The O’s women’s team will be looking to secure back-to-back home league wins with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies the visitors to Mile End in the FA Women’s Premier League on Sunday.
Orient come into the match sitting third in the South East Division One table with 34 points. They have won 11, drawn one, and lost six of their 18 league games this season with a goal difference of 29.
In their previous league encounter, Chris Brayford’s side saw off Norwich City Ladies with a convincing 4-1 victory on March 25th. Sophie Le Marchand netted a first half hat-trick for Orient, Millie Daviss pulled one back for the Canaries early in the second half before Hayley Barton’s stunning long-range strike sealed all three points for the O’s.
With three consecutive home games to play this month, the O’s could do with your support as they look to consolidate their place in the division’s top three to cap off a fine debut season in the WPL.
As for the visitors, MK Dons arrive in East London occupying fourth place in the division with 33 points, just one behind Orient in third. The Dons have won ten, drawn three, and lost one of their 14 league matches this season and have a goal difference of 13.
Milton Keynes have four games in hand on the O’s and face a fixture pile-up with five league games to play in April. However, the Dons are in good form having won their last three league matches and will be looking to leapfrog Orient into third place with a victory.
In their most recent outing on March 25th, Kimberley Farrow’s goal saw the Dons edge past league leaders AFC Wimbledon with a narrow 1-0 victory which will give them confidence going into the latter stages of the season.
For Orient, left-back Leyre Bastyr has been an ever-present figure making 23 appearances in all competitions for the O’s this season, 22 of which have been starts. Bastyr is a threat going forward with her pace, dribbling skills and sound crossing ability. Defensively, she is resolute with strength in the tackle and always puts in a shift for the team.
For MK Dons, Charly Clarke has scored twice in four appearances since the turn of the year. Clarke was on the scoresheet the last time these two sides met back in January and will look to be a thorn in Orient’s side once again this weekend.
Manager Chris Brayford should have a full squad at his disposal this Sunday with captain Danielle Griffiths returning having missed the Norwich game through absence.
Meanwhile, the O’s have captured the signing of forward Jade Henry from fellow South East Division One outfit Ipswich Town Ladies this week and will check on her availability in the coming days.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient have taken nine points from the 15 available at home since the turn of the year with three wins against Denham United, Ipswich Town, and Norwich City.
- The O’s have scored in three of their five home league games in 2018, netting eight in total.
- However, Chris Brayford’s team have conceded eight goals in that time and are yet to keep a clean sheet at Mile End this year.
- MK Dons have secured nine points from as many available having won all three of their league games in 2018.
- The Dons have scored four goals and conceded just once during that time.
- They have kept consecutive clean sheets in their previous two outings against the divisions’ top two teams, Ipswich Town and AFC Wimbledon.
This week, winger Hayley Barton gave her views ahead of the match on Sunday:
“Last week was a huge result for us against Norwich after a few disappointing results. That victory has left us feeling even more determined to finish this season strongly, starting with MK Dons on Sunday. We took a lot of learnings from our last game against MK Dons, they are a decent team but we are confident that we can take the three points this time. When we focus on our strengths and play our style of football we know we’ll create plenty of chances to score.”
In the reverse fixture on 14th January, the O’s fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat on a cold afternoon in Buckinghamshire.
Charly Clarke’s header put the hosts in front on 13 minutes, before Vanessa Wilson drew Orient level with her first league goal of the season. However, Louise Naylor restored the hosts’ advantage with a close-range finish on the stroke of half-time to secure all three points for the Dons on the day.
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s this weekend as they look to achieve a second consecutive league win. The match will take place this Sunday 8th April at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 2pm.