The O’s women’s team will close the curtain on their debut season in the Women’s Premier League when they travel to face Enfield Town Ladies this Sunday.
Orient go into the final day sitting fourth in South East Division One with 38 points. They have won 12, drawn two, and lost seven of their 21 matches this season achieving a goal difference of 26.
In their previous outing last Sunday, the O’s were held to a 2-2 draw against Stevenage Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead. After falling behind on the stroke of half time, goals from Sarka Stryhalova and Hannah Porter gave Orient the lead before Amy Makewell’s late penalty rescued a point for the visitors.
Chris Brayford’s side were guaranteed a fourth-place finish with that draw last week but will be determined to see out the season with a victory on Sunday.
As for Enfield, they come into the game sitting tenth in the division with 19 points. They have won five, drawn four and lost 12 of their 21 matches this season with a goal difference of -19.
In their previous outing on April 29th, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 away to Cambridge United Women with Laura Baker netting the decisive goal.
Enfield have played nine league games in 2018, only three of which have been at home, and will be hoping to put in a performance on home turf and finish the season positively.
Orient will be without central midfielders Lisa Holmback and Kate Bradley this weekend, while Egle Trezzi misses out through injury.
Top scorer Sophie Le Marchand is available after missing the 2-2 draw with Stevenage while Kayleigh Xidhas, Lisa Fulgence and Vanessa Wilson are in contention after recovering from respective injuries.
Meanwhile, England Deaf International Louise Hogan will come into the first team squad after impressing for the development team.
For Orient, winger Hayley Barton has been a constant threat to opposition defences from the right side of midfield this season. She has started 23 games for the O’s with 15 assists to her name in that time. They will be hoping that Barton’s pace, close control and creativity will cause problems for the Enfield back-line this weekend.
As for Enfield, Katherine Long has started all but one of their nine matches in 2018. She has netted four goals in that time with a brace against Ipswich Town, one against Norwich City, and another against AFC Wimbledon. She will be hoping to get her name on the scoresheet once again on Sunday.
Orient have one win, one draw and one loss from their previous three league matches taking four points from nine available. They overcame AFC Wimbledon, lost out to Milton Keynes Dons before sharing the spoils with Stevenage last week.
Enfield have lost their previous three league games, all of which were away from home. They faced tough opposition in the shape of Ipswich Town, MK Dons, and most recently Cambridge United.
A Look at the Stats:
Orient have scored in each of their last four league matches bagging ten in total.
This will be only their second away league game of 2018, with their previous seven league matches coming at home.
Chris Brayford’s side are still searching for their first clean sheet since the turn of the year.
Enfield are without a win in their previous six league games.
Their last victory came at home to Cambridge United on February 11th. (1-0)
However, they have scored in five of their six league games since netting eight goals in total.
In the reverse fixture on September 10th, the O’s emerged 9-0 victors at Mile End Stadium in their first home game of the season.
Chanel Richards, Ella Meadowcroft and Sophie Le Marchand each scored a brace alongside goals from Hayley Barton, Egle Trezzi and captain Danielle Griffiths.
This was the first of five consecutive league wins for the O’s in a run which stretched from September 10th to October 4th.
This week, captain Danielle Griffiths spoke positively ahead of the game:
“With 4th place secured in our first season in the WPL, we can look back on the season with a huge sense of pride. We will now look to close out the season with a good performance and victory and look to set ourselves for a title challenge next season.”
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s in their final match of the 2017/18 season. The game will take place this Sunday 20th May at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Donkey Lane, Off Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, EN1 3PL with kick-off at 2pm.
(Photo taken by Joe Brown)