The game will be streamed live on Leyton Orient’s YouTube channel, with coverage starting from 1:30PM.
Road to this Round
Orient began their FA Cup journey back in October with a 1-0 victory in a London derby against Dulwich Hamlet. Katherine Long’s 7th minute strike, in front of a packed crowd at Champion Hill, was enough to secure safe progression to the Third Qualifying Round.
A trip to the seaside followed in early December as Chris Brayford’s side comfortably saw off Eastbourne Town 4-1 away from home. Goals from Hayley Barton, Allison McCann and Kate Bradley saw The O’s head into the break three goals to the good, before Egle Trezzi completed the Orient scoring late in the second half.
The win against Eastbourne set Orient up with their first home tie of the competition, the first game to be played at their new home in Hornchurch, with fellow WNL Division One side Actonians the visitors.
The O’s were down 1-0 heading into the final minute and looked to be crashing out of the competition until Trezzi levelled the scores with a stunner from outside the box. Orient weren’t done there though and deep into stoppage time they found a dramatic late winner through Scarlett Smith to send them into the Second Round.
Brayford’s side made club history last weekend as they reached the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever, defeating Hounslow 4-0 at Rayners Lane FC.
Despite it being their first game in over four months, The O’s started brightly in west London. Goals from Katherine Long, Réa Laudat and Nyara Denny saw Orient race into a three-goal lead at the interval against their opponents from the division above. Denny then added a fourth in the 55th minute to set up this weekend’s tie at The Breyer Group Stadium.
From the Dressing Room
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, O’s captain Egle Trezzi outlined what it means to her side to play the tie in E10.
Adding to Trezzi’s comments, winger Hayley Barton described the desire in the squad to push on even further following last weekend’s resounding victory.
Barton also had a message for the Orient supporters who will be watching from home.
From the Boardroom
Prior to this weekend’s fixture, O’s Chairman Nigel Travis wished the side luck for their game and emphasised the importance of women’s football at Leyton Orient.
Like last weekend’s opponents, Chichester & Selsey compete in the WNL South – one tier above The O’s.
Prior to the curtailment of the WNL, the Sussex based side sat in 7th in the league table with three wins and three losses from their six games played. They qualified for this round after a comfortable 3-1 home win against Orient’s league rivals Kent Football United last weekend.
Chichester’s top scorer this season is Jane Yeates. The forward has scored six goals in seven appearances and will be one for the Orient defence to keep an eye on this weekend.
Follow the Action
The match takes place this Sunday April 11th, with kick off scheduled for 2:00PM.
Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, this game will be played behind closed doors. However, O’s fans can watch all of the action live on the club’s YouTube channel, with pre match coverage getting underway from 1:30PM.