O’s head to Westleigh Park after making the FA Trophy Semi Finals with a 2-1 win at Brackley Town last weekend. Second half goals from substitute Matt Harrold and Daniel Happe sent the O’s through after Lee Ndlovu had put Brackley ahead in the first half.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient were second best in the first half and could have found themselves more than one behind. Edinburgh was disappointed by the performance but praised his side on getting the result. Speaking to leytonorient.com probably worse performance in any 45 since I’ve been manager. Only positive at half time was only one down and still in the game. Credit to the players and their response second half”.

  • Kept 14 league clean sheets (five away)
  • Best defensive record in league conceding just 24 goals
  • No clean sheet in last three games
  • Two clean sheets in last five games
  • No clean sheet in last three away games

Defender Daniel Happe grabbed his first Orient goal at Brackley and praised the impact of the substitutes. Josh Coulson, Matt Harrold and Jordan Maguire-Drew all made a difference which helped Orient push onto victory. Speaking to leytonorient.comJosh Coulson come on and made a big difference, that’s the sort of player he is. Whoever came on was positive, Jordan done his bits and tricks. Matty popped up with the goal. You’ve always got to be ready on the bench, the lads did that today”.

  • Scored 33/53 league goals in second half (13/24 away)
  • Scored six of their last eight goals have been in second half

The O’s sit five points behind leaders Wrexham but have two games in hand on the Welsh Side. Heading into the crunch time of the season, Edinburgh is hoping to use their come from behind victory at Brackley as a boost for their upcoming fixtures. Speaking to the O’s Show to end the way we did and get the win means we are looking to use that to kick on from here”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W7  D6  L3  F24  A13
  • One win in last three games – W1  D1  L1
  • Last two wins have been in the FA Trophy
  • Taken just two points from last 15 available in league  – no team has taken fewer points in league in that period

Orient’s inconsistent form has coincided with a number of injuries to key players. With Josh Coulson and Marvin Ekpiteta returning at Brackley, the O’s are only waiting on Josh Koroma and James Dayton to return. Edinburgh feels this could be pivotal for the end of season run in,  speaking to the O’s Showit’s very encouraging, slowly but surely we are starting to get a full squad to become available. It will increase competition for places, I certainly feel it give us a boost to the end of the season”.

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

In a serious competitive title race, the O’s haven’t won back to back league games since November. Edinburgh highlights his side will have to regain their winning feeling if they are to maintain their challenge at the top of the league. Speaking to East London Advertiser it will be about which team holds their nerve, we have to find that consistency in our performances to give us a chance”.

  • Orient have only won back to back games twice since November (all competitions)

Orient’s trip to Havant is their first of a hectic March which sees them play eight games which includes a two legged Trophy Semi Final against AFC Telford. Both Orient and Havant will be looking for maximum points on Saturday at differing ends of the table with Edinburgh surprised with how tight the league is this season. Speaking to O’s Showit is a bizarre season for me, normally there are one or two adrift at the top but there are five, six or seven who feel they have an outside chance. Then there is no one cut adrift at the bottom. Havant will be fighting for points as much as we will”.

Orient March

Orient’s March Fixtures

Team News

Striker Josh Koroma and James Dayton are nearing a return to action but are set to miss out the trip to Havant. Marvin Ekpiteta is a doubt after suffering a broken nose last week but defender Josh Coulson could start after making his return off the bench. Joe Widdowson should return to the starting 11 after being rested at Brackley.

Jordan Maguire-Drew and Matt Harrold are both pushing for starts after being involved the come from behind goals at Brackley.

Head to Head One Previous Meeting

27/10/2018 – Leyton Orient 4-0 Havant & Waterlooville 

(Coulson 13, Lewis OG 18, Lee 39, Bonne 59)

Last Time Out – 23/02/2019 – Brackley Town 1-2 Leyton Orient

Orient at Brackley

Starting 11 vs Brackley

Prediction – Brackley 1-3 Leyton Orient

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