“We Don’t Want Our Season Fizzling Out”

FC Halifax Town captain Matty Brown wants his side to have a strong finish to their season. The Shaymen sit comfortably in mid table ahead of their trip to league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday. The 29 year old defender is keen to take some momentum into next season’s campaign. Speaking to halifaxcourier we want to finish as high as we can, we don’t want it to just fizzle out”.

  • Sit 16th on 51 points
  • One win in last five games – W1  D2  L2
  • Only lost two of their last ten games – W4  D4  L2
  • League Record – P41  W11  D18  L12  F35  A36

Jamie Fullarton’s men arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Maidenhead last weekend. A Ayo Obileye penalty 18 minutes from time inflicted their second defeat in their last four games. Fullarton bemoaned his sides performance and felt it was a game too far for his squad. Speaking to FChalifax.com we’re bitterly disappointed. I think the performance also showed a level of apathy. Individually and collectively we let ourselves down. The performance, the events of last week, having two games and the impact of a limited squad”.

Halifax Last 6 results

Last Six Results

Following two positive results against promotion contenders, their performance against Maidenhead was of stark contrast. With their National League status almost confirmed for another season, Brown emphasised the importance returning to their level of performance at Orient on Saturday. Speaking to halifaxcourier people are playing for contracts whether it’s here or elsewhere. There is no comfy slippers on in our dressing room. We reiterate this all the time. Good teams bounce back so hopefully we can. It wasn’t good enough all round last week, it wasn’t like us”.

  • Failed to score in 16 league games (seven away)
  • Only Aldershot and Maidstone have scored fewer goals
  • Failed to score in last two games
  • Scored in five of their last seven games
  • Scored in last four away games

After promotion back to the National League in 2017, The Shaymen should beat last seasons tally in the remaining games. With just five games left of the season, Brown is keen for his side to end the season on a positive note to take into the start of next season. Speaking to halifaxcourier we’ve been on a good run of late and we don’t forget what we’ve done well in past few weeks. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, it would be a shame to see season out in casual fashion. We need to keep applying ourselves and finish strong because it goes into next season”.

  • Kept 18 league clean sheets (six away)
  • Only Wrexham (20) have kept more in the National League
  • Only Leyton Orient, Wrexham and AFC Fylde have conceded fewer league goals
  • Kept two in last three games
  • Conceded just one goal in last 270 minutes of football
  • Kept ten clean sheets in 15 league games in 2019

The Shaymen have competed well against the promotion contenders, losing just two of their 11 games against the current top seven. After beating Solihull Moors just two weeks ago, Jamie Fullarton wouldn’t be surprised if his side pick up a result in the Capital. Speaking to halifaxcourier I don’t think it would be a shock result for us to get something, they’re flying high and they’ve been consistent throughout the season. So we’re not deluded in thinking how difficult it could be. We’ve shown over a reasonable period of time that we’re capable of winning any game against any team in league”.

  • Only scored two or more goals in two of their last 16 league games
  • Scored 25/35 league goals in second half – including 14/16 away goals
  • Have netted 20 goals in final 30 minutes of matches
  • Seven of their last nine goals have been in second half

With a large crowd expected at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday, midfielder Cameron King is keen for his side to match Orient. Halifax have only lost to Salford away from home in the top seven and King wants his side to continue that form. Speaking to Halifaxtown.com it’ll be a tough one, they’re flying and need a win. We had momentum before the last game, so we need to go there and really pic it back up. I feel we do pick ourselves up for big teams and match them, so that’s what we’ll be looking to do”.

  • Away League Record – P20  W4  D8  L8  F16  A26
  • Only three teams have taken fewer points on their travels (Aldershot, Havant and Braintree)
  • No win in last two
  • Won two of their last eight away games – W2  D3  L3
  • Not lost back to back away games since August

Team News

Winger Ben Tomlinson remains out with a quad injury while Michael Duckworth and Niall Maher are also out with muscle injury. Ryan Sellers is set to be out for the rest of the season after seeing a specialist.

Fullarton to Halifaxcourier we’re down to 16 players but other people’s misfortune gives others an opportunity. It’s up to the players to show they merit it in last five games and moving into next season”.

