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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic

17 November 2017

The O’s welcome Dover Athletic to E10 tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) in the Vanarama National League.

Ross Embleton will take his first game as Interim Head Coach and will be hoping to see the O’s respond from the 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet United last week.

Andy Drury opened the scoring for the hosts on the seventh minute, before Danny Kedwell doubled the advantage four minutes before the interval. James Dayton pulled one back from distance two minutes from but despite late pressure the O’s couldn’t complete the comeback.

Dover Athletic arrive in E10 sitting top of the National League, with 10 wins, six draws and three defeats from their 19 matches.

The Whites come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Eastleigh last week, on-loan striker James Alabi getting off the mark in the 31st minute before Connor Essam wrapped up the points in the 57th minute.

Chris Kinnear’s side narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, having finished in 6th position.

TEAM NEWS

The O’s will be able to welcome back Macauley Bonne and Joe Widdowson to the squad after they missed Saturday’s defeat to Ebbsfleet. Bonne had been away on international duty with Zimbabwe while Widdowson was serving a one-game suspension.

Jobi McAnuff came off the bench last week as he made his return from a toe injury and will be pushing for a start this weekend.

IN THE BUILD UP

Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton ahead of tomorrow’s encounter - here.

Striker Matt Harrold previews this weekend’s clash - 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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REPORT: Leyton Orient 1-1 Dover Athletic

Spirited O's draw with Dover

19 Hours ago

Craig Clay’s 78th minute strike ensured a deserved point for the O’s as they held league leaders Dover Athletic to a 1-1 draw in E10.

Nortei Nortey fired the visitors into a first half lead, but Clay was on hand to equalise 12 minutes from time as the O’s dominated much of the second half.

In Ross Embleton’s first game in charge as Interim Head Coach, Orient made five changes as they welcomed the league leaders to the Matchroom Stadium.

Joe Widdowson, Jobi McAnuff, Macauley Bonne, Craig Clay and Sam Sargeant were introduced in to the starting XI in place of Matt Harrold, David Mooney, Zain Westbrooke and Mark Ellis while Charlie Grainger was sidelined due to a hip injury he picked up in the warm-up. Due to Grainger’s withdrawal, Goalkeeper Coach Dean Brill was named on the bench for the first time.

A quick start to the game saw James Alabi force a great save out of Sam Sargeant within the first minute, when the attacker ran through on goal and saw his shot well blocked behind for a corner.

Immediately up the end the O’s were attacking Macauley Bonne’s header from a corner was glanced just over the near post.

Orient attacked again, this time Craig Clay’s through ball to James Brophy allowed the winger to drill in a low cross for James Dayton but the resulting effort was blocked before it could trouble Mitch Walker in the Dover goal.

Dover’s Alabi looked a handful when he bullied his way in to the box before he smashed an effort high over the bar from a tight angle, but Alabi again proved difficult to deal with when his lay off allowed Nortei Nortey to curl home the opening goal of the afternoon.

Minutes after the half hour mark, Jake Caprice’s whipped cross forced a clearance from Mitch Brundle which almost ended up in his own net but luckily for the visitors it flew behind for a corner.

A minute in to the five added on for stoppages Brophy tested Walker from range and the ‘keeper parried the shot back in to Brophy’s patch but the midfielder couldn’t control the rebound and it rolled out for a goal kick.

Both sides returned after the break unchanged from the XI that ended the first half and the two teams created chances within the first ten minutes of the restart but the visitors came closest when Connor Essam headed just over from six yards out.

Soon after, Orient saw two chances go within inches of clinching an equaliser, Bonne’s header was somehow parried in to the air by Walker before Essam blocked Bonne’s second effort off the line.

The O’s continued to press for a leveller as they enjoyed large spells of possession, when Matt Harrold was introduced in place of Alex Lawless.

Orient broke forward from a Widdowson clearance kept alive by Bonne whose header found Dayton. The midfielder then played in Clay who chopped his marker and curled an effort in to the net grabbing the equaliser.

Not content with a draw, Orient continued to push forward in search of a second and with five minutes remaining looked to have taken the lead when Dayton clipped a cross towards the far post for Bonne to direct goalwards, but Dover stopper Walker produced a brilliant save to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

McAnuff then curled a free-kick from the edge of the box over the bar in the first minute of stoppage time, and despite late pressure from the O’s the match finished in a draw.

The O’s are next at home on Tuesday night when we welcome Chester to the Matchroom Stadium.

ORIENT: Sargeant, Caprice, Sendles-White, Happe, Widdowson, Clay, Dayton, Lawless (Harrold 65), Brophy, McAnuff (C), Bonne
SUBS: Brill, Mooney, Ellis, Westbrooke
GOALS: Clay (78)
BOOKED:

DOVER: Walker Passley (Fazakerley 44), Ilesanmi, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Brundle (C), Pinnock, Bird (Daniel 76), Nortey, Alabi
SUBS: Richards, Fazakerley, Okosieme, Jeffrey
GOALS: Alabi (23)
BOOKED: Fazakerley (67)

REFEREE: Joe Hull
ATTENDANCE: 4,548 (537)

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