LOWFC PREVIEW: Actonians (H)

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After defeating Eastbourne Town in the Third Qualifying Round last weekend, Orient welcome Actonians for a FA Cup First Round tie in their first fixture at their new home in Hornchurch.

The O’s come into this one in good form having lost just once in 90 minutes so far this season and will be looking to reach the Second Round of the F.A Cup for the second consecutive season.

Road to this Round

Chris Brayford’s side qualified for the First Round with two victories over sides in the division below.

Katherine Long’s 7th minute strike was enough to see off Dulwich Hamlet in the Second Qualifying Round in front of a bumper crowd in South London. And a near two-month gap between the Second and Third Qualifying Rounds didn’t deter the O’s as they once again fought off an upset, beating Eastbourne Town 4-1 on the South Coast on Sunday.

Hayley Barton bagged the opener just ten minutes into the tie, after some neat interplay between Claudia Zahui and Nyara Denny left the O’s winger with an easy finish.

Kate Bradley doubled Orient’s lead mid-way through the first half, before the hosts pulled one back from the spot.

The O’s were then awarded a penalty of their own just before the interval which Allison McCann duly converted, with the scoring finished off by Egle Trezzi in the 77th minute.

From the Dressing Room

Speaking ahead of this tie, O’s winger Hayley Barton emphasised the team’s eagerness to be back playing in front of the Orient faithful as they attempt to equal last season’s achievement of reaching the F.A Cup Second Round.

“The team are excited to play at Hornchurch FC and would like to thank the club for welcoming us! The stadium and pitch look fantastic, which we hope will suit our style of play. We know a lot of fans are missing watching live football so I hope they will come along this weekend in force and help us continue our run in the FA Cup.”

The Opposition

Actionians compete in the same division as Orient – The WNL Division One SE. They currently occupy second place in the league table with three wins and a draw from their four games played.

The West London based side opened their season with a thumping 5-0 win over Stevenage before following that up with a 2-1 victory over Kent Football United. They dropped their only points of the campaign so far in a 0-0 draw with Enfield Town but bounced back in good fashion, defeating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at Carshalton in their most recent league fixture.

Managed by Danny Harrigan, Actonians reached this stage of the competition with comprehensive wins over Saltdean United and Worthing. Orient’s defence will have to keep an eye on Naoko Wada and Sharon Odofin who have 11 goals between them in all competitions this season, including four in the F.A Cup.

Previous Meeting

Orient were the victors the last time the two sides met back in September of last year as they ran out 2-0 winners at Rectory Park.

Sophie Le Marchand opened the scoring the 2nd minute before Otesha Charles doubled Orient’s advantage mid-way through the first half.

Coming to the Game?

Kick-off on Sunday is scheduled for 2:00pm and admission for this FA Cup tie is priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions with both cash and card accepted.

Hornchurch Stadium (Bridge Avenue, Upminster, RM14 2LX) is a short walk from Upminster Bridge Station on the District Line or a ten minute walk from Upminster station which also has c2c rail services from London and Essex.

Refreshments are available in the clubhouse bar with competitively priced food options to accompany drinks.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place at the ground in the form of NHS Track and Trace, a temperature test upon arrival and social distancing measures. Please wear a face mask in the bar and in seated stands.