LOWFC PREVIEW: Denham United

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Orient were due to play their Isthmian Cup semi-final match away at Enfield Town Ladies on Wednesday evening.

However, an unplayable pitch saw the match postponed with a date for the re-arranged fixture to be confirmed in due course.

Chris Brayford’s side must turn their attention back to South East Division One, where they reside in fifth place with 21 points from 13 matches.

In their last outing, the O’s lost 4-1 away to league leaders Crawley Wasps with their performance not reflective of the score line.

After two weeks without a game, Orient will be raring to return to action as they look to break into the top four.

Our Opponents

Denham United have endured a difficult campaign to date, sitting 11th in the division with seven points in total.

United have won one, drawn four and lost nine of their 14 league matches while possessing a goal difference of -36.

They were due to host Cambridge United Women last Sunday however, the match was postponed seeing them go without competitive football for three weeks.

In their last league encounter, they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Norwich City Ladies on 20th January where Aimee Durrant and Rosie George cancelled out Lauren Cox’s strike.

Key Players

Orient will be looking to utilise the attacking flair within their ranks against a Denham side who are battling at the opposite end of the division. Sophie Le Marchand and Hayley Barton are constant sources of danger from both flanks.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see who leads the line this weekend. Suaila Cardoso Queni put in a player of the match performance against Crawley Wasps last time out, while Chanel Richards and Lisa Fulgence will hope to be considered for the starting eleven.

As for Denham, their recent goal scorers have varied with Lauren Cox, Holly Nicholls and Kayleigh Currivan all showing their ability in front of goal. United need more goals to their name as they look to put daylight between themselves and the foot of the table.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have lost just three of their nine home matches in all competitions.
  • The O’s have netted two or more goals in seven of those games.
  • However, they have kept just two clean sheets at Mile End in that time.
  • Denham’s only league win came away to Cambridge United Women in September.
  • They have scored two goals in their previous five league games.
  • United are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season.

Previous Encounters

Orient travelled to The Den for the reverse fixture on 16th September, snatching a very late point after a below-par showing on the day.

Rachel Keightley headed the hosts into a 63rd minute lead, only for second half substitute Rebecca Hirst to equalise in the last minute of normal time to spare Orient’s blushes.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the game, O’s winger Hayley Barton wants the team to start their hectic month of fixtures with all three points:

“The Crawley game left us feeling pretty disappointed, despite the score line, the team really deserved something from the game. However, we take a lot of positives from that game in how we maintained our shape and pressed in our units.

“Denham is an opportunity for us to restart our league success. February is going to be a busy period for us, with a number of games in a short space of time. A win on Sunday will give us some good momentum leading into these games.”

Coming to the Game?

If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s this weekend. The match will take place on Sunday 10th February at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 14:00.