The O’s women’s team face a tough test in the shape of Billericay Town Ladies who travel to Mile End Stadium in the FA Women’s National League on Wednesday night.
Orient come into the match sitting third in South East Division One with six points from their opening three league games. (2W 1L)
On Sunday, Chris Brayford’s side recorded a hard-fought 0-2 victory against Stevenage Ladies with Lisa Fulgence bagging a brace in Hertfordshire.
This will be the O’s first midweek fixture of the season, and their second home match of the campaign after being on the road for their previous two games in both league and cup.
Billericay are currently enjoying their first season in the FA Women’s National League having earned promotion last season.
They go into the match against Orient sitting second in the division with nine points from as many available and a goal difference of 9.
On Sunday, they edged out AFC Wimbledon Ladies 1-0 thanks to Megan Jiggins’ 26th minute goal.
The visitors will be hoping to maintain their 100% record and will undoubtedly be Orient’s toughest test of the season so far.
For Orient, midfielder Tara O’Halloran impressed during the win over Stevenage at the weekend. Having been sidelined by long-term injury last season, O’Halloran has returned to first team action and proven to be a welcome addition to the squad. She is a physical and determined figure with unquestionable work rate which will be required against an in-form Billericay outfit.
Billericay’s Samantha Pittuck scored five goals in two games prior to last weekend. She netted a brace against Stevenage Ladies in the league on 26th August and a hat-trick against Maidenhead United in the cup on 2nd September. Pittuck will be keen to add to this clinical tally against the O’s this week.
A Look at the Stats:
- Orient have taken six points from nine available having won two and lost one of their opening three league games.
- The O’s have scored in two of their three league encounters so far this season netting three goals in total.
- Chris Brayford’s side have kept two clean sheets during their opening three league matches.
- Billericay have a 100% record after three consecutive league victories this season.
- They have scored 10 goals in that time whilst conceding just one in the process.
- Like Orient, they have kept two clean sheets from their opening three league matches.
Orient welcomed Billericay Town Ladies to the Breyer Group Stadium on 8th October last season in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
The O’s impressed with a 7-0 victory thanks to four goals from Sophie Le Marchand plus strikes from Chloe McNee, Egle Trezzi and former Billericay player Vanessa Wilson.
Speaking after netting both goals in the victory over Stevenage on Sunday, striker Lisa Fulgence was anticipating a difficult test against Billericay:
“It’s going to be a tough game coming from this game where it’s been a tough game again. We just need to make sure we rest, do what we need to do, because on Wednesday we can’t take anything for granted. They were a good side last season, they’ve got a lot more players, they’ve got better. We’re going to go into it the same way we came into this game, hopefully we have a fast start and we do what we need to do.”
Coming to the Game?
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s in their first midweek game of the season. The match will take place this Wednesday 12th September at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 19:45.