Off the back of opening up their campaign with two impressive victories, the O’s travel to North London this weekend to face Enfield Town in their first away fixture of the season.
Last Time Out
Orient progressed to the next round of the National League Cup after edging out Cambridge United 4-3 in a thrilling game at the Mile End Stadium.
The O’s thought that a wonder strike from Michelle Young and a brace from Otesha Charles had done enough to earn them the win inside the 90 minutes, but they were dealt a body blow deep into added time when Cambridge levelled through Mollie Coupar.
However, that setback didn’t deter them and they managed to find a winner late on in extra time when substitute, Ellie Stenning headed home from a corner.
View on the Opposition
Chris Brayford’s side sit atop the National League South East table following their 5-1 thumping of Cambridge City just over a fortnight ago, but they’ll face a stern test from an Enfield side that have also won both of their opening games.
The Towners opened up their league campaign with a 2-1 win away at Cambridge United, before putting Norwich City to the sword 2-0 in the cup last weekend. Laura Baker and Katherine Long will be two to watch out for on Sunday after they scored one each in both of those games and they’ll be hoping their side can build on last season’s 3rd place league finish.
These two sides met three times over the course of last season. In the two league fixtures each side comfortably got the better of the other on home soil, as Orient recorded a 5-0 victory at the Mile End Stadium, whilst Enfield notched up a 4-0 win at their home ground.
Though perhaps the most memorable clash between the two last season came back in February, when the O’s booked their place in the Isthmian Cup Final, thanks to a 78th minute header from Sophie Le Marchand at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the game, O’s vice captain Sophie Le Marchand seemed positive about her side’s chances of maintaining their 100% record so far this season:
“Sunday’s league game against Enfield Town will be our first away fixture of the season. Last year we had very mixed results against them; a thrilling win in the cup semi final and a very disappointing loss in one of the final league games.
Whenever we play Enfield, it’s always an emotionally charged match with plenty of history between the two clubs. We know that they have some very talented individuals, who we will be looking to mute during the game and it’s a challenge we will relish.
We go into the match in fine form, having scored 9 goals in the first two games, and we will be looking to add further to that tally and keep our early momentum going.”
Coming to the Game?
Sunday’s game is a 2PM kick off at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Enfield (EN1 3PL).