PREVIEW: Leyton Orient WFC v Norwich City Ladies

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Orient take on Norwich on Sunday as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season. The O’s have won two and drawn one of their opening three games this campaign and they’ll be hoping to continue their excellent start in the fine surroundings of the Breyer Group Stadium.

Last Time Out

Last weekend the O’s travelled to North London to face Enfield in their first away fixture of the season.

Orient took the lead within 12 minutes when Hayley Barton’s in-swinging corner went straight over Grace Brooks in the Enfield goal and into the net. The Towners then levelled five minutes before half time through Nuala McKevitt who poked home after a brief scramble from a corner.

The second half was a hard-fought contest but neither side could find a winner and the O’s had to settle for a point in the end.

View on the Opposition

Norwich City have been mainstays of the National League South East Division One in recent times and after finishing in tenth place last season they’ve had a mixed start to this campaign.

They picked up an impressive 4-2 win on opening day away at AFC Basildon before losing out 2-0 at Enfield Town in the League Cup. Last weekend they played their first home fixture against Stevenage but again fell to defeat losing 4-1 in that one.

Megan Todd is their top scorer so far this term after bagging a brace in the win against Basildon and she’ll be one for the O’s defence to keep an eye on.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two met the game was also played at the Breyer Group Stadium. The O’s ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on that occasion with Barton bagging a double along with a strike from Sualia Cardoso Queni and a Canaries own goal.

In the reverse fixture back in November, Orient also got the better of their opponents this weekend. Sophie Le Marchand netted the only goal of the game in the 74th minute to ensure her side took all three points home from East Anglia.

Pre-Match thoughts

Speaking ahead of this game, Orient captain Danielle Griffiths was positive about her side’s chances and enthusiastic about the support she expects her side will receive from the home crowd:

“Any home game in front of your fans is a big occasion, playing at the Breyer Group Stadium makes this game that extra bit special. We always get great support from the fans and the pitch is looking fantastic as always which really suits how we want to play.

We got three points last time we came here against the same opposition and hopefully we can gain another victory on Sunday.

We’ve had a really strong start. Obviously being unbeaten is amazing but if we’re being harsh, we might be a bit disappointed we haven’t got maximum points in the league. However, there’s a long way to go and plenty of twists and turns will happen in this division so we only hope there’s good things to come from this side.

We’ve got a really strong squad. We’ve brought in a lot of talented players over the summer which means there’s no reason we shouldn’t be going on to challenge for that championship this season.”

Coming to the Game?

The game will kick-off at 2pm, with admission prices set at £3, whilst entry is free for Leyton Orient Season Ticket Holders and Under-18s.

Supporters will be able to enter the ground from 12.30pm, through Reception.