After defeating Dulwich Hamlet in the previous round, Orient head to the seaside looking to reach the First Round of the FA Cup for the second consecutive season.
Orient’s last fixture came at the back end of October as they exited the Capital Cup at the first round stage, losing out on penalties to QPR at Crane Lodge.
Nyara Denny got Chris Brayford’s side off to a flyer in west London. Some neat work down the right from Michelle Young saw her put in a cross that Rangers ‘keeper Lucie White failed to deal with, leaving Denny with the simplest of tasks to prod home and give her side a 2nd minute lead.
Despite Orient’s electric start, the Rs grew into the game and went into the interval ahead thanks to goals from Ellie Searle and Mille Cutler.
Denny netted her second just after the break as she beat the on-rushing White to a loose pass and slotted into the net to level the tie and send it to penalties.
Unfortunately, O’s skipper Allison McCann was the only player to see her spot kick saved in a high-quality shootout that finished 5-4 to the hosts and ended Orient’s participation in this season’s Capital Cup.
Like Orient’s last two opponents, Dulwich Hamlet and QPR, Eastbourne Town compete in the London & South East Regional Division – one tier below the O’s in the women’s football league pyramid.
The Saffrons come into this tie in good form having won five of their first six games in all competitions this season.
Two of those five wins have come in the F.A Cup. A 2-0 victory over Tilehurst Panthers set up a second qualifying round matchup away at Dartford which Eastbourne won on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game, O’s winger Hayley Barton expressed her enthusiasm to return to football and get the season back underway.
“We are looking forward to getting back to it. The team have been working hard in training to ensure we give a performance worthy of a spot in the next round.”
The match takes place this Sunday December 6th at Eastbourne’s home ground, Saffron Sports Club, BN21 1EA. Kick off is scheduled for 2pm.
Supporters are permitted to attend this fixture. Any support from O’s fans who wish to make the trip down to Sussex will be greatly appreciated by the side as they seek to progress in the F.A Cup.