Match Preview: Gillingham v Leyton Orient – Football League Trophy Southern Semi-Final


Leyton Orient and Gillingham will be keen to forget about their lowly positions in League One as they turn their attention to the JPT, knowing they are just three games away from a Wembley Final. Both sides exited the FA Cup in the first round therefore they are in the unusual position of playing a Football League Trophy tie on a Saturday rather than in mid-week. Here we preview Saturday’s game:

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This Season

Top scorer: Cody McDonald 6  League One: 20th  FA Cup: 1st Round  League Cup: 2nd Round

Since Gillingham’s last-gasp victory over the O’s last month, Peter Taylor’s side have extended their unbeaten run to three games, though their last two matches have ended in draws.

The Gills struck late on again to claim a 1-1 draw against Bradford City, but last time out they fell victim to an equaliser in stoppage time.

Last Saturday, Gillingham hosted Port Vale at the Priestfield. Dany N’Guessan put the Valiants ahead after 18 minutes, firing home from just outside the area. However, John Egan found the net either side of half-time to give the Gills the advantage. First he found the corner of the net from 30 yards, then ten minutes into the second half he headed in from a corner . It looked like Egan had won the game for the hosts, but experienced midfielder Michael Brown snatched a point for the visitors in injury time.


Last lineup:

Nelson, Hoyte (McGlashan 71), Legge, Ehmer, Egan, Chicksen, Hessenthaler, Loft, Doughty (Dack 88), Dickenson, McDonald (German 71)


 Morris, Lennon, Linganzi, Kedwell, McGlashan, Dack, German


Gillingham defeated Stevenage, Colchester (on penalties) and Crawley Town to progress to this stage of the JPT.


Team News

Gills boss Peter Taylor will have a decision to make concerning Danny Kedwell’s inclusion in the matchday squad. The striker only returned to training on Thursday after suffering a knee injury, therefore he is a doubt for Saturday’s game.

Michael Doughty has also missed some training sessions this week due to illness, but he could be fit enough to feature against the O’s. Josh Pritchard has a chance of returning from his hip injury as well.

Aaron Morris seems certain to miss the cup tie as the Welshman is currently on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

However, left-back Joe Martin is eligible for selection again after completing his three-match ban following his dismissal against Crawley in the previous round of the JPT, though Adam Chicksen will hoping to keep his place.

Ex O’s



Goalkeeper, Stuart Nelson spent the 2007/08 season at Brisbane Road, making 33 appearances in an Orient shirt.

Adam Barrett started his career with the O’s, but he joined Plymouth in February 1999 without making a senior appearance. In March 2011, the central defender returned to Brisbane Road on loan from Crystal Palace. He made 14 appearances. He is currently on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

Glenn Morris began his career with Orient and he spent nine years at the club. He made his senior debut against Dagenham & Redbridge in October 2001 and he went on to make 15o appearances for the O’s, before leaving in July 2010. He joined Gillingham back in May.

Adam Chicksen  spent a month on loan with the O’s in January 2012, making 3 appearances.


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Last Saturday, Orient were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Bradford at Valley Parade.

Billy Knott eventually put the hosts 1-0 up just before the break. Jon Stead squared the ball to Knott, setting him up for a simple tap-in.

After the break the O’s got themselves back in the game thanks to a goal from David Mooney. The Irishman broke through on goal and slotted ball underneath Bantams stopper Jordan Pickford. However, the visitors were dealt a blow when Chris Dagnall received a straight red card just three minutes later. The hosts were soon ahead again when Billy Clarke fired high into the net from a low cross.  Jon Stead then sealed the win for the Bantams by capitalising on Legzdins’ error to a add a third goal for the home side nine minutes from time.

Orient made it to the area semi-final by beating Peterborough, Dagenham & Redbridge and Northampton Town.

Team News

Mauro Milanese has a depleted squad to choose from as he prepares his side to face Gillingham.

