Leyton Orient Women’s Football Club’s stunning start to the season has now played the team into the record books.
Their 7-0 home victory against Camden Town on Sunday, courtesy of five goals from Sophie Le Marchand and one apiece for Ella Meadowcroft and Leyre Bastyr meant that of their 10 league and cup games1 so far, the team has won all ten and scoring 66 goals along the way. However, what looks to have seen them now set a new British record is the fact they have yet to concede a goal in 900 minutes of football!
The existing record is held by Stockport County, who in 2007 in EFL League Two, won nine league games in a row without conceding. Confirmation of whether the O’s run will be inked into football history as the new standard to beat – or if only league games count – is being sought from the official bodies, but in the meantime there is no doubt that the O’s have begun their push for promotion in the right way!
Winger Sophie Le Marchand – league and club top scorer with 21 goals so far said: “The run we’ve been on hasn’t just been about winning; it’s been about showcasing some seriously good football. We want to produce performances that people remember and think, wow, these girls can really play, I’ll come and watch again.
“Yes, our defending has been magnificent, but there’s nothing we love more than scoring spectacular team and individual goals. You can’t beat that feeling! ”
Midfielder Lydia Cooper, one of the O’s players who graduated from the old Orient Girls’ Centre of Excellence added: “The start to our season has been incredible and we are enjoying every minute. Strength in depth has been key this season and every member of the squad has played a part in our success so far. There is obviously still a long way to go so we will take each game as it comes and stay focused on our ultimate goal to win the league and gain promotion to the WPL.”
The team will look to continue this fine run of form when they travel to Sussex to take on Crawley in a top of the table clash this Sunday, before moving onto three weeks of Cup matches. The first is away at Fulham in the LSERWFL League Cup on November 6, before two home games, the first against Cambridge City in the SSE FA Women’s Cup on November 13 before Spurs, who sit two divisions above Orient in the FA Women’s Premier League South, come to Mile End Stadium on November 20.
Pictured is five-goal Sophie Le Marchand with O’s fan Maddison Santen who voted Sophie as her favourite player at Sunday’s game at Camden Town.
1 The 10 games are six in the London and South-East Regional Women’s Football League (“LSERWFL” ) Premier Division, two in the FA Cup and one each in the Capital Cup-Senior and the LSERWFL League Cup.