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LOWFC PREVIEW: Billericay Town Ladies (A)

12 February 2019

The O’s women’s team will relish an opportunity for redemption when they travel to face Billericay Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League on Wednesday night.

Orient come into the match having fallen to a 2-0 defeat against Denham United Ladies at Mile End Stadium on Sunday.

Two early second-half goals from Meila D’Santos and Emma Kern capped off a bad day at the office for the O’s in testing conditions.

Chris Brayford’s side sit fifth in South East Division One with 21 points and five behind their midweek opponents, Billericay Town.

Having under-performed at the weekend, Orient will be desperate to get back on track with a good performance and positive result in Essex.

Our Opponents

Billericay have enjoyed a largely successful season and reside in second place with 26 points, four behind pace setters Crawley Wasps.

They have won eight, drawn two and lost two of their 12 league games, forging the second best goal difference in the division. (16)

After two consecutive home victories, Billericay were frustrated with a 2-2 draw away to Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday.

The Essex outfit will be looking to make amends for the points dropped last time out, while searching for a third consecutive home league win.

Key Players

Orient striker Suaila Cardoso Queni has impressed since breaking into the first team in recent weeks. Despite her youth, she was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ against Crawley Wasps and proved a nuisance during the first-half against Denham.

Cardoso Queni has netted one goal for the first team, and will be hungry to add to that tally tomorrow evening.

As for Billericay, Zoe Rushen has a proven record of wreaking havoc in front of goal. She netted a stunning eight goals in their emphatic 31-0 victory over Rayleigh Town Ladies in the County Cup on 27th January.

She has scored ten goals in two of Billericay’s previous three matches at the AGP Arena and will be keen to continue that good run of form against the O’s.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have found the net in each of their previous three away games.
  • The O’s have failed to score just once in ten games on the road.
  • However, they have kept just three clean sheets during that time.
  • Billericay have failed to score in just three of their 20 matches in all competitions.
  • However, two of those matches came at the AGP Arena.
  • They have kept three clean sheets in their previous five home matches.

Previous Encounters

Orient welcomed Billericay to Mile End Stadium for a match under the lights at Mile End Stadium on 12th September 2018.

Lisa Fulgence netted early in the first half for Orient however, Georgia Box added to Zoe Rushen’s brace which saw Billericay take all three points back to Essex.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the defeat to Denham on Sunday, skipper Danielle Griffiths believes Orient have shown their capabilities against teams higher in the table:

“We know Billericay are good. They’re a very strong, very good footballing team but we tend to have our better performances against the teams at the top of the league. I’m hoping today doesn’t affect us, it shouldn’t affect us. We’ve got plenty more still to give and it will be a good occasion I hope.”

Coming to the Game?

If you are travelling to Essex, the match will take place this Wednesday 13th February at the AGP Arena, CM12 9SA with kick-off at 19:45.


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