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LOWFC PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon (H)

13 April 2018

Leyton Orient Women will be aiming to achieve back-to-back victories with table toppers AFC Wimbledon Ladies their opposition in the FA Women’s Premier League this Sunday.

The O’s come into this match sitting fourth in South East Division One with 34 points. They have won 11, drawn one, and lost six of their 18 league games with a goal difference of 29.

Chris Brayford’s side have been without competitive action for three weeks after their match against Milton Keynes Dons last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

In their previous outing on March 25th, Orient convincingly defeated Norwich City Ladies 4-1 at Mile End. Sophie Le Marchand netted a first half hat-trick, Millie Daviss pulled a goal back for the Canaries early in the second half before Hayley Barton’s superb long-range strike sealed the three points.

With Mile End Stadium unavailable, this match will take place at Mayesbrook Park, the home of Barking FC, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR.

Our Opponents:

AFC Wimbledon have enjoyed a magnificent season and top the table with 48 points from 57 available this season.

The Dons have won 16 and lost just three of their 19 matches this season and boast the division’s best goal difference with 43.

In their previous fixture on March 25th, they slipped to a rare 1-0 defeat at the hands of second placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies.

Chris Lyons side are 12 points clear at the top with three games remaining, all of which are away to teams in the top five.

Team News:

Orient will be without the midfield duo of Egle Trezzi and Ellie Davies this weekend whilst striker Sárka Stryhalova is also absent.

Meanwhile, forward Jade Henry will be looking for her first action in an Orient shirt after signing from fellow South East Division One outfit Ipswich Town Ladies on April 3rd.

Key Players:

For Orient, they will need to be organised in defence if they are to come away with a good result this weekend. The leadership skills and experience of captain Danielle Griffiths, who has made 21 starts for the O’s this season, will be vital at the heart of their back line. She has a solid understanding of the game, physicality, but also offers an attacking threat with good delivery from set-pieces.

As for Wimbledon, Georgia Heasman is a threat going forward with seven goals in five appearances since the start of 2018 including a hat-trick in the 12-2 win over Haringey Borough on February 11th.

A Look at the Stats:

  • Orient have collected nine points from 15 available at home since the turn of the year.
  • The O’s have scored eight and conceded eight during their five home league games in 2018.
  • Chris Brayford’s side are yet to achieve a clean sheet at home in the league this year.
  • Wimbledon’s last three league games have been away from home, where they have taken six points from nine available with two wins and one defeat.
  • The Dons scored in two of those three matches netting eleven in total.
  • However, Chris Lyons’ side have failed to keep a clean sheet in six league games with their last coming in the 2-0 victory over Cambridge United Women on January 7th.


Captain’s Comments:

This week, Danielle Griffiths gave her views ahead of the game:
“Sunday’s game is one of the toughest matches in the fixture calendar against the league leaders. However, they are not infallible. We know that if we are at the top of our game on Sunday we can cause them issues. We do not want to be passive. We want to take the game to Wimbledon and make it very difficult for them.”

Previous Encounters:

Orient travelled to face Wimbledon on the 3G surface at Gander Green Lane, the home of Sutton United, on December 10th. This was the only game in South East Division One to go ahead after snowfall caused other fixtures to be postponed.

The O’s fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat with Katie Stanley, Jordanne Hoesli Atkins, and Kelly-Jade Whelan finding the net for the Dons in difficult conditions.

Coming to the Game?

As a reminder, the match will take place this Sunday April 15th at Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR. If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s in what promises to be an entertaining top of the table clash.


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