We sealed a trip to Wembley last time out. Matt Harrold’s opener and Josh Coulson’s second-half header to regain the lead on the day at AFC Telford United saw us make the final of the FA Trophy in May.
Coincidentally, tonight’s opponents AFC Fylde are the side we will take on later at Wembley. The Coasters defeated Stockport County 3-2 on Saturday over two legs to reach the final.
Our last meeting came back in November 2018, Josh Koroma hit a brace, after Macauley Bonne’s opener in Lancashire. We ran out 1-3 winners that day, Danny Rowe was the scorer for the Coasters that day.
Matt Harrold was shown a straight red on Saturday and will serve the first of his three match suspension tonight.
Jay Simpson has returned to full-training and is likely to be involved in the squad this evening. Otherwise Head Coach Justin Edinburgh will have a similar squad at his disposal to the side that travelled to Telford.
Tonight’s referee is Richard Hulme, he will be assisted by Andy Bennett and Louis Marks with Stuart Cheeks as the fourth official. Somerset born Hulme has taken charge of the O’s on two occasions this season, the first came in our 3-1 home win against Bromley and the second was during our defeat against Salford City. So far this term, Hulme has taken charge of 19 National League fixtures and has handed out 72 yellow cards, 4 red cards and 4 penalties.
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