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PREVIEW: Barrow AFC (H)

10 August 2018

The O’s welcome Barrow AFC to The Breyer Group Stadium for the Club's third game in a busy opening week of the season.

Justin Edinburgh’s side enter the fixture having drawn their opening two games of the season, a last-gasp equaliser by Ebbsfleet's Corey Whitely preventing the O's from claiming their first win of the season on Tuesday.

Ian Evatt's Barrow side have had a mixed start to the season, opening their campaign with an emphatic 3-1 win over Havant & Waterlooville with goals from Jack Hindle (2) and Tyler Smith, before being defeated by FC Halifax Town at the Shay on Tuesday.

Barrow survived in the National League by a point last season, Woking's final-day defeat to Dover enough to keep the Bluebirds up despite a final-day defeat to Chester.

TEAM NEWS

The O's will definitely be without defender George Elokobi who limped off with a hamstring injury on Tuesday. The defender underwent a scan on Wednesday and more information will be known in the coming days.

This gives Marvin Ekpiteta a chance to stake his claim for a starting position following an excellent performance against The Fleet. Meanwhile, Dale Gorman and Matt Harrold are unlikely to be involved - both will look to build up fitness with reserve matches before returning to the matchday squads.

The O's should have James Brophy available tomorrow.  He was removed from action on the hour mark, but Assistant Coach Ross Embleton explained that it was just fatigue rather than anything serious.

TICKETS

Ticket information for tomorrow’s home fixture against Barrow AFC can be found here.

REF WATCH

The referee for tomorrow’s fixture will be Tom Reeves, assisted by Louis Marks and Chris Felton with Kane Dempster as the fourth official.

This is the first season Reeves will be refereeing at the National League level, but he was rewarded with the National League South play-off final last season where Braintree defeated Hampton & Richmond on penalties.

Videos

The second episode of The O's show can be watched on the Club's Youtube channel by clicking here.

Episode One features special guests:

  • Martin Ling
  • James Alabi

Assistant Coach Ross Embleton ahead of the visit of Barrow AFC – 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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