LOWFC PREVIEW: Norwich City (H)

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This match will be associated with Kick It Out, the charity which fights for equality and inclusion while tackling racism and discrimination in the game.

Orient sit third in South East Division One with 28 points having won eight, drawn four and lost six of their 18 league games.

In their last outing, Chris Brayford’s side saw off AFC Wimbledon Ladies 3-1 at Carshalton Athletic’s ground on 13th March.

Katie Stanley gave the Dons a 1-0 lead at the break only for second half goals from Hannah Porter and Lisa Holmback, plus an own goal, seeing Orient snatch all three points.

They will grace the turf at E10 for the first time this season; it promises to be a great occasion where the players and staff would really appreciate your support.

Our Opponents

As for Norwich, they arrive in east-London sitting ninth in the table with 17 points after five wins, two draws and ten losses from their 17 league matches.

Last weekend, they travelled to league leaders Crawley Wasps and endured a tough afternoon losing 8-0.

City will be looking for their first points away from home since 20th January where they defeated Denham United Ladies 2-1.

Key Players

Sophie Le Marchand has scored in three of her last four games for the O’s and will be desperate to continue that fine form in front of goal. Elsewhere, Hannah Porter netted her first league goal of the season in the victory over AFC Wimbledon, a reward for her impressive displays at the heart of defence.

Chelsea Garrett netted twice in as many games for Norwich during February against Actonians Ladies and Ipswich Town Ladies respectively. She will be looking to find the net for the Canaries who are striving to climb further towards mid-table.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have taken seven points from the last nine available. (W2 D1)
  • The O’s are unbeaten in their last five games in league and cup.
  • They are looking for their first league clean sheet since 13th January.
  • Norwich are hoping to end a run of three consecutive league defeats.
  • They are without a goal in their previous two away league games.
  • Like Orient, they have kept one league clean sheet in 2019.

Previous Encounters

Orient made the trip to Norfolk for the reverse fixture on 25th November, coming out on top with a narrow 1-0 victory.

Sophie Le Marchand’s second half strike saw the O’s secure three points from their final away league game of 2018.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking to the club’s website earlier this month, manager Chris Brayford said playing at the home of Leyton Orient is something the team will relish:

“It is always a big boost for the players to see and hear that tremendous backing from the Orient fans and playing at the stadium is something everyone looks forward to!”

Meanwhile, captain Danielle Griffiths is proud of the association with Kick It Out:

“Hosting the game in conjunction with Kick It Out, a charity at the forefront of championing equality and combating discrimination, is an honour and we look forward to raising awareness of the importance of inclusion in football.”

Coming to the Game?

The match will take place on Sunday 24th March at The Breyer Group Stadium, Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5NF, so please come down and show your support!

Kick-off is scheduled for 2pm with admission priced at £3 (or free for under-18s/LOFC season ticket holders). Entrance to the ground will be via the West Stand and catering will be provided.