LOWFC Preview: Kent Football United (A)

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The O’s return to league action on Wednesday night as they make the trip to Dartford to take on Kent Football United. This will be Orient’s first league fixture for over a month and they’ll be looking to close the gap between themselves and top spot in the division.

Last Time Out

Chris Brayford’s side come into this fixture well rested following the postponement of Sunday’s F.A Cup tie with Cheltenham.

Orient’s last game came away at QPR just over a fortnight ago. Despite falling behind to Millie Cutler’s 7th minute opener, the O’s secured their place in the F.A Cup first round proper thanks to goals from Ellie Stenning and Otesha Charles.

The margin of victory could have been even greater had it not been for the heroics of Lucie White in the R’s goal, but Orient did well to navigate a nervy final ten minutes and set up this Sunday’s game with Cheltenham.

Opposition View

Kent Football United have endured a torrid start to the season and currently sit rock bottom of the National League Division One South East, having lost all eight of their league games played.

Their only victory so far this season saw them defeat Meridian Ladies 7-0 away from home in the County Cup, but since then they’ve lost seven matches in a row in league and cup.

They fell to a narrow 4-3 defeat at home to AFC Basildon last Sunday with goals coming from Lydia Willis and Emma Squirrell. Amy Russ is their top scorer this season with six goals and she’ll be one for the O’s defence to watch out for on Wednesday night.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of Orient’s return to league action, vice-captain Sophie Le Marchand was keen to emphasise the positive effects the break has had on her side:

“Having had a couple of weeks off due to waterlogged pitches, we are very excited to be getting back to league action on Wednesday night. Injury niggles and illnesses have healed and all of the squad are raring to go again.

We’ve been doing a lot of work on our decision making and finishing in the final third of the pitch, so we will be hoping to put on a clinical display of attacking, penetrating football under the lights!”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Wednesday 13th November at Glentworth Sports Club, DA1 1JB, with kick off scheduled for 8pm.