Chris Dagnall will begin his three-match ban following his dismissal against Bradford last Saturday. Orient’s attacking options were already depleted due to injuries to Kevin Lisbie (shoulder), Darius Henderson (foot) and Jay Simpson (hamstring) and all three are set to miss out again this weekend.

Therefore, David Mooney could be in line to make his first start since returning from injury at the Priestfield last month, most likely partnering Gianvito Plasmati up front. Shaun Batt will also provide an alternative option.

The O’s are also lacking numbers in central midfield. Jack Price was recalled from his loan by his parent club Wolves this week, while Lloyd James is also unavailable as he continues to work towards a return from his leg break. Marvin Bartley has also been missing in recent weeks and he is a doubt again.

However, Romain Vincelot is available for selection after serving his one-match ban and he looks set to slot straight back into central midfield alongside Josh Wright.

Shane Lowry remains a doubt due to a calf injury. Andrea Dossena looks likely to be ruled out due to a hamstring injury, therefore Gary Sawyer could come into the side at left back. Gary Woods could also miss out again.



Ex Gills



At the end of the 1998/99 season Kevin Lisbie joined Gillingham on loan from Charlton. The striker scored four goals in four starts and three substitute appearances.

Romain Vincelot had a loan spell at the Priestfield Stadium. He scored the winning goal against AFC Wimbledon on his debut and he went on to play in another ten games before returning to his parent club Brighton.

Josh Wright had a loan spell at Gillingham in March 2009, playing eight games as the Gills won the League Two play-offs.

In January 2004 Gillingham signed Darius Henderson. He scored 10 goals in 39 games during his year-and-a-half spell at the club.




Last month, Orient suffered an away defeat against ten-man Gillingham. The Gills had an opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty.Danny Kedwell stepped up but Adam Legzdins made the save. Orient then had a penalty of their own and Gianvito Plasmati converted from the spot to record his first Orient goal. However, the hosts equalised soon after when Leon Legge headed home from a free-kick. Orient had clearly failed to learn their lesson as they conceded a second goal that was almost exactly the same as the first. Orient were lifted by the dismissal of Michael Doughty two minutes later and the visitors’ pressure eventually led to an equaliser. Chris Dagnall headed in a Scott Cuthbert cross in injury time. However, there was more late drama when Cody McDonald scored from a corner in the 98th minute.

The two sides met at the Priestfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in September last year and Orient knocked the Gills out in the first round in a 1-3 win. Shaun Batt converted a 26th minute penalty, before doubling his and Orient’s tally in first half stoppage time. The ex-Millwall man then completed his hat-trick on the hour from a counter-attack. Bradley Dack pulled a goal back for the hosts ten minutes later, but it was too late for Gillingham to mount a comeback.

Orient made the trip to the Priestfield Stadium on Boxing Day for their league encounter against the Gills, which the O’s won 2-1. Adebayo Akinfenwa gave the home side the lead after just four minutes as he headed home from a corner. Orient were awarded a penalty after Lisbie was brought down in the box, but Omozusi’s spot kick was saved by Stuart Nelson. However the O’s staged a comeback in the last twenty minutes to claim a victory. First Marvin Bartley equalised from a corner, then Yohann Lasimant headed in a last-minute winner.

When Gillingham travelled to Brisbane Road in April they were well beaten. David Mooney scored the opener five minutes into the game. Then Dean Cox doubled Orient’s lead four minutes later as he fired home from just outside the area, finishing off a fine team goal. The O’s then grabbed two more in quick succession. Lisbie headed in a Moses Odubajo cross from close range, then Lisbie turned provider, stealing the ball almost straight from kick-off, before supplying Mooney for his second of the game. Deep into the second half Chris Dagnall made it 5-0 as he found the corner of the net from the edge of the box. Eight minutes from time Craig Fagan scored a consolation goal on a bad day at the office for the Gills.



[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants: Mark Pottage and Chris Powell

Fourth Official: James Linington


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