LOWFC PREVIEW: CHICHESTER & SELSEY (H)

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Following last weekend’s win over Hounslow, Leyton Orient WFC welcome Chichester & Selsey to The Breyer Group Stadium in the Third Round of the Vitality FA Cup on Sunday, with an away tie at WSL side West Ham awaiting the victors.

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.

“Playing at the Breyer Group Stadium is always a special occasion.  The pitch is fantastic and suits our style of play.  There couldn’t be a better place for such a historic moment like the third round of the FA Cup and it’s definitely a boost of excitement for the whole team.
“We appreciate all the support and effort from the club for making this happen and we are all set and focused on giving everything we have to make it to the next round.”

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.

“To have reached the FA Cup Third Round is a huge achievement but we’re hungry for more. Our squad worked so hard throughout lockdown and Sunday was just a taster of what we can achieve as we believe we can take our performance to another level. Sunday will see us take on another team from the league above, but we know we are capable of competing against these teams and coming away with the win.”

Barton also had a message for the Orient supporters who will be watching from home.

“It is a huge boost to the team to know that the game will be streamed live. The stadium may be empty but we know there are lots of O’s fans out there who are going to be cheering us on 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.

“We are excited about the advancement of Leyton Orient WFC in their FA Cup campaign, and are delighted to host them at The Breyer Group Stadium for the next round this Sunday.
“Women’s football is clearly on the rise, and rightly so, and I’m pleased to report that over the last couple of years under the leadership of Martin Ling and Steve Embleton, we have developed a successful women’s college programme.
“Many more initiatives are planned in the future, and at Leyton Orient we think the advancement of the women’s game is a very exciting development.
“We’re all cheering for the team to progress to the next round of the cup, where a tie with West Ham awaits the winner.”

The Opposition

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.

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