LOWFC Preview: Dulwich Hamlet (H)

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The O’s return to the Mile End Stadium for the first time since late November on Wednesday as they take on Dulwich Hamlet in the 2nd round of the CCFL Cup.

After defeating Crystal Palace’s Development side 2-1 in the previous round, Orient will be looking to progress further in this competition at the expense of a Dulwich side that knocked them out of the Capital Cup last weekend.

Last Time Out

Jo Gibson’s first half header proved the difference between the two sides in a cagey affair in South London, as Orient exited the Capital Cup at the Quarter Final stage with a 1-0 defeat to Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill on Sunday.

The O’s battled back and controlled the majority of possession in the second half,  Hayley Barton and Sophie Le Marchand both had chances to equalise late on but were denied by a stubborn Dulwich backline who now progress to the Capital Cup Semi-Finals.

The Opposition

Managed by Marvin Dempsey, Dulwich ply their trade in the South East Premier Division, one tier below the O’s. They sit second in the league standings with seven wins, three draws and a loss in their 11 games played.

They come into this fixture on a five-game unbeaten run, following wins over Fulham, QPR and of course Orient. Their two previous matches before last weekend’s game saw them pick up successive draws against Ashford Town (Middlesex) and Denham United.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking after Sunday’s defeat to the Hamlet, O’s captain, Danielle Griffiths, expressed her side’s desire to put things right in Wednesday’s game against the same opponents.

“Being able to have a game so quickly against the same opposition means we know how they’re going to play, and we’ve definitely got that fire in our bellies now to avenge this defeat. I’m really looking forward to the game and glad it’s coming so quickly.”

Griffiths went onto explain what she feels her side needs to do to bounce back from the loss at the weekend.

“We need to work together a lot more, help each other, show for each other. Our movement wasn’t what it should have been today, and we all made a few unforced errors, so cutting out those errors and going back to basics should hopefully see us get back to winning form.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Wednesday 26th February at the Mile End Stadium, E3 4HL. The ground is situated just a ten-minute walk from either Mile End or Limehouse stations and kick off is scheduled for 7:45PM.