The O’s women’s team will be looking to bounce back from their previous defeat when they travel to face Actonians Ladies in the FA Women’s National League on Sunday.
Orient head into the match sitting fourth in South East Division One with 31 points having won nine, drawn four and lost seven of their 20 matches this season.
Last Sunday, the O’s fell to an uncharacteristic 4-0 defeat away to Enfield Town Ladies. Molly Peters’ brace, Claire Ford’s header and Lily Bruno’s strike did the damage on a difficult day.
With two league games and two cup finals remaining, Orient will be determined in their quest for a top four finish and some silverware come the end of the season.
Manager Chris Brayford unavoidably had to miss last week’s game but returns to the dugout this weekend, as the team look to get back to winning ways.
Actonians sit third in the division with 32 points, just one place and one point above Orient, having won 10, drawn two and lost seven of their 19 matches this season.
The hosts have put together back-to-back victories away from home against Enfield and Luton Town Ladies in the past fortnight.
Alessandra Barreca, Carla Williams and Jennifer Laidlaw helped Actonians to a 3-0 victory over Luton last Sunday.
This will be Actonians penultimate home game of the season and they will be focused on strengthening their place in the top three.
Orient skipper Danielle Griffiths was absent for the defeat to Enfield, but returns for the trip to Actonians this weekend. Her leadership, motivation and communication skills will be vital in lifting the team’s morale and inspiring confidence amongst the squad. Meanwhile, Hayley Barton and Suaila Cardoso Queni return from respective injuries and could feature.
Actonians forward Alessandra Barreca has netted four goals in their previous three games including a brace against Enfield Town Ladies on March 31st. Barreca is a real talent and a huge threat in front of goal, with potential to cause problems for the O’s defence.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient’s defeat to Enfield saw them fail to score for the first time in eight games.
- Prior to Sunday, the O’s put together an impressive six match unbeaten streak.
- However, they are without a clean sheet from their previous four matches.
- Actonians have scored in their previous three league matches.
- However, they have won just one of their three home games in 2019.
- They are without a clean sheet from those games.
Orient welcomed Actonians to Mile End Stadium for the reverse fixture on 7th October, where the O’s came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in dramatic style.
Hayley Barton gave Orient the lead however, goals from Carla Williams and Jennifer Laidlaw turned the tie in Actonians favour.
When all seemed lost, Barton struck an equaliser five minutes from time before Tara O’Halloran headed home the winner with virtually the last attack.
Coming to the Game?
The match takes place this Sunday 14th April at the Middlesex FA, Rectory Park, Ruislip Road, Northolt, UB5 6ED, with kick off at 14:00.