Preview: Grimsby Town (H)

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Orient take on 17th place Grimsby Town on Saturday in what will be the first fixture of the new decade at the Breyer Group Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 03:00pm.

Following his appointment as permanent Head Coach during the week, Ross Embleton will be hoping his side can bounce back from the New Year’s Day defeat away at Walsall.

The O’s fell behind to a Josh Gordon goal just before the interval at the Banks’s Stadium, and despite the Saddlers being reduced to ten men mid-way through the second half, an equaliser proved elusive.

Grimsby started the season in relatively good form, notching up wins against Morecambe, Port Vale and Walsall in the early weeks of the campaign. However, a run of seven games without a victory saw manager Michael Jolley depart the club in November.

Jolley’s assistant, Anthony Limbrick steadied the ship only losing three of his eight games as caretaker manager, including a notable 1-0 win at home to Salford in his final match in charge on New Year’s Day.

Former Blackpool and QPR manager Ian Holloway was installed as the Mariners new boss prior to last weekend’s fixture with Mansfield, and the Bristolian got off to a flyer defeating the Stags 1-0 away from home, despite playing the majority of the affair with ten men due to Luke Waterfall’s early dismissal.

Last Meeting

Orient ran out comfortable 4-0 winners the last time the two sides met back in October at Blundell Park.

Goals from Dan Happe and Josh Coulson saw Orient go into the half time break two goals to the good, before a fine run and finish from James Alabi and a Josh Wright penalty put the gloss on a memorable away day for the O’s.

 

Team News

George Marsh remains an option in midfield after extending his loan deal with the O’s until the end of the season.

However, Dale Gorman will be unavailable after joining fellow League Two side Newport County on loan, until the end of the season.

Sam Ling is expected to be sidelined until early February with a groin problem and both Dean Brill and Jobi McAnuff remain out with respective injuries.

Ref Watch

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistant Referees: Kevin Howick and Mike Desborough

Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

Finnie has taken charge of 16 EFL fixtures so far this term, including 11 in League Two. In those games he has handed out 60 yellow cards at an average of 3.75 per game as well as one red card.

He last took charge of an Orient game back in April when he oversaw the 2-1 defeat away at Bromley. On that day he cautioned Joe Widdowson and James Brophy, along with showing Marvin Ekpiteta a straight red in the 48th minute.

Can’t make the game? You can follow live updates through the Club’s Twitter feed. Post-match reaction will also appear on leytonorient.com shortly after the final whistle.

Overseas fans can watch the match via the Orient TV Live-Stream, sponsored by The Lion and Key Hotel for just £5, while domestic fans can listen to the audio stream, with commentary from Dave Victor, for just £2.50.

Author: Brendan Pitcher