The O’s women’s team will return to league action when they welcome Cambridge United Women to Mile End Stadium in the FA Women’s Premier League on Sunday.
Orient occupy third place in South East Division One with 31 points from 16 matches having won ten, drawn one and lost five with a goal difference of 27.
Chris Brayford’s side are just one point behind Ipswich Town Ladies in second place, but trail league leaders AFC Wimbledon by 14 points with one game in hand.
In their previous outing, the O’s fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Southern Division Charlton Athletic in the Capital Cup semi-finals despite an inspired display.
Georgia Griffin opened the scoring for the hosts, before Belen Ripoll-Douton brought the O’s level. Lisa Holmback’s stunning strike gave Orient the lead just after the break, before a Kit Graham brace sealed Charlton’s place in the final.
Highlights of that tie are available to view here.
As for the visitors, Cambridge come to the capital sitting sixth in the division. They have collected 20 points from 16 matches winning five, drawing five and losing six with a goal difference of 12.
In their last outing, they made the trip to Ipswich Town on February 25th. A brace from Natasha Thomas and one from Miagh Downey cancelled out Amber Cantwell’s goal as Cambridge fell to a 3-1 defeat.
Cambridge have lost their previous three away league matches and will be desperate to get some points on the board in East London this weekend.
Orient will be expecting to have the same squad who made the short trip to Charlton Athletic a fortnight ago available for the visit of Cambridge.
Meanwhile, midfielder Lydia Cooper will be hoping to make her return to competitive action with the development team. She has been sidelined with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament since December 2016 and has an outside chance of featuring for the first team before the end of this season.
Orient have been boosted by the return of defender Hannah Porter who has made 14 appearances this season, 12 of which were starts. She is a calm and collected figure with great composure in possession, while her ability to distribute the ball effectively will be important when setting up attacks from the back.
Meanwhile, midfielder Lisa Holmback continues to impress with consistent performances at the heart of the O’s midfield. She is a physical presence with an exceptional work rate, defensive awareness, and the ability to create counter attacks with driving forward runs.
For Cambridge, Amber Cantwell has scored twice in her side’s last three league matches and will be hoping to add to her personal tally against the O’s this weekend.
A Look at the Stats:
- In their four league matches in 2018, Orient have scored five goals and conceded eight.
- The O’s are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league since the turn of the year.
- However, Orient have scored in five of their six home league games this season.
- Cambridge are without a win in their previous four away league matches. (D1 L3)
- In that time, they have scored just once while conceding six goals.
- They have won two, drawn two and lost four of their eight away league matches this season.
Orient captain Danielle Griffiths gave her thoughts ahead of the match:
“Cambridge were our opposition in our first game in the WPL where we had chances but couldn’t quite put the game away. We have grown into this league since then, know what to expect and Cambridge will be defensively strong. The aim as ever is three points to keep the pressure on those at the top of the league and hopefully we can use the confidence gained from the Charlton performance to assist in getting the win.”
Orient began life in the FA Women’s Premier League with a trip to face Cambridge United on August 20th. It was a positive start to the campaign for the O’s whose encouraging performance saw them bring a point back to East London after a goalless draw.
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s this weekend as they look to return to winning ways. The match will take place this Sunday 11th March at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick off at 2pm.