Head to Head – FC Halifax 5, Draw 5, Leyton Orient 11

Includes record before their reformation back in 2008

Halifax h2H

The Last Eight Meetings Between Sides

  • FC Halifax have only won one of the last 13 meetings – W1  D4  L8
  • FC Halifax have only won one of their last seven meetings to Brisbane Road – W1  L6
  • Both teams have scored in last four games

Last Time Out – 30/03/2019 – FC Halifax 0-1 Maidenhead

FC Haliax home Maidenhead (April 19)

Starting 11 vs Maidenhead

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 FC Halifax



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“No One is Going to Roll Over”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh acknowledges there will be no easy games as his side eye up promotion back to the Football League. The O’s travel to Bromley on Tuesday night and need no reminders of what the Ravens are capable of after their 6-1 hammering there last season. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s another tough game, their all difficult in their own way. No one is going to roll over and let us take the points”.

  • Sit 1st on 77 points
  • Eight wins in last nine games
  • Only lost one of their last 13 games – W10  D2  L1
  • League Record – P39  W22  D11  L6  F63  A28

Orient saw their lead cut to just one point on Saturday after a 0-0 draw at Barnet. Despite their winning run ending, Edinburgh was pleased his side earned another point towards their end goal. Speaking to leytonorient.com any point you gain is a valuable one, certainly away from home against a team in form. We are not disappointed, we are very, very pleased with a point today”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last 6 Result

The O’s were on the back foot throughout the first half and had to be thankful to keeper Dean Brill for some key saves. Orient looked more secure in the second half preserving their fantastic defensive record. Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.comDean earned his money today, teams are not going to roll over and let us win game after game. This team is in good form and they will cause a lot of teams problems. We had to see out the storm and we did that. We were a lot better in the second half”.

  • Kept 17 league clean sheets (six away)
  • Back to back clean sheets
  • Three clean sheets in last four games
  • Four clean sheets in last six games
  • One clean sheet in last eight away games

Midfielder Alex Lawless made his first start since February at right wing back in the absence of the injured Jamie Turley. The 34 year was delighted to be back on the pitch after finding his chances limited this season “it was great to be back playing, helping the lads out. I have been chomping at the bit to do so and a thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s what every player wants to do, play. I enjoyed it”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games (four away)
  • Scored in eight of their last nine games
  • Scored in five of their last six league game
  • First away games in six failed to score against Barnet

Saturday’s fixture at Barnet was Orient’s 8th game in 29 days after their FA Trophy run and Edinburgh highlights the heavy workload for his players. Jobi McAnuff was taken off as a precaution on Saturday the former Newport man knows all of his squad will be needed till the end of the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com I don’t think we were at our best, a lot to be asked of the players in a short period of time. We’ve got more to come, but I’m pleased we ground out a clean sheet and a point. The quality of squad we’ve got knows what it is going to take between now and end of season, everyone is going to be counted upon”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s remaining fixtures

The O’s were backed by 1800 away fans at Barnet on Saturday with a large following expected at Hayes Lane on Tuesday. Edinburgh hailed the away following and highlights the extra boost it will give to his side in their run in. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was absolutely incredible, the best it’s been. Vocally and the numbers. If we can maintain that till the end of the season, it will be a huge positive, they are like an extra man”.

  • Away League Record – P20  W10  D7  L3  F31  A17
  • No team in National League taken more points away
  • Unbeaten in last six – W5  D1
  • Unbeaten in last five away league games – W3  D2
  • Only one defeat in last 10 games – W7  D2  L1

Team News

Captain Jobi McAnuff is a doubt after being substituted at half time with a groin injury. Sam Ling resumed training on Monday but won’t be available while Jamie Turley, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Myles Judd all remain out. Matt Harrold will serve the last match of his three game ban. Alex Lawless should keep his place at right wing back.

