LOWFC PREVIEW: Enfield Town Ladies (H)

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Last weekend, Hayley Barton’s stoppage time strike salvaged a point for the O’s who shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League.

Goals from Zoe Cossey and Paige Wakefield made it look as though the points were heading back to Suffolk, only for two goals in the final ten minutes from Egle Trezzi and Barton to deny Ipswich.

Orient come into this match sitting sixth in South East Division One with 12 points having won three, drawn three and lost two of their eight matches this season.

They will be hoping to replicate the character and spirit shown against Ipswich to claim all three points on home soil this weekend.

Our Opponents

As for Enfield Town, they arrive at Mile End Stadium occupying third place in the division with 16 points.

They have won five, drawn one and lost two of their eight league games and boast the second-best goal difference in the division (11)

Last week, they defeated Actonians Ladies 0-2 away from home with goals from Katherine Long and Sasha Kelly.

Town have the chance to climb above Billericay Town Ladies, who are in FA Cup action this weekend, into second-place with a win over the O’s on Sunday.

Key Players

Orient have seen some fresh faces breaking into the fold in recent weeks. Full-back Avril Kilkelly made her debut in the 3-2 victory over Actonians on October 7th. Meanwhile, midfielder Camila Pescatore came off the bench against AFC Phoenix for her first Orient appearance. Both players bring good qualities to the team and fresh options for manager Chris Brayford to have at his disposal.

For Enfield, Sasha Kelly has scored four goals in her previous five matches including a brace in their 4-0 win against Stevenage Ladies on October 3rd. Kelly will be hoping to continue this fine form in front of goal in east London this weekend.

Stats and Facts

  • Orient have lost just once in their previous five matches in all competitions.
  • The O’s have scored two or more goals in five of their previous six games.
  • However, they are without a clean sheet in their last eight matches.
  • Enfield have won four of their previous five league matches.
  • Town have scored two goals in each of their last three league games.
  • This will be their fourth consecutive league game away from home.

Previous Encounters

Last season, the O’s first home game in the FA Women’s National League saw them emerge 9-0 victors against Enfield Town Ladies.

Sophie Le Marchand, Chanel Richards and Ella Meadowcroft bagged braces while the remainder of the goals came from Egle Trezzi, Hayley Barton and captain Danielle Griffiths.

Orient travelled to Enfield Town on the final day of the 2017-18 season. Despite creating several good chances, the O’s were unable to break down a disciplined Town defence as the game ended goalless.

Pre-Match Thoughts

After netting a dramatic last-gasp equaliser against Ipswich Town Ladies, Hayley Barton spoke about replicating that second-half performance from the off against Enfield:

“After finishing this game, we want to start the Enfield game how we’ve played in this final thirty minutes. We want to go out hard, get some early goals, which is something we did do quite well last season, and use this momentum going into the game against Enfield. We’re not going to worry about them as a team, just play our own game.”

Coming to the Game?

The match will take place this Sunday 11th November (Remembrance Sunday) at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL, with kick-off at 2pm.