LOWFC Preview: Stevenage (H)

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Orient take on Stevenage in what will be their first league fixture at the Mile End Stadium for over three months. With a number of games in hand on their rivals, a league title still remains a possibility for the O’s and this Sunday’s game presents a great opportunity to close the gap on league leaders, Ipswich Town.

Last Time Out

The O’s bounced back from exiting the Capital Cup at the hands of Dulwich Hamlet at the weekend with a 2-1 win over the same opposition in the CCFL Cup at the Mile End Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Egle Trezzi gave Orient a 7th minute lead with a well-controlled half volley into the bottom corner, before Ellie Stenning doubled the advantage eight minutes later. The O’s centre forward showing great poacher’s instincts to prod home after Dulwich’s ‘keeper spilled Hayley Barton’s effort back into the six-yard box.

Jess Hand pulled one back for the visitors with ten minutes remaining, but Chris Brayford’s side showed some excellent game management to see out the final stages and book their place in the CCFL Cup Quarter Finals.

The Opposition

Stevenage currently occupy 9th place in the WNL Division One South East with ten points from their 13 games played.

The Boro can certainly be described as a team that provides good entertainment value for the neutral, with their last 15 fixtures in all competitions averaging well over five goals per game.

Although they score plenty themselves, they won’t be happy with the amount of goals they have conceded. Especially in their last two fixtures which saw them on the receiving end of heavy defeats to the two East Anglian sides in the division, losing 6-3 at home to Norwich and 7-0 away to Ipswich.

Someone who does provide an awful lot of their goals is Amy Makewell. The forward boasts an impressive record of 13 goals in 19 appearances, and she’ll certainly be one for the O’s defence to keep a watchful eye on this weekend.

Previous Meeting

Orient defeated Stevenage 3-1 when the two sides last met back in September. Two goals from Otesha Charles and one from Connie Montiel-McCann saw the O’s go into a three-goal lead at the County Ground, before Amy Makewell pulled one back at the death for the home side.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, O’s winger, Hayley Barton, emphasised her side’s desire to push on as they enter a crucial stage of the season.

“The team were pleased to bounce back against a very good Dulwich Hamlet team on Wednesday night. This has spurred us on to get back to winning ways in the league and make sure we secure 3 points this weekend.

We have three games in hand on the top 3 teams in our league. This gives us a great opportunity to get ourselves back in the mix and is all the motivation we need going into Sunday’s game against Stevenage.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday 1st March 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 2:00PM.