PREVIEW: FC Halifax Town (H)

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We’ll be hoping to bounce back from our mid-week defeat at Bromley with a positive response in tomorrow’s fixture.

Josh Coulson’s first-half header was cancelled out by Frankie Sutherland’s second-half penalty before Reeco Hackett-Fairchild snatched the three points for the Ravens, who had a man advantage after Marvin Ekpiteta was dismissed after 47 minutes.

FC Halifax Town will also be hoping to bounce back from their defeat at Maidenhead United last weekend.

Ayo Obileye’s 72nd minute goal from the spot was enough for The Magpies to win away.

The last time we took on tomorrow’s opponents saw James Alabi strike in injury time to level the scores after Dayle Southwell’s penalty.

Alabi’s leveller ensured the O’s took a point back to E10 and stretched our unbeaten run to 10 games at the start of the season.

TEAM NEWS

Matt Harrold is back in contention to be within the squad after he served a three game suspension for his red card in the FA Trophy second leg tie against AFC Telford United.

Jobi McAnuff missed out on Tuesday’s fixture with a minor groin issue but has had an injection which may alllow the skipper to take part this afternoon if the medical team pass him fit following an assessment.

Sam Ling has returned to training and may well be involved this afternoon, while Jordan Maguire-Drew also returned but is likely to see this afternoon come to soon.

Marvin Ekpiteta will serve his one game suspension this afternoon after his red card at Bromley.

VIDEOS

Watch the latest episode of The O’s Show featuring Vanarama National League Manager of the Month Justin Edinburgh and Josh Coulson answering your twitter questions here.

REF WATCH

Peter Gibbons will take charge of this afternoon’s fixture, he will be assisted by Adam Ricketts, Anthony Pope and Jamie Wells. Gibbons has taken charge of the O’s once this season, it was back in September when we overcame Barnet 3-1 at The Breyer Group Stadium. So far this season, Gibbons had handed out 52 yellow cards, 6 red cards and 7 penalties in 14 National League appearances.

COVERAGE

Can’t make the game? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed, or listen to audio commentary from BBC Radio London’s Dulcet Dave.

Audio commentary will be available through the match centre which will appear at the top of the leytonorient.com homepage, with commentary starting 30 minutes before kick-off.

Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.

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