Match Preview: Trip to Salford to start the season

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The waiting is finally done, and it’s time for the first weekend of the SkyBet League Two season.

Leyton Orient kick-off the 2021/22 season away at the Peninsula Stadium against Salford City, in Kenny Jackett’s first competitive game in charge of The O’s.

Whilst Adam Thompson and Harry Smith are back on the grass and continuing to step up their recovery, the weekend will come too soon for them.

Paul Smyth and Aaron Drinan will hope to recover in time for the game, having missed out on the final pre-season game against Gillingham.

The Ammies

Salford City are coming into their third League Two campaign with the aim of promotion, after falling just short of the playoffs last season.

Gary Bowyer’s side come into the game on the back of a strong pre-season, winning three of their four pre-season games.

Last campaign, Salford missed out on the play-offs by two points but were successful in the delayed Papa John’s Trophy final against Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth side at Wembley.

Richie Wellens’ short lived tenure saw Bowyer replace him on a short-term basis, before taking the job permanently in the summer.

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Key Players

Ian Henderson – The thirty-six year old has always been a reliable Football League goal-scorer over the years and it’s been no different in his time at the Peninsula Stadium.

The forward scored seventeen league goals for The Ammies last season helping his side to their highest ever league finish.

Salford boosted their attacking ranks over the summer with the arrival of Connor McAleney from Oldham Athletic. The former Everton academy graduate penned a two-year deal with The Ammies, having bagged himself seventeen goals in League Two last term.

Kenny Jackett: Pre-Match thoughts

Ahead of the game, Kenny Jackett spoke about the strong levels of cohesion in the team, and the desire to start the season on a positive foot.

The Officials

Referee: Andrew Kitchen

Assistants: Steven Rushton and Lisa Rashid

Fourth Official: Peter Gooch

This will be referee Andrew Kitchen’s first game in the EFL, following his promotion from the National League in the summer.

How to follow the action

Tickets are available on the day at the Peninsula Stadium for those yet to purchase, of which you can read more here.

If you want to keep up to date with the action from The Peninsula Stadium, Orient TV Passes are now available on the club website.

Overseas supporters can access Orient Live as usual, with our pre-match show – whilst UK based supporters can only listen to commentary.

To view the available packages, click here.

TOCA Social

 Book your post-match night out now at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival!