The O’s women’s team host Stevenage Ladies in their first FA Women’s National League game of 2019 at Mile End Stadium this Sunday.
This match was due to be played on 16th December, however a waterlogged pitch saw the game postponed and subsequently re-arranged.
Orient go into the match sitting fourth in South East Division One with 18 points. They have won five, drawn three and lost two of their ten league games this season.
They travelled to Norwich City Ladies in their last league outing on 25th November, emerging 1-0 victors thanks to Sophie Le Marchand’s second-half strike.
In their most recent outing, Chris Brayford’s side defeated Worthing Ladies 1-6 in the Isthmian Cup quarter-finals on 6th December.
Lisa Holmback netted a hat-trick, Rebecca Hirst scored directly from a corner, plus strikes from Chanel Richards and Suaila Cardoso Queni who opened her account for the first team.
Orient will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches and begin the New Year on a positive note.
Stevenage Ladies arrive in East London occupying ninth place in the division with 10 points.
They have won three, drawn one and lost six of their ten league games this season. They have been in league action just once in their previous four matches, narrowly losing 1-0 at home to Ipswich Town Ladies on 25th November.
In their last fixture, Stevenage produced an emphatic 7-2 victory against Royston Town Ladies in the County Cup on 9th December.
They have won their previous two matches on the road and will be hoping to secure a third away victory in the capital this weekend.
Orient midfielder Lisa Holmback scored a hat-trick in the O’s Isthmian Cup victory over Worthing Ladies. After struggling with injury earlier in the season, Holmback has worked her way back to fitness to reclaim her starting spot. She is effective in both attacking and defensive phases and possesses a fantastic work ethic.
As for Stevenage, Ashleigh Deacon has netted in each of their previous two matches away from home. The first came in the 2-1 victory over Denham United Ladies on 4th November while the second arrived in another 2-1 win, this time away at Ipswich Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Plate on 2nd December.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient are unbeaten in their last five league and cup matches at Mile End. (W3, D2)
- The O’s have scored in six of their seven home matches this season.
- However, they have kept just one clean sheet at home. (5-0 vs. Enfield Town)
- Stevenage have secured seven of their ten points away from home.
- They have scored twice in each of their previous three matches on the road.
- However, they have kept just one clean sheet on their travels in all competitions.
Orient travelled to Stevenage on 9th September and made it three consecutive away victories with a 2-0 win.
Striker Lisa Fulgence netted a goal in each half to ensure the O’s brought all three points back to East London.
Ahead of the game, Orient captain Danielle Griffiths emphasised a desire to build on their recent successes:
“This is the first game of 2019 and we hope to continue the form we found at the end of 2018. We are coming off the back of an unbeaten run of five games, including four victories, and our performances have been improving week on week. Three points and strengthening our position near the top of the table would be a great start to the New Year!”
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 6th January at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 2pm.