MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Solihull Moors – National League

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to put Saturday’s defeat behind them and record their first win in their first home game of the season. The O’s will host a fresh Solihull Moors side after their opening fixture at the weekend was postponed. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:

 

[textmarker color=”D40808″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

On Saturday, the O’s began their National League campaign with a defeat against Sutton United in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Sutton took the lead fifteen minutes into the match when Joe Widdowson was judged to have brought down Craig Dundas in the box. U’s skipper  James Collins stepped up and sent Charlie Grainger the wrong way from the spot to make it 1-0.

Orient began to get into the game after going behind, but they were struggling to break down the hosts’ defence and didn’t manage to really test Jamie Butler in the Sutton goal.

Ten minutes before the break, Paul Doswell’s men doubled their advantage. Ross Lafayette whipped a cross in from the right flank, Dean Beckwith had been left unmarked and he beat Grainger to the delivery to make it 2-0.

In the second-half, Orient continued to make heavy work of it, and they could only muster long range shots and unsuccessful crosses. Sutton held firm and managed to claim the opening day victory.

Last Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Lee  Lawless

Dayton  Mooney  McAnuff

Bonne

(4-2-3-1)

Substitutes:

Sargeant, Clark, Clay (Lee 80′), Boco (Dayton 84′), Koroma (McAnuff 69′)

Team News

Steve Davis set the O’s out in a 4-2-3-1 as expected, but the shape later morphed into a 4-4-2 and then almost a 4-2-4 as Orient chased the game.

O’s captain Charlie Lee recovered from his knee injury to lead the team out at Gander Green Lane.

Due to the limit of five players on the substitute bench the likes of Tristan Abrahams and Myles Judd were not in the matchday squad. Jamie Sendles-White was not included either, possibly due to him being behind in terms of fitness.

Despite the disappointing performance at the weekend, it seems likely that Steve Davis will stick with the same side in a bit to improve team cohesion.

 

Expected Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Lee  Lawless

Dayton  Mooney  McAnuff

Bonne

(4-2-3-1)

 

 

[textmarker color=”002DC2″ type=”background color”]Solihull Moors[/textmarker]

Last Season

National League: 16th FA Cup: 2nd Round  FA Trophy: 1st Round  Top scorer: Akwasi Asante  13

Last season, Solihull embarked on their first National League campaign. The 2015/16 National League North Champions managed to avoid an immediate return to the sixth tier by five points, as they finished last season in 16th place with 55 points.

In the FA Cup, the Moors beat Kettering to qualify for the first round proper.

They were then drawn against League Two Yeovil Town and Liam McDonald’s side managed to force a replay by securing a 2-2 draw at Huish Park thanks to a Jack Byrne brace. The replay also ended in a draw after extra time, but Solihull progressed by winning 4-2 on penalties.

However, the Moors’ cup run came to an abrupt end in the second round as they were comprehensively beaten 6-2 by Luton Town.

 

Summer Transfers

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This Season

Solihull Moors were set to host Chester on Saturday, however, the match was postponed due to safety concerns at Damson Park.

Liam McDonald has overhauled his squad, making 15 signings over the summer, but two of those new additions stand out.

Former Birmingham and West Brom midfielder Darren Carter has joined and he will captain Solihull this term. He brings experience having played in the Premier League and the Championship and he was a part of the Forest Green Rovers squad that won promotion from the National League via the play-offs last term.

Jermaine Hylton is the other most notable new addition. The former Birmingham trainee was snapped up by Swindon Town in January 2015 after a prolific spell with Southern Football League Premier Division side Redditch United, for whom he scored 45 goals in 54 games. However, the striker found goals far harder to come by at League One level and he was released by the Robins at the end of last season after scoring one goal for the club in 46 appearances.

The Moors began their preparations with a 0-2 win over Barwell and they then defeated League One Walsall at Damson Park by three goals to two.

Solihull continued to face stiff opposition as they played host to Championship Burton Albion. The Brewers overcame Liam McDonald’s side in a 1-2 win. However, the Moors returned to winning ways in their next pre-season outing by beating Stratford Town 2-0.

Solihull ended their pre-season with a 2-0 win over West Brom Under-23s,  with Jordan Cullinane-Liburd and Luke Benbow getting on the scoresheet.

Last Line-up:

Vaughan, Carter, Murombedzi, Benbow, Cullinane-Liburd, Maye, Dunkley, Green, Carline, Trueman, K. Green

Substitutes:

Thomas, Edwards, Mellors-Blair, Tonks, Cleary, Kelleher, William Mellors-Blair, Dunkley

 

Team News

Solihull have a number of injury concerns ahead of the trip to Brisbane Road.

Calum Flanagan and Ashley Sammons missed pre-season due to injury, therefore, they are likely to miss the match against the O’s.

Chris Lait is also currently on the sidelines as he is still recovering from an injury that he sustained last season.

There is also concern over the fitness of Jermaine Hylton for the visitors. The 24-year-old striker picked up an ankle injury in the pre-season friendly against Stratford Town and as a result, he is a doubt for the game against Orient.

 

 

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

Referee: 

Carl Brook

Assistants: 

Michael Ryan & Damith Bandara

Fourth Official: 

Dean Skipper

 

 

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