The O’s women’s team are preparing for their final home match of the season with Stevenage Ladies the visitors in the FA Women’s Premier League this Sunday.
This match will take place at Sporting Club Thamesmead, the home of Charlton Athletic Women, where Orient narrowly lost 3-2 in the Capital Cup semi-finals in February.
Chris Brayford’s side come into this game sitting fourth in South East Division One with 37 points. They have won 12, drawn one, and lost seven of their 20 league matches this season and have a goal difference of 26.
In their previous outing on April 29th, the O’s were beaten 6-2 by title challengers Milton Keynes Dons Ladies at Brisbane Road. Despite the result, it was a successful promotion of the women’s team with a great crowd turning out to support them on the day.
With two games remaining, Orient will want to take maximum points from these fixtures before the curtain closes on a positive debut season in the Women’s Premier League.
As for Stevenage, they arrive in the capital sitting sixth in the division with 30 points. They have won nine, drawn three, and lost seven of their 19 league matches with a goal difference of 13.
In their previous match last Sunday, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Denham United Ladies with Donna McGuigan netting for the hosts.
Stevenage have three fixtures left to play with nine points available for the taking. A victory this weekend would ensure they continue to put pressure on Orient and Actonians in fourth and fifth respectively.
Orient winger Sophie Le Marchand has enjoyed an excellent campaign with 23 goals and 15 assists in all competitions this season. This record contributed to Le Marchand being named Orient Women’s Player of the Season at the club’s awards dinner. Orient will be hoping her trickery and driving runs at defences will cause problems against Stevenage this weekend.
For Stevenage, Nicole Emmings scored two goals in two games during the victory over Norwich City and defeat to Ipswich Town in back-to-back matches in April. She will be hoping to add to that tally as her side look to consolidate a top half finish.
Orient have secured six points from the previous nine available, with victories against Norwich City and AFC Wimbledon before the defeat to MK Dons most recently.
Stevenage are without a win in their previous three league games, taking one point from nine available after one draw and two defeats during three consecutive home matches.
A Look at the Stats:
Orient have taken 12 points from 21 available at home in the league in 2018 with four wins and three defeats.
The O’s have scored two or more goals in their previous three league matches, netting eight in total.
However, they are still without a clean sheet in the league since the turn of the year having conceded 17 goals.
Stevenage have taken nine points from 12 available on their travels in 2018 with three wins and one defeat.
During those four games, they have bagged 14 goals and conceded just five.
However, they have kept just one league clean sheet on the road during 2018 with a 1-0 victory against Norwich City on April 15th.
In the reverse fixture on November 26th, the O’s recorded a hard-fought 2-0 victory against a tough Stevenage side on a cold afternoon in Hertfordshire.
Captain Danielle Griffiths dispatched from the spot just after the hour mark, before Sárka Stryhalova made sure of the points with a close-range finish three minutes from time.
This week, skipper Danielle Griffiths gave her thoughts ahead of the game:
“Stevenage have got results against some of the top teams in this league and we know from our previous encounter that they can be very difficult to break down. We will need to be at the top of our game to get a result and, given it is the penultimate game of our season, we want to get three points to finish our first season in the WPL positively.”
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s in their last home game of the season this weekend.
The match will take place this Sunday 13th May at Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ, with kick-off at 2pm.