LOWFC PREVIEW: Enfield Town (A)

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This match has fallen foul of the weather conditions on two previous occasions, but both sides will be hopeful they can get the game played at the third time of asking.

Orient go into the match sitting third in South East Division One with 31 points having won nine, drawn four and lost six of their 19 matches with a goal difference of seven.

In their previous outing, the O’s hosted Norwich City Ladies at the Breyer Group Stadium in the FA Women’s National League on March 24th.

Hayley Barton’s brace and Suaila Cardoso Queni’s close-range finish added to Alice Parker’s own goal to secure a 4-1 victory for Chris Brayford’s side.

With two cup finals on the horizon, Orient must stay focused on securing their highest possible finish in the league where only three games remain.

Our Opponents

As for Enfield, they sit sixth in the division with 26 points having won seven, drawn five and lost five of their 17 league matches with a goal difference of five.

Last Sunday, Town fell to their first defeat in seven matches against Actonians Ladies at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Katherine Long gave the hosts an early lead, but this was cancelled out by Alessandra Barreca’s brace which she completed deep into second half injury time.

Orient are the only other team to have defeated Enfield since the turn of the year, leaving the north-Londoners to seek revenge this time around.

Key Players

Hayley Barton netted a brace for the O’s against Norwich last time out. Barton is a crucial part of Orient’s attack with her direct approach and bursting forward runs. If not creating goal scoring opportunities, she is finding the net herself and never fails to cause problems for opposition defences.

Katherine Long has netted two goals in her previous two games for Enfield. She began the Isthmian Cup semi-final against Orient but was thwarted on that occasion. However, she will surely be looking to continue her scoring run against the O’s this weekend.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient are unbeaten in their previous six matches in the league and cup.
  • The O’s have scored in each of their last nine matches on the road.
  • They have kept just one clean sheet since January 13th, this came against Enfield.
  • Enfield have taken 10 points from the last 21 available (W2 D4 L1)
  • Town have scored in five of those seven league matches.
  • They have kept three clean sheets during this time.

Previous Encounters

Orient progressed to the Isthmian Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Enfield Town Ladies on Wednesday 27th February.

After a goalless 75 minutes, Sophie Le Marchand headed home the winner from Hayley Barton’s inviting free-kick.

The reverse league fixture saw the O’s emerge 5-0 victors in November, thanks to Chanel Richards’ brace alongside goals from Hayley Barton and Tara O’Halloran.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the game, winger Sophie Le Marchand says the O’s are ready for a competitive encounter:

“We are relishing another clash with Enfield Town on Sunday, since our previous meetings against them have been very exciting games, where we have had to battle really hard to get positive results.

“We know that they will be very motivated to seek revenge after we knocked them out of the Isthmian Cup in dramatic fashion, but we are equally determined to continue our unbeaten streak!

“We have had a week off, so we are fresh and ready to attack them with our pace, skill and movement off the ball from the very first minute.”

Coming to the Game?

The match will take place this Sunday 7th April at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Donkey Lane, Off Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, EN1 3PL, with kick-off scheduled for 14:00.