LOWFC PREVIEW: BILLERICAY TOWN (H)

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The O’s host Billericay Town as Fourth meets Fifth in the WNL Division One South East this weekend.

Orient are yet to lose a league fixture at the Mile End Stadium this season and they’ll be looking to extend that record on Sunday as they take on the side immediately above them in the league standings.

Last Time Out

Chris Brayford’s side suffered only their third league defeat of the season last weekend as they lost out 2-0 away at AFC Basildon.

In what was a close fought contest between two sides that are chasing promotion this season, Basildon got the better of the O’s on this occasion, taking the lead through a 64th minute own goal before Holly Turner wrapped up the three points 12 minutes later.

The Opposition

Billericay currently occupy 4th place in the WNL Division One South East, one place and three points above the O’s.

After suffering consecutive defeats in the weeks prior, Billericay have bounced back well recording comfortable victories in their last two league fixtures.

Goals from Therese Addison, Lucy Jones and two from Karissa Rodney saw them defeat Norwich City at the AGP Arena a fortnight ago. That was then followed up by another convincing home win, with Actonians on the receiving end this time.

Addison was again among the goal scorers in the 5-0 win over Actonians and she seems like the one the Orient defence will have to watch out for on Sunday with the forward boasting an impressive goal return of 17 in 17 appearances.

Billericay also have a player who will be familiar to the Orient squad in the shape of Hannah Porter. The central defender left the O’s in the summer to join a club closer to home in Harlow Town, she then signed for the Blues in January, again for logistical reasons.

Previous Meeting

The two sides last met back in February 2019. A Zoe Rushen brace, either side of Egle Trezzi’s equalising goal, saw Billericay come out 2-1 winners at the AGP Arena that night.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, O’s Captain Danielle Griffiths, emphasised the tightness at the top of the WNL Division One South East and that her side was looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat by beating an immediate rival on Sunday.

“It’s still tight at the top, teams are still taking points off of each other. We saw that last weekend with Ipswich losing. There’s still a long way to go because of the weather and we’ve still got a lot of games to play, so all is not lost and we’re still looking forward to finishing the season strongly, starting with hopefully getting the three points against Billericay”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday 15th 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 2PM.

As it stands the game is still going ahead as planned, in line with government advice following the outbreak of COVID-19. However, that is subject to change and supporters are advised to keep an eye on the club’s social media channels for any further developments.