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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town

13 April 2018

The O’s are on the road tomorrow afternoon (12:30pm kick-off) when they take on Macclesfield at Moss Rose in the Vanarama National League in front of BT Sport TV cameras.

Justin Edinburgh’s men travel to Cheshire on the back of a 4-1 win over Barrow AFC, when a Macauley Bonne brace and Josh Koroma goal wrapped up the three points for the O’s.

Macclesfield host Orient on the after a 0-2 win at Boreham wood on Tuesday night, Tyrone Marsh’s double pushed The Silkmen 12 points clear at the top of the National League table.

The last time the two sides met was back in October, when a single Scott Wilson goal slumped the O’s to defeat.

Orient have been in good form of late and after last weekend’s home win the O’s made it three successive wins.

TEAM NEWS

Forward Dan Holman is unlikely to feature for the O’s this weekend after he sustained an injury to his foot in the Guiseley fixture.

Central defender Josh Coulson is likely to be out for a spell on the side-lines after he suffered a toe injury in the 4-1 win over Barrow AFC last weekend.

Otherwise, Edinburgh should have a near full-strength squad to select from, defender Marvin Ekpiteta could make his first start after his home debut performance in the win over Barrow on Saturday.

IN THE BUILD UP

Assistant Coach Ross Embleton previews the Macclesfield clash – here

Defender George Elokobi looks ahead to this weekend’s fixture – here

TICKETS

All ticket information for tomorrow's fixture can be found here.

COVERAGE

Can’t make the game? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed, or listen to audio commentary from Dulcet Dave on Ozone.

Audio commentary will be available through the match centre which will appear at the top of the leytonorient.com homepage, with commentary starting 30 minutes before kick-off.


Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Macclesfield Town V Leyton Orient

O's stretch unbeaten run to five

14 April 2018

Orient made it five unbeaten after Josh Koroma secured a point for Edinburgh's men at league leaders Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose on Saturday afternoon.

Josh Koroma's late first-half strike levelled the scores for the O's after Danny Whitaker's opener. The O's had chances to snatch all three points in the second-half through Macauley Bonne and David Mooney but the eventful game ended level.

Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made two changes to the side that overcame Barrow AFC last weekend. Defender Marvin Ekpiteta comes in to the side in place of Josh Coulson who picked up a toe injury last time out. While Josh Koroma starts in place of David Mooney on the back of his goal scoring substitute appearance last weekend.

Orient fell to a one goal defeat in the reverse fixture when Scott Wilson notched on the stroke of half-time to wrap up the points for the Cheshire side.

Macclesfield Town got the game underway at a packed and very sunny Moss Rose stadium where Nathan Blissett registered the first chance at goal when his towering header flew over the top of Dean Brill’s net.

Danny Whitehead of Macclesfield tested Brill from distance with a powerful, dipping shot but the O’s stopper gathered calmly.

Orient winger James Brophy had the ball in the back of the net early on, but was flagged offside after he collected Macauley Bonne’s pass inside the box.

Danny Whitaker opened the scores at Moss Rose, the midfielder prodded the ball beyond Brill from quite some distance to give the hosts the lead in the 18th minute.

Orient broke in to the hosts half with Josh Koroma leading the line, the front man found a yard of space and fired at goal but for George Pilkington who managed to get a block on the ball.

Soon after, Brill produced an outstanding save to deny Blissett who was free inside the box and headed at the O’s ‘keeper from point blank range.

Successive Orient corners forced a goal as Koroma tapped the ball passed the Macclesfield ‘keeper Shwan Jalal who couldn’t get near the youngster’s effort.

The O’s finished the first-half with the wind in their sails, Koroma collected the ball and ran at the defence before he found McAnuff whose drag back was just a second behind the late run of Craig Clay.

Edinburgh’s men started the second-half in similar fashion to how they ended the first, front-men Bonne and Koroma caused problems for the hosts’ defence in the opening stages.

But soon after, goal scorer Koroma saw his afternoon end early and in injury after the forward made way for David Mooney shortly after the hour mark.

Newly introduced Mooney was involved straight away when his cross for Bonne only just skimmed the head of the leading goal scorer and rolled out of play.

The Irishman was involved again, this time he beat Keith Lowe to Ebou Adams’ long ball forward but the strikers headed touch saw the ball run in to the arms of Jalal.

Orient were dominant in the second-half but a rare Macclesfield chance saw Hancok dive at the ball to head in to the hands of Brill at the far post.

The best chance of the half fell to Orient in the 89th minute. Mooney headed down for Bonne who controlled to shoot but saw the ball blocked, it then fell back to Mooney who smashed the ball at goal but David Fitzpatrick threw his body at the ball to end the game level.

MACCLESFIELD: Jalal, Hodgkiss (C), Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington, Marsh, Blissett, Hancox, Evans (Brugess 25), Whitehead (Kennedy 89), Whitaker.

SUBS: Ramsbottom, Wilson, De Girolamo

GOALS: Whitaker (18)

BOOKINGS: Jalal (88)

 

ORIENT: Brill, Widdowson, Elokobi, McAnuff (C), Bonne, Koroma (Mooney 62), Ekpiteta, Clay, Brophy, Adams, Ling

SUBS: Grainger, Lawless, Judd, Happe

GOALS: Koroma (42)

BOOKING:

 

REFEREE: Peter Wright

ATTENDANCE: 3,110 (223)

 

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