PREVIEW: Maidenhead United (H)

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Justin Edinburgh’s men were in league action last weekend when Jobi McAnuff’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Nicke Kabamba’s goal seconds before the break.

Dean Brill was on hand to save a point for the O’s when he dived the right way to deny Liam Noble’s kick from the spot.

Maidenhead will travel to E10 full of confidence after they recorded their first win since early January thanks to James Akintunde’s 74th minute goal which earned the Magpies three points at home for the first-time since Boxing Day.

The reverse fixture between Orient and Maidenhead was back in October when James Alabi wrapped up the tie after Macauley Bonne’s opener took our leading-marksman into double figures for the season.


Sam Ling returned to training following his absence last weekend due to tonsillitis, while Jordan Maguire-Drew was also in training mid-week following a calf injury which kept him side-lined for a week. 

Marvin Ekpiteta was in light training following an ankle injury which he sustained early on during our FA Trophy fixture at Wrexham AFC last month but will most likely see the fixture come too soon to return.

Forward Josh Koroma continues to recover from a hamstring injury which he sustained against Maidstone United at the back end of last month. The 20-year old was out on the training pitch mid-week working with the medical team to strengthen his hamstring.

The return of popular striker Jay Simpson was confirmed earlier this week and his international clearance successfully came through on Thursday afternoon meaning Simpson is available for selection should Edinburgh see fit.


Watch episode 27 of The O’s Show featuring January Player of the Month Dan Happe and Vice-Chairman Kent Teague here.


Simon Mather is the man in charge of this afternoon’s fixture against Maidenhead United, Martyn Holmes and Robin Cox will be his assistants with Stuart Cheek as the fourth official. Mather had the whistle for our September fixture against FC Halifax Town when he awarded a penalty against Marvin Ekpiteta for an adjudged foul on Dale Southwell before he converted. So far this season, Mathers has officiated 12 National League games this season and handed out 32 yellow cards, one red card and four penalties.


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