LOWFC PREVIEW: Ipswich Town Ladies (H)

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Orient have been without a league match for nearly a month with their focus turning to two separate cup competitions in the past fortnight.

Chris Brayford’s side overcame AFC Phoenix 2-5 to reach the Capital Cup quarter-finals, before falling to a 3-0 defeat at Cambridge United Women in the FA Women’s National League Cup Second Round last time out.

Sitting sixth in the division, the O’s have taken 11 points from 21 available this season after three wins, two draws and two losses while possessing a -1 goal difference.

In their last league outing, Tara O’Halloran’s stoppage time header saw Orient snatch a 3-2 victory against Actonians Ladies on October 7.

Our Opponents:

Ipswich arrive in the capital sitting fifth in the table, level on points with Orient having played one game extra.

They have recorded three wins, two draws and three losses from eight league games and have a goal difference of 3.

In their most recent outing, Ipswich edged past Ipswich Wanderers Ladies 1-2 in the County Cup. Their last league match ended in a 4-0 victory over Denham United Ladies thanks to a Natasha Thomas brace, plus goals from Zoe Cossey and Lindsey Cooper on October 7.

The visitors have won each of their previous four matches in all competitions and will be looking to continue this run against Orient on Sunday.

Team News:

Orient will be pleased to welcome Lisa Holmback, Kathryn Canavan and Hayley Barton back into the squad for the visit of Ipswich.

Meanwhile, they will be hoping that full-back Avril Kilkelly and striker Chanel Richards are able to return from injury.

However, captain Danielle Griffiths is unavailable while Chloe McNee and Jasmine Campbell are struggling with respective injuries.

Key Players:

Orient defender Hannah Porter was one of the stand out performers in last week’s defeat to Cambridge. Since joining the O’s, Porter has gone from strength to strength and deservedly earned the role of vice-captain. She is a calm and composed figure, with good distribution and ability to read the game. She will be hoping to help Orient to their first clean sheet in eight matches.

As for Ipswich, Natasha Thomas had scored four goals in three games prior to last weekend’s cup victory over Ipswich Wanderers. She has scored three goals in her previous two league games and will be hoping to add to this tally at the weekend.

A Look at the Stats:

  • Orient have scored in six of their seven league games this season.
  • The O’s have netted two or more goals in their previous two league games.
  • Equally, they have conceded in each of their last four league matches.
  • Ipswich have scored in seven of their eight league matches this season.
  • Town have played four away games this season taking four points (W1, D1, 2L)
  • They have kept two clean sheets in their last two league games.

Previous Encounter:

These sides last locked horns at Mile End Stadium on January 28th during the 2017-18 campaign. Sophie Le Marchand scored a goal in each half to cancel out Natasha Thomas’ strike and secure all three points for Orient on the day with a 2-1 victory.

Pre-Match Thoughts:

Ahead of the game, Le Marchand remained optimistic despite last week’s cup defeat:

“We were very disappointed with the result against Cambridge, since we feel that it certainly was not a true reflection of the way in which we played. Looking back there are so many positives that we can take from the last game and we are all desperate to try and put this right against Ipswich. We dominated possession, moved the ball around quickly and created many chances in front of goal.

“We all feel that we are so nearly there with our game, but perhaps just lacking a clinical touch in front of goal. We know that sooner or later our luck is going to change, I just hope it comes as quickly as possible against Ipswich on Sunday.”

Coming to the Game?

If you can, please come down and support the O’s this weekend. The match will take place this Sunday 4 November at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 2pm.