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

Bromley H2H

The Four Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 30/03/2019 – Barnet 0-0 Leyton Orient

Orient at Barnet

Starting 11 vs Barnet

Prediction – Bromley 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“It’s All Set for a Good Game”

Barnet manager Darren Currie is relishing the visit of league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Bees head into the London Derby unbeaten in their last five games and Currie is hoping his side can continue against the O’s. Speaking to barnetfc.com we’re in a good place at the moment, we’re on the back of good performances and results and we’re looking forward to the game”

  • Sit 16th on 49 points
  • Only lost two of their last eight – W3  D3  L2
  • League Record – P38  W13  D10  L15  F36  A44
  • Not won back to back games since January

The Bees made it back to back home wins on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Aldershot. Second half strikes from Ephron Mason Clark and Shaquile Coulthirst moved them up to 16th. Currie was pleased with his sides result despite not being at their best, speaking to barnetfc.com obviously to keep another clean sheet is important, epitomized by Elliot’s last ditch block there, we want to keep clean sheet’s, it’s so pleasing at the moment. Took two fantastic goals and it’s really pleasing”

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets (six at home)
  • Kept four consecutive clean sheets
  • Not conceded in last 378 minutes of football
  • Kept three in a row at home
  • Only conceded more than one goal in one of their last eight games

It has been a up and down season for the Bees after their relegation from the football league last year. Currie was appointed permanently in January after a spell in temporary charge and was delighted his side found a way to earn victory against Aldershot. Speaking to barnetfc.com we are slowly getting, there are still bit we want to improve on. It’s a great result, the performance not as good. There has been the odd game where we have pieced it all together, at least tonight when performance was not as good as it could have been. We managed to find a way of winning”.

Barnet last 6 games

Barnet’s Last Six Results

Striker Mason Clark grabbed his second goal in his last six games on Tuesday and is loving his time under Currie. The 19 year old has scored all of his goals since Currie took over and feels he is improving under the former Barnet midfielder. Speaking to barnetfc.com on Currie, “with the gaffer, he’s been really good. Especially as he understands the lifestyle of a wide player. So to be working with him day in, day out, it’s helping me to settle at this level”.

  • Third lowest scorers – only Maidstone (30) and Aldershot (31) have scored fewer
  • Failed to score in 14 league games (five at home)
  • Scored in two of last three games
  • Scored in four of their last five home games
  • Only been three goals in last four Barnet games

With the Bees sitting in mid table and 11 points above the relegation zone, they look set to be playing in the fifth tier next season. With nothing seemingly to play for, Currie is looking ahead to the next campaign and is looking for his side to take some momentum into pre season. Speaking to barnetfc.comwe have got to do both, I have got plans going on in my head about pre season and next season. Without taking my eye off the ball for the last eight games. These last eight games, no foot off the pedal we want to win all eight, we want to finish the season strong and carry momentum into pre season”.

  • Only scored two or more goals in two of the last 11 games
  • Scored 19/36 league goals in first half
  • But 14 of their 22 home goals have been in second half
  • Conceded 50% of their goals in final 30 minutes of matches (22/44)

Barnet have already beaten two of the top six at the Hive this season and despite Orient’s form, Currie is looking forward to his side taking on the league leaders. Speaking to barnetfc.com they are a good side, credit to everyone involved there. I know Justin, he’s a good guy and Ross Embleton. They have good people and have had a very good season, got themselves to Trophy Final aswell. We know we are in for a really tough game, they’re a team in good form but so are we, it’s all set for a good game”.

  • Home League Record – P20  W7  D6  L7  F22  A23
  • Won last two home games
  • Unbeaten in last five games – W3  D2
  • One defeat in last seven – W4  D2  L1
  • 55% of their league points collected at home

Head to Head – Barnet 7, Draw 8, Leyton Orient 10

Barnet H2H

The Last Nine Meetings

  • Barnet have won two of the last four meetings – W2  D1  L1
  • Barnet have scored in three of the last four meetings
  • Barnet are unbeaten at the Hive against Orient – W1  D1

Last Time Out – 26/03/2019 – Barnet 2-0 Aldershot

Barnet vs Aldershot

Starting 11 vs Aldershot

Prediction – Barnet 0-1 Leyton Orient





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“It’s the Most Important Bit Now”

Leyton Orient first team Coach Danny Webb has urged his side to continue their winning run when they visit Barnet on Saturday. The O’s made it eight consecutive victories on Tuesday moving two points clear at the top. With just eight games remaining Webb highlights it is important they don’t let up. Speaking to the O’s Showwe carried on the momentum on Tuesday with the atmosphere, we will take well over 1000 to Barnet, we go again. That’s what successful teams do, keep things going. It’s the most important bit now”.

