LOWFC PREVIEW: Leyton Orient Women v Worthing Ladies

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After reaching the Capital Cup semi-finals earlier this month, the O’s will be looking to progress in the Isthmian Cup this time around.

Orient were not in action on Sunday, providing them with extra recovery time after a demanding ninety minutes against Norwich City Ladies in the FA Women’s National League.

Sophie Le Marchand’s second-half strike proved to be the difference as the O’s returned to east-London with all three points on 25th November.

This midweek trip is the first of two remaining matches for the O’s in 2018, with Stevenage Ladies visiting Mile End on 16th December before the Christmas break.

Chris Brayford’s side will be looking to end the year on a high and put themselves in a strong position going into 2019.

Our Opponents

Worthing compete in the South East Counties Women’s League, residing in sixth position with nine points.

They have won two, drawn three and lost four of their nine league matches this season and possess a goal difference of -4.

In their last outing, Worthing travelled to Ashford where they were beaten 6-2 on 25th November.

They will be looking to quash Orient’s good form and give themselves a confidence boost as the year draws to a close.

Key Players

Orient defender Francesca Cagetti has produced some consistent performances of late. A naturally right-footed centre back, Cagetti put in a solid display at left-back against Norwich City Ladies proving her professionalism and versatility. She is an experienced defender with excellent knowledge of the game and a crucial part of the O’s backline.

If available to play, Worthing captain Hannah Hewlett will need to rally her team as they look to upset Orient this week. She will need to ensure her side remain organised and disciplined, while reiterating the importance of being clinical in front of goal. Hewlett and Worthing will look to thrive on the unpredictability of cup competition.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient are currently on a four game unbeaten run (W3 D1)
  • The O’s have kept two clean sheets during this time, one at home and one away.
  • Chris Brayford’s side have scored two or more goals in three of these four matches.
  • Excluding a home walkover in the League Cup, Worthing are without a win in their last seven games.
  • They have scored twice in each of their last three matches.
  • However, they have kept one clean sheet in their last eight games.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Praising the togetherness of her team, midfielder Chloe McNee is keen to land a trophy this season:

“Over the past couple of weeks, collectively as a team we have been building our momentum to get back into the fighting spirit. Last week against Norwich we had ‘fire in our bellies,’ the passion and team spirit were apparent. Coming away with the three points after such a hard fought 90 minutes lifted us, and showed us that ‘team work really does make the dream work.’

“It’s given us the push that we needed. Albeit quite a distance to travel midweek, we are excited for the challenge. A team we’ve never played and eager to come away with a win to reach another semi-final. Silverware is in sight for us and we are hungry to bring it to London!”

After recovering from injury, McNee was positive about what lies ahead for the O’s:

“Having been out for six weeks with a hip flexor injury, I am more focused and determined than ever. Being back with the girls, seeing and feeling the determination we have as a tight knit team makes me proud to be an O! I am excited about what’s to come…believing is achieving.”

Going to the Game?

If you are making the trip to Worthing, the match will take place this Thursday 6th December at Bibby FS Stadium, Woodside Road, Worthing, BN14 7HQ with kick-off at 20:00.