Leyton Orient recorded their first points of the season on Tuesday night and they will be looking to take advantage of back-to-back home games by claiming a consecutive victory. They welcome Maidstone United who will be hoping to record their first win of the campaign. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
On Tuesday night, the O’s made a winning start to the new era at Brisbane Road by beating Solihull Moors by three goals to one.
Orient’s first warning shot came when Jobi McAnuff’s effort clipped the woodwork. Attempts from Macauley Bonne and James Dayton also suffered the same result, as the O’s rattled the frame of the goal on three occasions during the first-half.
It was O’s captain Charlie Lee who recorded Orient’s first National League goal as he poked the ball home from a corner. Despite the home side enjoying the better of the first 45 minutes, in which they could have been further ahead, just one goal separated the sides at the break.
However, just two minutes into the second-half, Orient doubled their advantage. Jake Caprice went on a marauding run down the right flank and picked out David Mooney with a low cross. The Irish striker coolly slotted the ball into the Solihull net, much to the delight of the 4,000 plus O’s fans.
Solihull Moors pulled a goal back with just under a quarter-of-an-hour to go. Oladapo Afolayan played a one-two and drove the ball beyond Charlie Grainger and into the Orient net.
The O’s restored their two-goal advantage almost immediately. James Dayton’s corner deflected off of George Elokobi and into the Solihull goal to make it 3-1.
Orient had shown more resilience and class than they had against Sutton and as a result, they secured their first win of the season.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
Sargeant, Clark, Clay (Lee 75′), Boco (McAnuff 87′), Koroma (Dayton 92′)
Steve Davis is set to have a full squad available to him for the visit of Maidstone and therefore he could name the same starting eleven for the third game in a row.
However, Davis has hinted that he may consider changes due to the busy schedule and some tiredness within in the squad. Speaking to the East London Advertiser, Davis stated:
“We got a few knocks and had tired legs at the end of the Solihull game, so that’s really when the squad comes into play. It isn’t just the ones on the bench either, but the people who have missed out so far because they are all good enough to play in the team.”
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
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Last season, marked Maidstone’s first National League campaign and they adapted well, claiming a mid-table finish. The Stones finished in 14th place in the league with 58 points, eight points clear of the drop.
Maidstone also qualified for the First Round Proper of the FA Cup by beating Billericay Town 3-1.
They were then drawn at home to League One Rochdale and they came very close to causing an upset. The Stones held the lead going to into stoppage time thanks to a Bobby-Joe Taylor penalty, but in the 94th minute, Callum Camps scored a last-gasp equaliser to take the tie to a replay.
At Spotland, Maidstone were knocked out of the FA Cup as they suffered a 2-0 defeat.
Joe Anderson (Bromley), Alex Finney (QPR, Loan), Josh Hare (Eastbourne Borough), Joe Pigott (Cambridge Utd), Reece Prestedge (Bromley), Jai Reason (Boreham Wood), Delano Sam-Yorke (Woking), Johan ter Horst (Hull), Tom Wraight (East Thurrock Utd), Stuart Lewis (Ebbsfleet Utd), Magnus Okuonghae (Dagenham & Redbridge), Harley Willard (Southampton), Alex Wynter (Colchester)
Bobby-Joe Taylor (Aldershot), Alex Flisher (Margate), Tom Mills (Margate), Anthony Acheampong (Dulwich Hamlet), Jamie Coyle (Welling), Callum Driver (Hemel Hempstead), Kevin Lokko (Stevenage, Undisclosed), Yemi Odubade, Ben Greenhalgh, Vasileios Karagiannis, Ben Bridle-Card
Maidstone are looking for their first win of the season, having only managed to claim a point so far.
On the opening day of the National League season, Maidstone hosted Maidenhead United. The Stones came close to taking the lead in the first-half when Harley Willard’s long range shot hit the crossbar. Five minutes into the second-half, Joe Pigott found the net with a fine free-kick from just outside the penalty area. Pigott was then denied his and the hosts’ second of the game when his header from a Harley Willard free-kick hit the bar.
It looked like Maidstone were heading for a first-day victory, however, the Magpies equalised with just two minutes to go. Sam Barratt headed home from a Dave Tarpey corner to make it 1-1
Tuesday night saw the Stones travel to Ebbsfleet United for a Kent derby. A cagey first-half was lit up by Nathan Ashmore’s save to keep out Stuart Lewis’s strike.
Ebbsfleet managed to break the deadlock shortly after the hour. Luke Coulson beat Lee Worgan with a fine finish to make it 1-0. Ten minutes later, Maidstone went two goals behind when Danny Kedwell found the net.
Jay Saunders’ side were already heading for defeat when they were reduced to ten men as Stuart Lewis received a straight red card for a foul on Andy Drury.
Worgan, Hare, Finney, Prestedge, Lewis, Sam-Yorke, Wraight, Anderson, Reason, Twumasi, Pigott
Wynter (Finney 76′), Paxman (Reason 71′), Willard (Wraight 74′), Phipps, Richards
Stuart Lewis will, of course, be unavailable for selection as he will begin a three-match ban following his dismissal last time out.
Alex Finney also looks set to miss the opportunity to face the side with whom he began his career. The former Orient academy prospect is a doubt due to a groin injury.
Former Colchester defender Magnus Okuonghae missed the first two games of the season, however, he could be fit in time to take Finney’s place at centre-back if required.
Jamar Loza remains on the sidelines with a calf injury and therefore won’t face the side he had a short loan spell with in 2014.
Johan ter Horst isn’t fit either due to a shoulder problem.
Jamar Loza had a short loan spell with the O’s in January 2014, but he made just three appearances for the club and failed to find the net.
Alex Finney began his career in the Orient youth academy but he was snapped up by Bolton Wanderers in 2014 before he made a senior appearance for the O’s. He is currently on loan at Maidstone from QPR.
The two sides last met in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2012. A youthful Orient XI travelled to Kent to face the Stones but they suffered a 2-1 defeat, with Paul Booth and Nicky Humphrey scoring for Maidstone. Afolabi Obafemi scored for Orient, but he also missed a penalty which could have rescued a draw.
Robert Evans& Andrew Humphries