  • Sit 1st on 76 points – two point lead over Solihull 
  • Only lost one of their last 12 games – W10  D1  L1
  • League Record – P38  W22  D10  L6  F63  A28

Orient’s 2-0 victory over AFC Fylde on Tuesday came courtesy of first half goals from Marvin Ekpiteta and a MacAuley Bonne penalty. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted with his side performance stating to leytonorient.com “we come off the back of a tough enduring game on Saturday where we were down to ten men for long periods. It didn’t show in our start to the game. Our first half performance allowed us to control the second half and restrict Fylde to very few chances”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Midfielder Craig Clay has been an ever present this season and is building a partnership alongside Jobi McAnuff in central midfield. The O’s grabbed two goals in the opening 30 minutes which helped to settle any nerve. Clay praised his sides ruthlessness in front of goal stating to leytonorient.com it was professional and efficient. I think you could tell from the first five minutes when Koroma was getting at them. Macca was getting at them, they were their for the taking”.

  • Opened the scoring in first half of five of the last seven games
  • Failed to score in eight league games (three away)
  • Scored in last eight games – netting 15 goals
  • Scored in 11 of their last 12 games

Orient’s challenge for promotion has been built on a solid foundation at the back along with their free flowing football in attack. Clay praised the squad’s desire and doing the hard work in recent week. Speaking to leytonorient.com ” when we get it down and play, it’s a pleasure to watch. I’m sure it is for the fans watching. We showed Saturday we can dig deep and defend, our defenders heading everything away. Everyone’s putting the work in”.

  • Best defensive record in league
  • Kept 16 league clean sheets (five away)
  • Kept two in last three games
  • Kept three in last five games
  • No clean sheet in last seven away games
  • Not kept back to back league clean sheets since 1st January

The O’s sit in pole position at the top of the National League, two points clear and games in hand on their promotion rivals. However with just four points separating the top four, Edinburgh is taking nothing for granted with the end of season run in. Speaking to nationalleague.com it’s certainly not over. There’s a lot of football to be played, a lot of twists and turns with a lot of good clubs challenging for that top spot. There’s too many games to be played for it to be over, we’ve got a very difficult run in aswell”

Orient are set to sell out their away allocation at the Hive tomorrow and Webb feels that despite Barnet sitting in mid table they will be looking to put the cat amongst the pidgeon in the O’s camp. Speaking to the O’s Show Barnet seem in a similar position to what we were last year. They had a bit of a blip and now they are finding some form. Darren has gone in and done ever so well by all accounts. I don’t think they have much to play for now but in front of a big crowd, they will clearly want to cause an upset”.

  • Away League Record – P19  W10  D6  L3  F31  A17
  • Won last five, 1st time since September 2013 – F11  A6
  • Unbeaten in last four league games – W3  D1
  • One defeat in last nine away – W7  D1  L1

With their FA Trophy run, Orient have faced a heavy set of fixtures in March with Saturday being their eighth of the month but that has coincided with their run of form. Despite playing three games a week, Clay feels the heavy work load actually helps his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com I think we’re better when we’ve got a busy schedule, you tick games off and get momentum  which is hard to stop us. It’s like the start of the season. We’re looking forward to it, we’re winning games, it’s eight wins on the bounce, everyone is confident. We’re looking forward to the busy schedule”.

  • Scored in seven of their last eight league games
  • Scored in last six away games
  • Scored 37/63 league goals in second half (16/31 away)
  • Scored 27 goals after the 60th minute

Team News

Jamie Turley will be assessed after being taken off on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. Jordan Maguire-Drew, Myles Judd and Sam Ling all remain out. Jay Simpson returns the squad from injury while Matt Harrold serves the second game of his three match ban.

Edinburgh on squad to guardian series I think we possibly will rotate the squad, but I’ll always go off my own players and I’ve got to trust them. I trust them to tell me if they’re fine. If I feel they should play then they will”.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 10, Draw 8, Barnet 7

Barnet H2H

The Last Nine Meetings

  • Orient have only won one of the last four meetings between sides – W1 D1 L2
  • Orient have failed to score in two visits to the Hive
  • Both teams have scored in only two of the last seven meetings

Last Time Out – 26/03/2019 – Leyton Orient 2-0 AFC Fylde

Orient home vs Fylde

Starting 11 vs Fylde

Prediction – Barnet 0-1 Leyton Orient



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“It’s Vitally Important to Solely Concentrate on the Task Ahead”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his side will be raring to go against AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening. The O’s booked their spot in the FA Trophy Final on Saturday but after celebrating the success, the 49 year old was eager to put that at the side ahead of the end of season run in. Speaking to leytonorient.comit’s an excellent achievement but we park that to the side. It’s vitally important to solely concentrate on the task ahead, I know the group and that’s what their already talking about”.

