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LOWFC PREVIEW: MK Dons (H)

26 April 2018

The O’s women’s team will be aiming for a third consecutive league victory when they host Milton Keynes Dons Ladies at the Matchroom Stadium this Sunday.

This FA Women’s Premier League fixture sees Orient take to the pitch at Brisbane Road for the third time this season.

At the time of writing, Chris Brayford’s side were sitting third in South East Division One with 37 points. They have won 12, drawn one, and lost six of their 19 matches with a goal difference of 30.

In their previous outing on April 15th, the O’s came through a tough test against league leaders AFC Wimbledon at Mayesbrook Park. Lisa Fulgence marked her first start for the club with a first half brace, Caroline Bisson’s penalty gave the Dons hope but Orient held on for a vital 2-1 victory.

Sunday will be Orient’s penultimate home game of a successful season, and the players would be very grateful for your support on what promises to be a great family occasion.

Our Opponents:

MK Dons have enjoyed similar success this season and will have three games in hand on the O’s come the weekend. With six league games still to play and leaders Wimbledon dropping points, the Dons arrive in E10 with their eyes firmly on the title.

At the time of writing, the Dons sat fourth in the division with 36 points just one behind Orient in third. They have won 11, drawn three, and lost one of their 15 matches with a goal difference of 17. However, a win against Stevenage Ladies on Wednesday night will see them go third and two points ahead of Orient to set up a thrilling encounter at Brisbane Road.

In their last game on April 11th, the Dons comfortably saw off Enfield Town Ladies 5-1 thanks to a Heather McDonnell brace plus goals from Charly Wright, Alice Hughes, and Kimberley Farrow.

Key Players:

For Orient, striker Lisa Fulgence made her first start for the club in the 2-1 win over Wimbledon and scored a brace inside 25 first-half minutes. Fulgence is willing to work hard when operating as the lone striker, combines hold-up play with runs in behind to good effect, and has a clinical edge in front of goal.

For MK Dons, Kimberley Farrow has scored two goals in the Dons’ last two league games. Farrow netted the winning goal in her side’s 1-0 victory over Wimbledon on March 25th, before scoring in the 5-1 win against Enfield Town Ladies last time out.

Form Guide:

In 2018, Orient have taken 12 points from 21 available after winning four and losing three of their seven league games. In this time, they have scored 11 goals and conceded 11 in the process.

As for MK Dons, they have a 100% record in the league this year with 12 points from as many available. They have won all four of their league games in 2018, scoring nine and conceding just twice.

A Look at the Stats:

  • Orient have taken maximum points from their last two league games (six) with back-to-back league victories for the first time since November.
  • The O’s have scored six goals in their last two league games having scored four in as many games prior to that.
  • Chris Brayford’s side are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league since the turn of the year.
  • In 2018, MK Dons have secured nine points against the three teams currently above them: AFC Wimbledon, Ipswich Town, and Orient.
  • The Dons have kept two clean sheets in their previous three league encounters.
  • Their only league defeat this season was against AFC Wimbledon on August 27th.

Previous Encounters:

Orient’s first away trip of 2018 saw them travel to face MK Dons on January 14th where they were narrowly defeated 2-1 in a competitive league encounter.

Charly Clarke nodded the hosts in front on 13 minutes, but Orient levelled just before the break when Vanessa Wilson rifled home her first league goal of the season.

However, the O’s hard work was undone on the stroke of half-time when Louise Naylor’s close-range tap-in proved to be the winning goal on a chilly afternoon in Buckinghamshire.

Brisbane Road Appearances:

The O’s have made two appearances at Brisbane Road this season, both of which came on consecutive weekends back in October.

On October 8th, the O’s saw off Billericay Town Ladies 7-0 in the SSE Women’s FA Cup with four goals from Sophie Le Marchand plus strikes from Chloe McNee, Egle Trezzi and Vanessa Wilson.

A week later, Orient fell to a disappointing 4-3 defeat against Actonians in a seven-goal thriller.

Despite goals from Le Marchand, McNee and Sárka Stryhalova, a brace from Alessandra Barreca plus strikes from Jessica Byrne and Claire Hollingsworth saw Actonians pip the O’s to all three points.

Pre-Match Thoughts:

Ahead of the game, club captain Danielle Griffiths said:

“It is always a special occasion playing at Brisbane Road -  the home of Orient. Coming towards the end of our season each and every game is important and none more so than against MK Dons – potential league champions. We have previously had fantastic support for our games at the ground, which has led to some great performances and results and we hope to have the same support again on the 29th. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Coming to the Game?

If you can, please come and cheer on the O’s at the Matchroom Stadium this Sunday 29th April. The game will kick-off at midday, with admission for adults priced at £3 whereas under-18s and season ticket holders can enter for free. Please note that season ticket holders must present their season tickets on arrival to gain free entry.

 


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