Match Preview: Barrow (H)

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It’s Barrow in E10 this weekend, for the first EFL meeting in London since 1970.

The two sides come into the game with different managers from the meeting back in October, with Rob Kelly now in charge of the Bluebirds, albeit as Caretaker Manager.

Midweek saw The O’s draw 2-2 away at Harrogate Town, where Conor Wilkinson and Danny Johnson both notched goals in North Yorkshire.

The Bluebirds

“Over the past 10 games they’ve picked up 20 points – second only to Bolton (23).”

Barrow come into the game in a good run of form, and following a brilliant midweek win over Exeter – where they beat the Grecians 2-1, with Scott Quigley’s goal proving crucial.

Fortunes have changed in Cumbria since Rob Kelly stepped in, with the experienced Assistant Manager taking the reins as he has done so many times in his career.

The reaction has seen Barrow become one of the form teams in Sky Bet League Two, and over the past 10 games have picked up 20 points – second only to Bolton (23).

Scott Quigley fired Barrow to promotion last season, and has kept up his mean streak in front of goal, with 13 in Sky Bet League Two this campaign – no doubt one Orient will have to pay close attention to.

 

The Officials

Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistant Referees: Adrian Tranter and James Vallance
Fourth Official: Darren Blunden

In his 23 EFL games this season, Sarginson has handed out 63 yellow cards and three red cards. He took charge of Orient’s 2-4 defeat to Forest Green Rovers back in 2019.

Last Clash

It was a goal apiece in the reverse fixture, as Danny Johnson’s second-half strike saw a ten-man Orient battle to a point following Dan Happe’s early dismissal.

A word from the Gaffer

Listen to Interim Manager Jobi McAnuff’s thoughts ahead of the weekend.

 

How to follow

If you want to keep up to date with the action from E10, Orient TV Passes are now available on the club website – as the panel are joined by former Orient striker Scott McGleish.

Season Card Holders will have this game included as usual.

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