  • Sit 1st on 73 points
  • One loss in last 11 games – W9  D1  L1
  • Best Defensive Record in league
  • League Record – P37  W21  D10  L6  F61  A28

Orient sealed their spot at Wembley with a 2-1 victory at AFC Telford. Matt Harrold set them on their way before being sent off in the first half. Ellis Deeney leveled the scores on the day before defender Josh Coulson headed his third goal in his last three games to seal victory for Orient. Edinburgh stated to BBC London after the victory “it’s been immense, everything that typifies this group today we had in abundance, character, resilience, togetherness, we were up against it”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

It was Orient’s seventh win in a row and sets them up perfectly for the final month of the season. The O’s still sit top with two games in hand after their promotion rivals all slipped up on Saturday and Edinburgh highlights his side have to ruthless. Speaking to BBC London I’ve never known a league like this, so many teams vying for the automatic place. It  gives us a bit of breathing space after mixing two weekends of league action but we have to capitalise on it now”.

Top 7 pre fylde

Top Seven in National League

The O’s played with ten men for over an hour on Saturday and despite defending for the majority of the second half they grabbed victory. Edinburgh’s side are now unbeaten in their last five games down to ten men and he was quick to praise the collective effort. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe always knew with what we had in the dressing room we can deal with these situations and scenarios. You can stand and coach but these players have got to carry out that and they certainly done that today. The game plan in the second half, they did everything we asked of them putting their bodies on the line’.

  • Kept 15 league clean sheets (ten at home)
  • Kept two clean sheets in last three games
  • One clean sheet in last six league games
  • Four clean sheets in last five home games

Coulson was promoted and won the FA Trophy with Cambridge United back in 2014 was delighted to grace the Wembley pitch once more. The 30 year old who extended his tally to six for the season on Saturday highlighted that despite the excitement of the final, their main aim still remains. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s Wembley, the national stadium, it means everything, as a footballer it’s the pinnacle to play at Wembley, I can’t explain it. But we have got some business to do before that and we need to carry on with that”.

  • Home League Record – P18  W11  D4  L3  F30  A11
  • Only Halifax (9) have conceded fewer
  • Won last two games – both 1-0
  • Won four of their last five
  • Only lost two of their last 14 home games – W10  D2  L2

Edinburgh’s men are on the longest winning run since December 2012 and the former Newport manager feels that the semi final win could be the extra boost his side need. Edinburgh is seeking a second promotion into the Football League after being promoted with Newport in 2013 and with nine games left he knows it will take a big effort. Speaking to BBC London it’s going to take everything we’ve got, we have got a good squad, incredible togetherness but it’s today we hope the momentum and feeling we can use as that extra edge going into the final run in. Looking at this to really spur us on and take us a step closer to where we want to be”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Tuesday’s meeting with AFC Fylde is a prequel to the FA Trophy final after the Coasters beat Stockport on Saturday. The O’s beat Fylde back in November and Edinburgh is aware his side need to at 100% if they are to pick up victory. Speaking to BBC Londonthey are a very good team, we went there and won earlier in the season and we have to be at our best. We are confident that’s seven consecutive victories now, I’d like to think we are hitting form at the right time”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games (five at home)
  • Scored in their last seven games – netting 13 goals
  • Scored in ten of their last 11 games
  • Scored in last two home games and five of their last seven at Breyer Group Stadium

Team News

Matt Harrold serves the first of his three games suspension following his red card on Saturday. Jordan Maguire-Drew, Sam Ling and Myles Judd remain injured while Jay Simpson and James Dayton could be back involved.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 2, Draw 0, AFC Fylde 1

Fylde H2H

The Three Meetings Between Sides

  • MacAuley Bonne has been involved in Orient’s last four goals
  • Danny Rowe has netted all three goals for Fylde

Last Time Out – 23/03/2019 – AFC Telford 1-2 Leyton Orient

Orient away at Telford

Starting 11 vs Telford

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Fylde

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“They Have Got to be Professional”

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor urged his side to be put their FA Trophy Semi Final victory behind them. The Coasters travel to League Leaders Leyton Orient on Tuesday with the chance to cut the gap to just three points. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukI’ll enjoy tonight, they have got to be professional and do things right. They have an opportunity at the end of the season to celebrate with hopefully more success. Today is about recovering making sure we replicate the same elation on Tuesday evening”.

