LOWFC PREVIEW: AFC Basildon (H)

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The O’s will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at the start of the season as they take on AFC Basildon in their first game at the Mile End Stadium since August 25th. Orient will obviously be confident due to their excellent start. but the visitors will provide a stern test having not lost in their last three.

Last Time Out

Last Sunday Orient picked up their third successive victory as they triumphed 2-0 over Actonians at Rectory Park in Northolt. First half goals from Sophie Le Marchand and Otesha Charles were enough to secure the three points for the O’s, which meant they kept up the pressure on league leaders, Billericay Town.

View on the Opposition

AFC Basildon, previously known as C&K Basildon up until this season, were relegated from the National League Southern Premier Division last term and as such will be unfamiliar opponents for the O’s.

The side have recovered well following their opening day defeat at home to Norwich City and since that game they’ve only lost once in their last six.

They picked up two wins immediately after that Norwich game, defeating both Kent Football United and Actonians away from home, before losing out 4-0 to current league leaders Billericay.

Our visitors on Sunday are now in the midst of a three-game unbeaten run which started with an impressive 4-0 win away to Cambridge City, and in their two most recent matches they’ve picked up valuable points at home to AFC Wimbledon and away to Enfield Town.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, vice-captain Sophie Le Marchand was keen to stress the importance of this weekend’s fixture:

“Sunday’s game is absolutely crucial for us. We’ve started to build some considerable momentum in the last few weeks and we are desperate to keep that going and put pressure on the two teams above us in the table. 

Basildon are a bit of an unknown quantity, but we are more concerned with concentrating on playing our own game and delivering the style of football that we’ve been working so hard on in training. If we produce the kind of football we know that we are capable of, it should be enough to overwhelm the opposition.”

Coming to the Game?

The side would really appreciate your support if you could come down and spur them on as they seek to continue their excellent start. The match takes place on Sunday September 29th at the Mile End Stadium, E3 4HL. The ground is just a 15 minute walk from Mile End Station, with kick off scheduled for 2pm.