LOWFC Preview: Portsmouth (H)

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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 by knocking out a Pompey side from the division above.

Last Time Out

The O’s progressed to the second round of the Combined Counties Cup in mid-week, seeing off Crystal Palace’s Development side 2-1 after extra time.

An Orient squad that was hit hard by injury and illness, went behind early on but showed good fighting spirit to take the tie into extra time thanks to an own goal.

It looked like the match would be heading to penalties, until just five minutes from time when Sophie Le Marchand pounced on a mix up in the Palace defence to put her side in the hat for the next round.

View on the Opposition

Portsmouth ply 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 recently beat Keynsham Town 7-2 before winning 4-1 away at Chichester Town last time out.

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!”