Orient come into the game of the back of a fantastic victory against Cambridge away from home. A superb first half display saw the O’s race into a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Jamie Turley, Josh Wright and an outstanding free kick from Jordan Maguire-Drew.
The second half was quite the opposite, though Ross Embleton’s side did enough to take all three points back to London. A long-range effort from Jack Roles and a penalty from Sam Smith set up a nail-biting finish.
Reggie Lambe and Myles Judd were both shown second yellows in the last five minutes of the game but Orient stood firm to claim a deserved victory.
John McGreal’s team enjoyed a solid 3-0 win against Carlisle and bounced back from the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival opened the scoring before Callum Harriott and Cohen Bramall added the second and third.
The U’s are 8th in the league standings, with 34 points.
We’ve got to be better than that this time. I think in recent weeks our focus has really been on starting games well.
I have full respect for the run that they’re on, they’re a good team. At the same time, we’re in a bit better, positive frame of mind and we need to take that into Boxing Day’s game.”
Conor Wilkinson is likely to miss out on Boxing day after picking up a knock in the warmup before the game against Cambridge.
Judd will serve his one match suspension and with Sam Ling injured, Embleton will not have a natural right-back to choose from.
On the other side of defence, Joe Widdowson could push to return after missing the past couple of games.
Jobi McAnuff, Brendon Shabani and Louis Dennis remain unavailable with respective injuries.
Colchester came out on top when we met earlier in the season, beating Orient 2-1 at the JobServe Community Stadium.
Kwame Poku put the U’s ahead after just three minutes before Ryan Jackson doubled the home advantage before the half hour mark.
The O’s pulled a goal back before half time through Conor Wilkinson, but an equaliser eluded Orient and Colchester held on to claim all three points.
Kinseley will take charge of today’s Boxing day clash between the O’s and the U’s. This afternoon’s fixture is the Ref’s 15th game of the season after overseeing Gillingham v MK Dons last week.
The official last took charge of an Orient game back in October, when the Orient beat Grimsby 4-0 away from home.
Five players found themselves cautioned that day, including James Dayton and Matt Harrold.
In total Kinseley has booked 39 players, sent off four and awarded four penalties, including the one Josh Wright converted in Grimsby.
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