PREVIEW: Stevenage FC Women

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The O’s are still unbeaten this season following last weekend’s resounding victory over Norwich and this weekend they’ll be looking to maintain that record as they head to Hertfordshire to take on Stevenage.

Last Time Out

Orient continued their fine start to the season with a thumping 5-0 win over Norwich last weekend. With the game being played at the Breyer Group Stadium, it was clear that the spacious and slick conditions suited Chris Brayford’s side as they racked up the goals against their East Anglian opponents.

Sophie Le Marchand and Hayley Barton shared the goals between them in a superb team performance, with the former picking up a well deserved hat trick from the left wing. Although, you could argue that, despite Le Marchand’s impressive three goal haul, Barton scored the pick of the bunch in the dying embers of the game.

Her corner looped over the Canaries keeper and landed directly in the top corner of the net. Some might consider the goal to be a bit of a fluke, but the fact that the former West Ham winger has already pulled off two similar goals this season prior to this one might suggest otherwise.

View on the Opposition

After finishing in 9th place last season, Stevenage have had a mixed start to their campaign, sitting 8th in the Division One South East table after four games played.

They got their season off to a losing start, falling down 2-1 to Actonians despite going in a goal to the good at half time. They then suffered a heavy 7-0 cup defeat to a Yeovil Town side that only suffered relegation from the WSL last season.

Following that result, they bounced back well with a convincing 4-1 win away at Norwich, before experiencing 5-1 and 4-2 defeats in their most recent fixtures against Enfield and Wimbledon respectively.

Previous Meetings

The last time these two met was back in January at the Mile End Stadium. Despite strikes from Chanel Richards and Barton, the O’s lost out that day 3-2 to the Boro.

However, in the reverse fixture this time last year, it was Orient who came out on top. A double from Lisa Fulgence was enough to secure a 2-0 victory on that occasion.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, O’s captain Danielle Griffiths is understandably confident about her side extending their unbeaten start to the season:

“We are coming into the game off the back of a fantastic victory and performance and want to continue that momentum. The top of the table is tight and nobody can afford to drop points at this early stage of the season so maintaining our unbeaten run is important.

Going on the road to Stevenage always poses a difficult challenge but confidence is high, the team is gelling and going from strength to strength and we will be looking to bring 3 points back to East London.”

Coming to the Game?

The game is this Sunday September 15th and will be played at the County Ground in Letchworth (SG6 2EN) Kick off is at 2pm.