After picking up a point in their first match of the campaign last weekend, Chris Brayford’s side will be looking to secure a first victory of the season at the QE Stadium on Sunday.
Michelle Young’s 80th minute strike ensured the O’s didn’t come away from their opening day clash with Kent Football United empty handed.
The home side started slowly in E3 and fell behind just before the interval to an effort from KFU winger, Charlie Goad.
However, Orient showed great character to battle back into it in the second half. Hayley Barton and Claudia Zahui both tested Charlotte Greenwood in the KFU goal, before the leveller eventually came ten minutes from time. Ria Collins delivered a pinpoint cross towards the back post which was met by Young who volleyed high into the roof of the net to earn her side a point.
Orient handed out debuts to six summer signings against KFU and speaking after Sunday’s game, one of those signings, American defender Kate Kerr, spoke of the spirit already developing within the new look squad.
“I’m obviously from the States but I’ve come back and I’ve found Leyton Orient. We’re such a solid group of girls, everyone gets on really well and everyone is really committed to the team. We’re all working really hard and I think the squad is gelling as a result.”
With the team securing that late goal against KFU, Kerr was also quick to praise the O’s staff in ensuring the players were in top condition heading into a busy start to the season.
“There’s a big group of us but everyone is always at training, we’ve been training three times a week throughout pre-season. We’ve got great staff at the club as well and they’ve been making sure our conditioning is solid. “
When the season was ruled null and void back in March both Orient and Enfield were neck and neck, just a few points off of the top two in the division, meaning Sunday’s game promises to be a tight encounter.
The North London side will also be looking to bounce back after they were left heartbroken on the opening day, falling to a late winner against another side who finished the season near the top of the table, AFC Wimbledon.
Mollie Kmita gave the Towners the lead at the War Memorial Ground in Carshalton before two quickfire goals put the Dons in front. Sheryce Slater looked to have ensured her side a point with a 52nd minute strike, but it wasn’t to be as the home side bagged a 96th minute winner through Jessica Lewry.
Coincidentally, the two sides last met in Orient’s first away fixture of the 19/20 campaign. The O’s took the lead in that one thanks to a goal direct from a corner from Barton. Enfield skipper Nuala McKevitt levelled for the home side just before half time and that’s how things remained in a tense affair at the QE Stadium last September.
If you’re missing your regular fix of weekend football, supporters are permitted to attend this Sunday’s game at the QE Stadium.
Kick-off is at 2:00PM with the ground open to supporters from 1:30PM. The entrance will be located by the turnstile gate on the right-hand side of the stadium. Please note however that inside the ground it will be standing room only with no seating available.
Tickets are cash only and cost £2 per person, while entry for children under 16 is free. Enfield Town request that you provide the correct change to avoid the handling of cash.
Photo – Mikey the Towner