  • Sit 5th on 67 points
  • Unbeaten in their last seven games – W4  D3
  • One defeat in last 14 matches – W8 D5  L1
  • League Record – P37  W18  D13  L6  F63  A32
Fylde last 6 results

Fylde’s Last Six Results

Fylde booked their place at Wembley with a 3-2 win at Stockport on Saturday. Nyal Bell put Stockport ahead before a Danny Rowe penalty and Ryan Croasdale strike put them in control. Ash Palmer equalised late on but Alex Reid’s strike earned their victory. Croasdale spoke to afcfylde.co.ukit’s probably the best performance we’ve had this season and to do it under the pressure of the semi final is a credit to the lads”.

  • Away League Record – P18  W5  D10  L3  F24  A16
  • Only 37% points have been collected away
  • Unbeaten in last five games – W2  D3
  • One defeat in last eight games – W3  D4  L1
  • Only won one of last four away league matches – W1  D2  L1  F6  A6


The Coasters trailed for a long spell on Saturday before top scorer Danny Rowe levelled. Despite being a goal down, Challinor was delighted with his sides performance, mentality and character to pick up the victory. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukI thought we were fantastic, I really thought we dominated the game, territorially but we gave a sloppy goal away. We got an equaliser then got ourselves in front but disappointed to concede from a set piece. But we showed unbelievable amounts of character to get the winner”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games – (five away)
  • Scored in four of their last five games – netting ten goals
  • Scored in last four league games – 13 goals
  • Scored in last 12 away games
  • Scored 37/63 league goals in second half (13/24 away)
  • Eight of their last 12 league goals have been netted in second period

Challinor who has been with the Coasters since 2011 was brimming with pride about taking his side to Wembley. The 43 year old has guided them to three promotions in his tenure described it “biggest honour in management”. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk it was amazing, very emotional after the game, I am bursting with pride for me to take my team to Wembley and walk them out at Wembley will be my biggest honour in management. They had the opportunity to make it happen and I am thankful for it. To watch them at the greatest stadium in the world would be absolutely fantastic’.

  • Kept 15 league clean sheets (six away)
  • One clean sheets in last five games
  • Two in last six games – both 0-0 draws
  • No clean sheet in last seven league games (last 2-0 win over Wrexham, 19th January)
  • Kept one in last nine league matches
  • Conceded 22/32 league goals in second half – 12/16 away goal
  • Four of the last six league goals conceded have been in second period

Fylde are right in the mix for promotion with their rivals all dropping on Saturday. The Coasters along with Orient have at least two games in hand on teams in and around them and Challinor is keen for his side to fully concentrate on the remaining league games. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukwe have showed throughout the season we can put it to the background. Today we can focus on when it comes around, the players have an opportunity to show what they can do and showcase their talents. We have to look forward to that”.

Top 7 pre fylde

Top Seven in National League

Team News

Dave Challinor is expected to make some changes to his side. Jordan Tunnicliffe should be fit despite suffering a broken nose on Saturday. Dan Bradley, Ash Hemmings and Lewis Walters are all back after being cup tied against Stockport. Serhat Tasdemir is still away with Azerbaijan U19’s.

Head to Head – AFC Fylde 1, Draw 0, Leyton Orient 2

Fylde H2H

The Three Meetings Between Sides

  • Danny Rowe has scored all three goals in the fixtures all coming from outside the box

Last Time Out – 23/03/2019 – Stockport County 2-3 AFC Fylde

Fylde at STockport

Starting 11 vs Stockport

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Fylde

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“We Don’t Want It To End Here”

AFC Telford captain Shane Sutton is confident his side can overturn their semi final deficit against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Bucks trail 1-0 from the first leg but with an expected sell out home crowd behind them, the 30 year old is raring to go. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe’re very confident, it’s only half time, 1-0 down, and the good thing is that we know exactly what we’re up against”.

