LOWFC Preview: Portsmouth (A)

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The O’s head to Hampshire this weekend to face Portsmouth in the second round of the F.A Cup. Orient’s 1-0 win over Cheltenham secured their place in this stage of the competition for the first time and they’ll be looking to write more history this weekend as they seek an upset against a side in the division above.

Last Time Out

This tie was due to be played last weekend, but unfortunately the game fell foul to the weather. This means that Chris Brayford’s side come into this one fresh off the back of a 5-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspurs Reserves a fortnight ago.

Sophie Le Marchand and Hayley Barton scored one each in the opening eight minutes to give the O’s an early two goal advantage, before Le Marchand bagged another just before the break to put her side three up going into the interval.

Arguably the pick of the goals came from Ellie Stenning in the 67th minute. The O’s forward latched onto Fran Ali’s through ball and produced a sublime finish from a tight angle to add a fourth.

Substitute Michelle Young, scored the final goal of the game in the 88th minute, dinking a half volley over the keeper to put some extra gloss on a fine performance.

Opposition View

Portsmouth ply their trade in the Southern Premier Division of the Women’s National League – one tier above the O’s. They currently sit in seventh place, having won four and lost three of their league games played so far.

The two sides last met in October in the WNL Cup. Despite taking an early lead that day through Otesha Charles, a combination of weary Orient legs and clinical finishing from the away side saw the O’s record their heaviest defeat of the season. Though it could be argued that the 6-1 score line flattered the visitors somewhat.

Since that match, Pompey have played three times. Notching up two wins, including a 2-1 victory away at Cardiff, and a 3-1 defeat to Crawley Wasps.

Rebecca Bath leads the scoring charts for Portsmouth, having bagged eight goals in her eleven appearances so far this season and she’ll be one for the O’s defence to keep an eye out for on Sunday.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of the tie, O’s skipper Danielle Griffiths was keen to stress that her side would be looking to right the wrongs of their last encounter with Portsmouth.

“IT’S A MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE CLUB, REACHING THE SECOND ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME. WE’RE REALLY PROUD OF THAT.

WE’VE ALREADY PLAYED PORTSMOUTH IN ONE CUP AND WE DIDN’T REALLY ACQUIT OURSELVES AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, SO IT’S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO RECTIFY THAT AND SEE IF WE CAN GO YET ANOTHER STAGE FURTHER.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday 8st December at the PMC Stadium, Portsmouth, PO3 5LY.

Kick off is scheduled for 2pm, with admission priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Tickets are available in advance via the Portsmouth website, or alternatively can be bought on the gate.