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PREVIEW: Sam Ling looks forward to tomorrow's top of the table clash against Wrexham AFC

8 March 2019

It’s been a good week for Sam Ling, first he registered an assist for Josh Coulson’s winner at Havant & Waterlooville before getting on the scoresheet himself to notch the opener in Barrow on Tuesday night.

Speaking to leytonorient.com, Sam expressed his delight at making it back-to-back away wins. “It was a tough place to go on a Tuesday night but going away to any ground in this league and getting the points is hard.

"I thought the boys played well but we didn’t make it easy for ourselves as we could’ve shut the game out earlier than we eventually did I’m delighted we got through it with the points and move on to the next game.” Said Ling.

Ling departed the O’s in 2016 not having appeared for the first-team but returned last February and recorded his first goal for his boyhood Club on Tuesday night, just over a year since he came back.

“I was buzzing to finally get on the score-sheet, it is my first one for the Club but hopefully there are many more to come and it did help make the journey back better than it could’ve been had the result not gone our way."

The defender has experienced a stop-start season so far, he began the first three games before finding himself side-lined through injury until early October.

He made his return in our home fixture against Hartlepool United and played the following weekend against Havant & Waterlooville but was withdrawn early and received further treatment for another month.

Ling made his second return to the side at the beginning of December against Gateshead and has appeared in all games since, apart from our trip to Hartlepool when he was kept at home due to illness.

The busy end to the season has meant games are coming thick and fast but the number two is relishing the challenge and extended run of games he is getting.

“I feel good, I feel fit. I haven’t played as many games as I would have liked to because of injuries but now we’ve got loads of games coming up and plenty of opportunities to be involved in the team, hopefully I can continue to play my part and contribute to the promotion push.”

We have come up against Wrexham AFC twice this season, once in the FA Trophy, once in the National League, both in North Wales and both great results for us and Ling is confident of being able to secure maximum points again this weekend.

“They [Wrexham] are a very good team, very organised and they’ll be hard to break down but I believe the quality we have got in our squad and the depth here is second-to-none. I’m confident that we can go out and earn the three points and kick-on back at the top of the league.”

Tomorrow’s fixture is just our second televised game so far this season, the first came in early December against Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

“Once you get out for the warm-up and especially once the game gets underway, you don’t notice any of the cameras, it’s just us on the pitch and the fans getting up through the 90 minutes and hopefully we can come out on top”


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