LOWFC PREVIEW: AFC Basildon (A)

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The O’s will be aiming to continue their impressive form, which has seen them pick up four wins from their last five, as they travel to Essex this weekend to take on fellow title challengers, AFC Basildon.

Last Time Out

Le Marchand, Charles and Francesca Ali all found themselves on the scoresheet as the O’s came from behind to defeat Stevenage at Mile End Stadium last weekend.

Le Marchand put her side in front with a low finish inside nine minutes in east London, however, the Boro turned the game on its head, as goals either side of the half time interval from Amy Makewell and Ashleigh Deacon saw them gain the lead.

Orient showed great fighting spirit to come back and claim all three points. Charles netted an important equaliser which showcased her physicality and composure in front of goal, before Ali notched the winner five minutes later with a composed volley into the bottom corner.

The result leaves the O’s nine points off top in the WNL Division One South East, with three games in hand on league leaders, Ipswich Town.

The Opposition

Basildon currently occupy 3rd place in the WNL Division One SE with 26 points from their 13 games played. This leaves them one point and two places above the O’s going into this fixture, although Chris Brayford’s side do have two games in hand on this weekend’s opposition.

The Essex based side come into this one in an excellent run of form having won each of their last six games in all competitions. All of those wins have been by more than a one goal margin, with them notching up 34 goals in total over those six games.

A large portion of their goals are scored by forwards Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall, with the duo registering a combined 39 strikes already this season.

Previous Meeting

Goals from Sophie Le Marchand, Paige Anderson-James and Otesha Charles saw Orient run out 3-0 winners in the last meeting between the two sides back in September.

All three of the goals came in the last 20 minutes of the game, and the O’s had Naomi Ogunde to thank for keeping the scores level up until that point, after she saved Grace Gillard’s penalty minutes into the second half.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Midfielder Egle Trezzi, gave her thoughts ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

“We are looking to face our game against Basildon with a positive attitude and a winning mentality. Working hard and playing as a team has paid off with some good results and we need to keep this consistent while we enter a very crucial phase in the league.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday 8th March at Canvey Island Football Club, SS8 7PX. Kick off is scheduled for 2:00PM and admission is priced at £3 for adults, £1 for concessions.