LOWFC PREVIEW: Portsmouth (FAW National League Cup)

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Orient take on Portsmouth this weekend in the Second Round of the FA Women’s National League Cup. After defeating Cambridge United in a 4-3 thriller in the previous round, the O’s will be looking to cause an upset on Sunday by knocking out a Pompey side from the division above.

Last Time Out

The O’s fell to their first defeat of the season in mid-week, losing out 1-0 to an organised and well-drilled AFC Wimbledon side.

Despite a brave second half effort that saw Orient spend most of the 45 in their opposition’s half, Helen Ogle’s first half header was the difference between the two team in a fiercely competitive game at the War Memorial Ground in Carshalton.

View on the Opposition

Portsmouth play their trade in the Southern Premier Division of the Women’s National League – one tier above the O’s. They’ve made a decent start to their league campaign, sitting 7th in the table with games in hand on a lot of their immediate rivals.

Pompey go into this game in good form having notched up 11 goals in their last two games. They beat Keynsham Town 7-2 last weekend before winning 4-1 away at Chichester Town in mid-week.

A couple of weeks prior to those results, they also picked up an 8-0 win at home to Hounslow so they are clearly a side packed full of attacking talent.

A few names the O’s defence will have to be wary of on Sunday are Rebecca Bath, Tamsin De Bunsen and Charmaine True, having scored 17 goals in their opening seven games this season the trio are currently in red hot form.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, Orient captain Danielle Griffiths, expressed her enthusiasm at the prospect of taking on a side from the league above:

“The WNL Cup is exciting as it means we get to challenge ourselves against teams from outside our division.

This Sunday will be a particular challenge as we face Portsmouth from the league above. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to test ourselves at that level.

We are coming in as the underdogs but our confidence and expectations would suggest otherwise! Hopefully we can cause that upset!”

Coming to the Game?

The game takes place this Sunday October 13th at the Mile End Stadium, E3 4HL. The ground is just a short walk from either Mile End or Limehouse station and the side would certainly appreciate your support in their attempts to achieve an upset. Kickoff is scheduled for 2PM.