Leyton Orient have got maximum points from their last two home games. Now they are on the road again, they will be keen to put the opening day defeat to Sutton behind them and record their first away win. At Hayes Lane, they will be faced with another artificial pitch and a Bromley side that are yet to taste defeat. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:
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Last term, Bromley improved on their 14th placed finish of 2015/16 by claiming 10th place in the National League. However, their points tally was similar as they claimed just two more points in 2016/17 than they had during the previous campaign.
Neil Smith’s side made a reasonably slow start to the season, losing their first three games and having to wait until their fifth game for their first league win. However, Bromley gradually worked their way up into mid-table where they remained for much of the campaign.
Bromley produced a strong finish to season, losing just one of their last five games. They also managed to win three of those final five games of the season which secured a top-half finish for the Ravens.
Eleven of their eighteen wins came at home last term, though they suffered nine defeats at Hayes Lane. However, there has been a big change over the summer as the Ravens have installed an artificial, 3G pitch.
Iffy Allen (Wrexham), Kristian Campbell (Merstham), David Gregory (Cambridge Utd), Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers), Frankie Raymond (Dagenham & Redbridge), Josh Rees (Chelmsford City), Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic), Frankie Sutherland (Whitehawk), Luke Wanadio (Dartford), Brett Williams (Torquay Utd), Ben Wynter (Crystal Palace)
Reece Prestedge (Maidstone), Jordan Wynter (Woking), Connor Dymond (Welling),Tobi Sho-Silva (Dover Athletic), Blair Turgott (Stevenage), Bradley Goldberg (Welling), Lee Minshull (Leatherhead), Ross Flitney (Eastleigh), Joe Anderson (Maidstone), James Daly, Billy Granger, Nathan Ferguson, Shabazz Omofe, Ugo Udoji, Dave Martin, Ryan Hall, Ben May
Bromley are currently in ninth place in the National League. Neil Smith’s side have accumulated just one point fewer than the O’s so far and they are yet to taste defeat this season.
Eastleigh made the trip to Hayes Lane on the opening day of the season. Neither side managed to make the breakthrough and the match ended goalless.
Last Tuesday, Bromley travelled to Dover and returned with three points.
Josh Rees opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour. Louis Dennis worked his way down the right wing and cut the ball back from the byline for Rees who slotted the ball into the far corner.
Neil Smith’s side doubled their lead with twenty minutes to go. Bromley managed to clear a header off of their goal line and they then scored from the counter attack, with Louis Dennis finishing the move by slipping the ball past the Dover keeper.
Less than five minutes later, Dover pulled a goal back. Kadell Daniel’s overhit delivery from a free-kick hit the crossbar and deflected off of goalkeeper David Gregory and into the Bromley net. However, the home side couldn’t find the equaliser .
On Saturday, Bromley played out another stalemate at Macclesfield as their uneventful encounter ended 0-0.
Gregory, Rees, Chorley, Holland, Allen, Williams, Dennis, Wynter, Sterling, Wanadio, Sutherland
Dunne, Mekki, Higgs, Johnson, Porter
Bromley boss Neil Smith is expected to have close to a full squad available to him as they prepare to host the O’s on Tuesday night.
Ex O’s, Ben Chorley, Frankie Sutherland and David Gregory have been ever present for Bromley so far this term.
Alan Dunne and George Porter have been used more sparingly. They have both been named as substitutes in every game so far, but Dunne’s only appearance came at the end of the Dover game and Porter has come on as a substitute in the last two games.
Ben Chorley joined Orient from Tranmere Rovers in July 2009 and during his three and a half years at Brisbane Road, he made 159 appearances. He left the O’s in January 2013. The 34-year-old has been at Bromley since 2015.
George Porter signed for the O’s from non-league Cray Wanderers in 2010. During his two years at Brisbane Road he made 39 appearances in which he scored twice. After rejecting a new contract with Orient, Porter signed for Burnley in July 2012. He joined Bromley last summer.
Frankie Sutherland joined Orient on loan from QPR in October 2013, however, just 38 minutes into his O’s debut, he was stretchered off after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He signed for Bromley earlier this summer.
Alan Dunne signed for the O’s in the summer of 2015 after his 15 years at Millwall came to an end. He made just 18 appearances for Orient before leaving by mutual consent in January 2017. Later that month, he moved to Hayes Lane in a player/coach role.
David Gregory joined the O’s in March 2016 on a one-month loan deal from Crystal Palace. His deal was later extended until the end of the 2015/16 campaign, however, he did not make an appearance for Orient.
On Saturday, Orient recorded a second consecutive home win as they overcame a stubborn Maidstone United side by two goals to nil.
Chances for both sides were few and far between during the first 45 minutes. Macauley Bonne spurned an opportunity for the hosts, while Charlie Grainger made a great save to deny Joe Pigott at the other end.
The match remained goalless up until the hour mark when David Mooney headed home from James Dayton’s cross. The home side almost made it 2-0 when Jake Caprice delivered a low cross from the right, however, Bonne couldn’t get the decisive touch.
Maidstone appeared to have snatched a late equaliser, when Delano Sam-Yorke put the ball in the Orient net after Grainger had saved Pigott’s shot, however, the goal was chalked off due to offside.
Substitute Romauld Boco put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time. Charlie Lee broke forward with the ball and slipped a through pass to Boco who coolly stroked the ball beyond Lee Worgan and into the visitors’ net.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
Sargeant, Clark, Clay (Mooney 79′), Boco (Dayton 86′), Koroma (McAnuff 79′)
On Saturday, David Mooney received treatment for what appeared to be a head injury after colliding with a Maidstone player. However, the Irishman played on until being substituted in the 79th minute.
Steve Davis named the same starting line-up and substitutes for the third game in a row on Saturday, however, he may make changes on Tuesday night due to fatigue in his squad.
Speaking to the East London Advertiser following Saturday’s victory, the O’s boss said:
“I thought one or two looked tired today and three or four when I spoke after came up to me and said they didn’t feel right or sharp.”
“We do have a good squad and some strong players able to come into the side if we want to change it and we will have a look at one or two …..maybe look at next week in a different way and make some changes.”
That could mean that players like Craig Clay and Josh Koroma are handed starts, along with Romauld Boco, who strengthened his case for a start by scoring from off the bench at the weekend.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Clay Boco
Leyton Orient and Bromley last met competitively in the first round of the FA Cup in November 2011 at Brisbane Road. Matthew Spring opened the scoring after the O’s after just seven minutes however, Bromley showed their resilience and the score remained at 1-0 at the break. It took until almost the hour mark for Orient to extend their lead. Current Bromley player George Porter made it 2-0 to the O’s. Less than ten minutes later, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Aaron Rhule received a red card after clashing with George Porter. The O’s then
Matthew Spring opened the scoring after the O’s after just seven minutes however, Bromley showed their resilience and the score remained at 1-0 at the break. It took until almost the hour mark for Orient to extend their lead. Current Bromley player George Porter made it 2-0 to the O’s. Less than ten minutes later, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Aaron Rhule received a red card after clashing with George Porter. The O’s then sealed progression to the second round by adding a third goal. Moses Odubajo’s shot cannoned off of the post and Jimmy Smith was on hand to finish off the rebound.
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