The O’s women’s team will be desperate to make amends for last week’s defeat against Luton Town when they welcome Norwich City Ladies to Mile End Stadium this Sunday.
Two goals from Natasha Fensome plus strikes from Stephanie Gale and Lisa Nixon saw Luton subject Orient to only their second home defeat in the league this season.
Orient are second in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, with 31 points from 16 games. They have won ten, drawn one, and lost five but maintain the best goal difference in the division (27).
Chris Brayford’s side are five points adrift of league leaders AFC Wimbledon, who have two games in hand on the O’s. Meanwhile, they are four points ahead of third place Milton Keynes Dons who have four games in hand.
Norwich City go into the game in 11th place with seven points from 13 games. They have won two, drawn one, and lost ten with the second worst goal difference in the league (-27).
The Canaries picked up their first away win of the season in their previous outing as they edged out Haringey Borough 4-3 at Coles Park.
Last week, they were due to welcome Actonians to Norfolk however the match was postponed leaving them without a league game for two weeks.
Orient midfielder Lisa Holmback has delivered some excellent performances this season, making fourteen starts in all competitions. She is a combative player, strong in the tackle with an exceptional work rate which has seen her become a regular name in the starting lineup.
Meanwhile, defender Francesca Cagetti is an ever-present figure in the Orient backline earning 18 starts this season. She is quick and strong, an experienced head with great intelligence and ability to read the game.
For Norwich, Natasha Snelling has scored four goals in her previous four league games where she has started, the last of which came in their 3-1 defeat away to Denham United on January 14th.
A Look at the Stats
Orient have taken six points from nine available at home since the turn of the year, winning 2-1 against Denham United and Ipswich Town before the 4-0 loss to Luton last week.
The O’s have scored the first goal in five of their six home league matches this season.
Norwich have scored in each of their seven away league matches this season, netting 12 goals on the road in total.
They have conceded two or more goals in each of their last four league matches.
Orient and Norwich last met on the 1st October with the O’s bringing all three points back to East London after a 5-2 victory.
Sophie Le Marchand gave Orient the lead after 16 minutes, before Millie Daviss’ free kick for the hosts ensured the sides went in level at the break.
However, Orient emerged a different side in the second half. Goals from Lisa Holmback and Sárka Stryhalova gave the O’s a 3-1 lead, before captain Danielle Griffiths dispatched a fourth from the spot.
Norwich were resilient and pulled a goal back when Charlotte Broad converted a penalty, before Stryhalova put the result beyond doubt with Orient’s fifth ten minutes from time.
Captain Danielle Griffiths gave her thoughts ahead of the match saying:
“We will be looking to bounce back quickly from last week’s disappointing performance and result. We have the best goal difference in the league for a reason so hopefully we can show why this week from both an attacking and defensive perspective.”
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s on Sunday. The match will take place at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL, with kick off scheduled for 2pm.