After getting their league campaign off to a winning start last weekend, Orient now turn their attentions to the FA National League Cup.
The O’s take on Cambridge United Women at the Mile End Stadium in the determining round of the competition.
At this stage last season Orient knocked out Swindon Town Women 5-1 away from home but were subsequently knocked out in the following round by this weekend’s opponents and after making a number of impressive acquisitions over the summer, Chris Brayford’s side will be hoping to avenge last season’s 3-0 defeat.
View on the Opposition
Cambridge Utd Women can trace their roots back to the first women’s side formed in the City in 1967, having gone through many changes since the current club returned to the name Cambridge Utd Women in 2015 when Cambridge Women were approached by the men’s club to enable continued female quality football provision in the City.
The club has undergone some transition during the summer and gained a new home for all training and matches at St Neots Town allowing them to grow and develop with one home for the first and development sides in the National League. Working to push on from a last season when they were successful in regaining the Cambridgeshire county cup and enjoyed a good FA cup run.
Due to a combination of injuries and availability, O’s gaffer Chris Brayford is expected to make a number of changes for Sunday’s game.
Last Time Out
Orient got their season off to the best possible start last Sunday as they comfortably dispatched of Cambridge City Ladies and Girls at the Mile End Stadium.
Goals from Hayley Barton, Egle Trezzi, Sophie Le Marchand, Danielle Griffiths and Belen Ripoll Douton secured a convincing win for the O’s on a bright day in East London.
The score line could have looked even more impressive had a number of efforts not struck the woodwork including Griffiths 81st minute well struck penalty which beat the Cambridge keeper but unfortunately not the post.
Manager, Brayford handed debuts to Ria Collins, Jasmine Auguste, Allison McCann, Cheryl Anderson, Michelle Young and Ellie Stenning against Cambridge and given their performances and the result all six looked to have settled in well at their new club.
The last time the two met was back in February, Orient picked up a 2-1 win that day at The Hunts Post Community Stadium with Sophie Le Marchand cancelling out Amber Cantwell’s opener just before half time before Suaila Cardoso-Queni netted a 68th minute winner.
However, the O’s will be hoping to do better than they did in the two matches prior to that February win last season where they were on the wrong side of a 3-0 score line not once but twice against the U’s.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match Orient skipper Danielle Griffiths is optimistic that her side can make it two wins from two at the start of the season: “The Determining Round of the WNL Cup is always an interesting game; we are up against Cambridge United, a strong team from our division, with the prospect of going into the main draw for the WNL Cup on offer. We have started the season strongly and want to continue that good form across all competitions, so we are hoping for another positive result on Sunday.”
Coming to the Game?
The side would really appreciate your support if you could come down and spur them on in their first cup fixture of the season. The match takes place this Sunday 25th August at The Mile End Stadium E3 4HL. The ground is just a 15 minute walk from Mile End Station and kick off is at 2pm.