  • 7th in National League North
  • Back to back defeats first time since December 2018
  • Won three of their last six – W3  D1  L2
Telford in Trophy 18-19

Telford’s Run in Trophy 2018/2019

MacAuley Bonne struck in the 54th minute to hand Orient a slender advantage heading into the second leg. Manager Gavin Cowan was happy with sides performance ensuring they have all to play for on Saturday. Speaking to telfordunited.co.ukthe objective to the players was to be in the lead or the tie. We achieved that, it’s 1-0 at half time. It’s the joy of being over two legs”.

Telford's Last 6 Results

Telford’s Last Six Results

With 30 league places separating the two sides, Cowan has urged his players to be fearless at the New Bucks Head. Orient are top of the National League and the 37 year old is hoping his side can play the underdog card to their advantage. Speaking to telfordunited.co.uk we have nothing to fear, there is no expectation on us, no-one could even have imagined us to come through this. We can play with courage and freedom, all the pressure is on Leyton Orient. Anything we achieve after this is dream stuff, we’ve got real belief in the camp”.

  • Kept just five clean sheets all season
  • No clean sheet in last ten games – conceding 19 goals
  • One clean sheet in last 21 games (26/01/2019 – Southport 0-4 AFC Telford)

The Bucks were backed by 429 supporters in the first leg and with it set to be their biggest game as a club since their reformation in 2004. A bumper crowd is expected to hopefully see them defy the odds and Cowan has insisted on the home supporters to push them on. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe really wanted the community to come and back us, they have done just that. The support for the first leg was unbelievable and we’re going to need them to make themselves heard again. It is going to be great to see New Bucks Head packed out with the supporters”.

  • Kept one clean sheet in last eight cup games
  • Kept just one in last nine FA Trophy games
  • Without a clean sheet in last nine home games

Defender Sutton who has been with the Bucks since 2017 is relishing the visit of Orient and is hoping his side can use their home advantage. Despite the Bucks only playing one of their six trophy matches at home this season, Sutton is confident his side can overcome the deficit if they play to their best. Speaking to Shropshire Star it’s a game we’re looking forward to. Look at our home form, I don’t think it’s been an easy place to come this year. As long as we can have that intensity and tempo which we have had at home, I am sure it will be an interesting game”.

  • Home Record This Season – P19  W12  D4  L3  F35  A22
  • Won both home cup this season
  • Only won one of their last four home games – W1  D1  L2
  • Won five of their last eight home games
  • Only lost one of their last four home Trophy games – W2  D1  L1

Cowan admitted his side were reserved in the last 20 minutes in the first leg as they were looking to remain in the tie. Despite the O’s holding the advantage Cowan highlights that both sides will be going for the victory and playing on the front foot. Speaking to East London Advertiserwe have to set up to win the game, ultimately Orient will do the same. I can’t imagine Justin will be very reserved coming to us and I know we will be all guns blazing”.

  • Failed to score in six games all season – two at home
  • Only failed to score in one of their last 11 games
  • Scored in their last three home games
  • Scored in eight of their last nine home games

Telford will have to defy the odds tomorrow because the last 21 sides holding a first leg lead have gone on to the make the final. After coming up against the Orient already, Cowan is excited about the second leg and is not expecting any surprises. Speaking to Shropshire Starwe’re pretty set on where we want to be and how we want to approach. We know plenty about them already but the players are fully aware of what’s ahead of them now” He added “it’s going to be tough. But it is one we are thoroughly looking forward to, we can’t wait”.

  • Scored in seven of their eight cup games this season
  • Scored in seven of their last ten Trophy games
  • Scored two or more in five of their last seven games
  • Scored two or more in five of their last eight home games

Team News

Goalkeeper Josef Bursik and striker Marcus Dinanga are both cup tied while Henry Cowans is out with a knee injury. Steph Morley is a doubt after coming off at Orient last weekend. Brendon Daniels could replace Morely while Dom Smith is pushing for a start after returning from his loan spell.

Last Time Out – Leyton Orient 1-0 AFC Telford, 16/03/2019

TELFORD at Orient

Starting 11 vs Leyton Orient

Prediction – AFC Telford 1-1 Leyton Orient


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