The O’s women’s team return to FA Women’s National League action with Luton Town Ladies the visitors to Mile End Stadium this Sunday.
Orient go into this match sitting fourth in South East Division One with 18 points having won five, drawn three and lost three of their 11 league matches this season.
Chris Brayford’s side began the New Year with a disappointing 2-3 defeat to Stevenage Ladies at Mile End last weekend.
Chanel Richards gave the O’s an eighth lead with a close-range finish, before Nicole Emmings drew the visitors level just four minutes later.
Early in the second half, Hayley Barton restored the home sides’ advantage. However, two late goals from Ashleigh Deacon and Emmings subjected Orient to their first defeat in six.
The O’s will be vying for three points on home turf this weekend, ahead of two tough matches away at Cambridge United and league leaders Crawley Wasps to end January.
As for Luton, they have endured a difficult season to date and arrive in east London sitting bottom of the division.
They have collected four points having won one, drawn one and lost eight of their 10 league games this season.
In their latest outing, Luton swept aside Sharnbrook Women 9-0 in the County Cup last Sunday 6th January.
However, their last league match saw them beaten 4-1 away at Norwich City Ladies on 9th December.
Luton will be looking to make a fresh start to their league campaign this weekend, using their recent emphatic cup victory as a confidence boost.
Orient will be looking to their attacking players for inspiration during this game. Wingers Sophie Le Marchand and Hayley Barton are constant sources of danger down the flanks and influential in helping to breach opposition defences. Le Marchand has exceptional dribbling skills to weave between her markers which is complemented by Barton’s pace, power and direct approach.
Luton’s last league goal was scored by Amy Summerfield who will be hoping to re-discover that clinical edge if selected this weekend. Meanwhile, they have former O’s player Naomi Stirling on their books who will no doubt be looking to give a good performance against her former club.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient have scored in their previous six matches in league and cup competition.
- The O’s have lost just three of their eight home matches this season.
- However, they have kept just one clean sheet at Mile End since August.
- Luton have scored in each of their last four matches across league and cup.
- Prior to this run, they went four league matches without a goal.
- Town have kept one clean sheet in the league this season. (0-0 vs Denham United)
Orient travelled to face Luton Town on the opening day of the season back in August, coming away with a narrow 1-0 victory to kick-start their campaign.
After a goalless 82 minutes, substitute Chanel Richards’ brave header crept into the bottom corner snatching all three points for the O’s.
Ahead of the game, skipper Danielle Griffiths emphasised the need for a response to last week’s defeat:
“I think we’ll probably go into the game as the favourites. Luton haven’t had the best season, but we know they are a good team like all the teams are in this league this season. We definitely need to bounce back quickly, there is a long way to go in 2019 so three points next week would be a good start for that.”
Coming to the Game
If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s this weekend. The match will take place this Sunday 13th January at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 14:00.