The O’s will be looking to make it six wins on the bounce on Wednesday night as they travel across London to take on AFC Wimbledon. The Dons, much like Orient, are unbeaten so far in the league this season and this match could prove to be the sternest test of Chris Brayford’s side’s title credentials yet.
Last Time Out
Orient progressed safely into the next round of the F.A Cup last weekend, knocking out Abingdon United 4-1 in the Second Qualifying Round of the tournament.
Abingdon – a side that ply their trade in the division below the O’s – certainly didn’t let Orient have it all their own way though, especially in the early stages, when a superb long-range strike from Molly Lygo gave the home side the lead after just seven minutes.
However, the step up in quality told eventually as Orient notched up three quick fire goals before half time to go into the break with a two goal advantage. Egle Trezzi picked up the equaliser for the O’s, before Sophie Le Marchand curled a shot in to give her side the lead and Otesha Charles nodded in from a corner moments before the interval to add to Orient’s advantage.
Charles bagged another one early on in the second half to complete the scoring and ensure the O’s made the near 100 mile trip back to East London safe in the knowledge that they’d be in the hat for the next round draw.
View on the Opposition
Wimbledon are one of three sides in the National League Division One South East yet to be beaten, with their only defeat so far this season coming at the hands of Actonians in the WNL Cup.
The seeds for their excellent early start to the campaign were most likely sown in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town on the opening day. As of yet they are the only team to prevent the Suffolk based side from picking up all three points this season.
Following that opening day draw, they picked up comfortable home wins against Cambridge United and Stevenage, before drawing with AFC Basildon and Cambridge City.
They go into this game on the back of two victories, one a routine league win at home to Enfield, the other a more eye-catching 7-0 demolition of Ashford last weekend in the F.A Cup.
Helen Ogle and Katie Stanley will be ones for the O’s defence to look out for on Wednesday night, with the pair already having nine goals combined to their name in their seven appearances so far.
Orient skipper Danielle Griffiths, is certainly anticipating a difficult game but its optimistic about her side’s chances, speaking after Sunday’s win over Abingdon she said:
“It’s going to be a tough game. I think it’s the first time we’ve faced one of the other unbeaten teams in the league so it’ll be difficult as always, and being under the lights for a mid-week game adds another challenge but we’re up for it, we’re looking forward to it and we’re confident.”
Coming to the Game?
The match takes place this Wednesday October 9th at The War Memorial Sports Ground, Carshalton, SM5 2PW. The ground is just a five minute walk from Carshalton Rail Station and kick off is scheduled for 7:45pm.