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Leyton Orient travel to South London this weekend to take on Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill in the Second Qualifying Round of the Vitality F.A Cup.

The O’s will be looking to better last season’s run in the competition which saw them reach the Second Round for the first time in their history.

Last Time Out

Goals from Hayley Barton, Katherine Long and Scarlett Smith ensured Orient picked up their first win of the campaign against Stevenage last weekend.

Despite dominating possession, Chris Brayford’s side had to be patient in their wait for the opener, with Barton eventually breaking the deadlock just before the hour mark. The O’s winger showed great close control to weave in and out of the Boro backline before finishing low into the net.

The visitors didn’t have to wait long for their second. After being impeded in the box, forward Long capped an impressive debut with a goal as she powerfully converted from the spot in the 64th minute to double her side’s lead.

Not content with just a two-goal advantage, the O’s found the net once again deep into stoppage time when substitute Smith nodded home Kayleigh Xidhas’ pinpoint set piece.

The Opposition

Managed by Ryan Dempsey, Dulwich Hamlet ply their trade in the London & South East Regional Division – one tier below the O’s in the women’s football pyramid.

Victories in previous rounds over Hackney and Lancing ensured they set up this weekend’s tie. Ella Wales Bonner’s strike in the 1-0 win over Lancing not only secured their place in the next round of the cup, but also extended the Hamlet’s winning start to the season to five matches. However, that run came to an end last weekend when they suffered a 1-0 league defeat away at Eastbourne.

Previous Meetings

Orient and Dulwich faced off twice in the space of a week last season in two separate cup competitions.

Jo Gibson’s first half header was the difference between the two sides as the Hamlet dumped Orient out of the Capital Cup at Champion Hill. The O’s got their revenge however just three days later when, thanks to goals from Ellie Stenning and Egle Trezzi, they defeated the South London based side 2-1 at Mile End Stadium to progress in the CCFL Cup.

From the Dressing Room

Speaking after last weekend’s win over Stevenage, Orient skipper Giorgia Bracelli feels this weekend’s game could provide another benchmark as to how Chris Brayford’s newly formed squad are performing this season.

“It will be a good test for us to see how we can keep progressing as a side and to see how the team are gelling together. Hopefully we’ll put in another good performance that will see us through to the next round of the cup.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday October 18th at Champion Hill, with kick off scheduled for 2:00PM.

Supporters are permitted to attend this fixture. Tickets are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions and can be purchased here.