Preview: Cheltenham Town (A)

access_time 2 months ago

Orient travel to Gloucestershire this weekend to take on Cheltenham Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00PM.

The O’s come into this one off the back of a 2-1 victory against Mansfield Town in mid-week. James Dayton gave his side the lead just before half time with a low shot that beat Bobby Olejnik at his near post.

Graham Coughlan’s side equalised after the break, through Kelland Watts, before an own goal handed Orient the victory after Mal Benning turned in Jordan Maguire-Drew’s teasing cross.

Cheltenham currently sit just inside the League Two playoff places following their 1-0 win away at Carlisle on Tuesday night. Reuben Reid’s 26th minute strike earning all three points for Michael Duff’s side.

After going on a seven-game winless run at home prior to the Christmas period, the Robins have now won their last three matches at the Jonny-Rocks. A 3-0 victory over Oldham on January 4th stopped the rot and was followed up by wins against Walsall and Morecambe.

Hollie Gazzard Trust

The Club made a donation of £500, as a thank you to everyone at Cheltenham Town for their amazing kindness and support shown to the O’s at the start of the season, following the tragic events of last summer.

Thanks to Cheltenham fans’ groups 1887 Red Army and the Robins Trust, supporters crowdsourced for a huge 24ft x 12ft memorial flag featuring a photo of Justin Edinburgh and the quote “He made you dream again” which has been a fixture at The Breyer Group Stadium this season. Additional funds raised were then donated to the JE3 Foundation. Everyone connected to Leyton Orient remains truly thankful and we are delighted to reciprocate with this donation.

More information about the fundraising activities at Cheltenham Town tomorrow can be found here. You can also find out more details about the Hollie Gazzard Trust here.

Team News

Ruel Sotiriou, Marvin Ekpiteta and Matt Harrold all missed Tuesday’s victory against Mansfield Town with respective injuries and will all be assessed ahead of travelling to Cheltenham.

Danny Johnson made his first start for the O’s on Tuesday, whilst Lawrence Vigouroux retained the gloves for Orient.

Jamie Turley, Louis Dennis, Sam Ling and Jobi McAnuff will all miss out with long standing injuries.

Last Clash

The last meeting was an emotionally charged affair on the opening day at the Breyer Group Stadium.

In what was Orient’s first match back in the Football League, and the first since the tragic passing of Justin Edinburgh, Josh Wright proved a fitting goal scorer, as Edinburgh’s last signing netted a 68th minute winner.

Ref Watch

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Assistant Referee: Daniel Leach and Nick Greenhalgh

Fourth Official: Rob Smith

Simpson has overseen 19 EFL fixtures so far this season, he has handed out 65 yellow cards and six reds in those games. The majority of his games have come in the Championship, this match will be only his second League Two fixture of the campaign.

The last time Simpson officiated an O’s game was back in November 2014. Orient played out a 2-2 draw with Coventry at the Breyer Group Stadium that day with Josh Wright and Shaun Batt picking up cautions.

Coverage

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.