MATCH PREVIEW: Maidenhead United v Leyton Orient – National League

MATCH PREVIEW: Maidenhead United v Leyton Orient – National League

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to record consecutive away wins when they travel to York Road to face Maidenhead. Here we preview Monday’s game:

Maidenhead United

Last Season

National League South: 1st FA Cup: 2nd Q Round  FA Trophy: 3rd Q Round  Top scorer: Dave Tarpey 44

Last term, Alan Devonshire led Maidenhead to the National League South title, securing promotion to the fifth tier for the first time in 16 years.

The Magpies won the league with a total of 98 points, beating Ebbsfleet to the title by two points. Maidenhead suffered just four league defeats last season and only one of those losses came at York Road.

Maidenhead’s success owed much to the goals of Dave Tarpey. The striker was prolific, recording 44 goals in 2016/17, smashing the record of goals in a National League South season that previously stood at 34 goals.

 

Summer Transfers

Jake Goodman (Braintree Town), Harold Odametey (Hampton & Richmond), Jake Hyde (Stevenage), Chinedu McKenzie (Romford), Adrian Clifton (Havant & Waterlooville)

Charlie Wassmer (Hampton & Richmond), Dawid Rogalski (GKS Tychy), Kieron Forbes (Farnborough), Jordan Cox (Concord Rangers), Kyran Wiltshire, James Hammond

 

This Season

National League: 9th  Top scorer: Dave Tarpey 7

Newcomers Maidenhead United have adjusted well to life in the National League, having made a solid start to the season. The Magpies are currently 9th in the league, just one point and one place behind the O’s.

Maidstone hosted Maidenhead on the opening day of the season and the two sides had to settle for a draw.

The Magpies’ only defeat so far this term came in their second game of the season. They hosted Wrexham and the Welsh side claimed a 2-1 win at York Road.

Maidenhead’s first win of the season came against Hartlepool United and Alan Devonshire’s men followed that up with a comfortable 4-1 win over ten-man AFC Fylde with Dave Tarpey scoring all of the Magpies’ goals, half of which came from the penalty spot. The Magpies then recorded a 1-1 draw at home to Ebbsfleet.

On Saturday, Maidenhead had to settle for a point again as they were pegged back at Barrow.

The home side came close to taking the lead when Dan Jones hit the woodwork. However, Adrian Clifton put the visitors in front just before the half-hour mark, finishing from close range following a cross from Sam Barratt.

Barrow equalised ten minutes into the second half when Moussa Diarra headed the ball home from a free-kick delivery to secure a point.

 

Last Line-up:

Pentney, Odametey, Massey, Hyde, Barratt, Clifton, Kilman, Peters, Goodman, Smith, Mulley

Substitutes:

 Inman, Comley, Marks (Hyde 43′), McKenzie (Barratt 89′), Upward (Clifton 85′)

 

Team News

Alan Devonshire was without top goalscorer Dave Tarpey for the trip to Barrow on Saturday. Though he is expected to make the matchday squad to face the O’s, the Magpies boss has insisted that he won’t risk his star striker if he hasn’t recovered from his knock.

Tarpey is not only the top scorer for the Magpies, he also leads the National League goalscoring charts with seven goals from his five appearances so far.

Devonshire made five changes to his line-up for Saturday’s game and he could rotate his team again on Monday as he spoken about the need to use his squad.

 

 

Leyton Orient

On Saturday, Leyton Orient claimed a point against Eastleigh thanks to a late equaliser from Craig Clay.

The O’s had an opportunity to take the lead shortly before half-time. James Dayton was brought down in the penalty area by Sam Wood and the referee awarded the home side a penalty. David Mooney stepped up but got his connection with the ball all wrong and put his penalty wide as Graham Stack went the wrong way.

The first half proved to be a tale of two penalties as Alex Lawless gave away a penalty in stoppage time after fouling Mark Yeates. Ex-Orient academy player Ayo Obileye put his spot kick straight down the middle, beating Charlie Grainger to ensure the Spitfires went in at the break 1-0 up.

Obileye came close to doubling his and the Spitfires’ tally early in the second-half, when he nodded a Mark Yeates free-kick towards the O’s goal but the ball struck the upright.

As the clock ticked down, Steve Davis’s side were starting to get desperate and as a result resorted to long range shots that missed the target.

The O’s thought they had drawn level in stoppage time when emergency striker Josh Coulson had the ball in the Eastleigh net, but the cross that led to the goal was ruled to have gone out of play.

It looked like Orient were going to suffer their first home defeat of the season, however, Craig Clay grabbed a last-gasp equaliser. Jake Caprice’s cross was headed towards goal by Romuald Boco. An Eastleigh defender nodded the ball away, but only as far as Clay. The former Motherwell midfielder brought the ball down and drove a low shot towards goal. Eastleigh tried to block and clear the ball but they couldn’t prevent it from crossing the goal line and so Orient had managed to rescue a point very late on.

 

Last Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Clay  Lawless

Dayton  Mooney  McAnuff

Bonne

(4-2-3-1)

Subs:

Sargeant, Sendles-White, Ochieng, Boco (McAnuff 69′), Koroma (Mooney 69′)

 

Team News

Orient were dealt a blow as it has emerged that Charlie suffered a serious knee injury in training. The O’s captain missed the match against Eastleigh and he is set to remain on the sidelines in the long term.

Lee was replaced in midfield by Craig Clay, however, he was not fully fit either as he also picked up an injury in training.

Henry Ochieng made the substitute bench for the first time this season despite also picking up a knock during the week.

Steve Davis has stated that he is likely to use his squad to deal with a second game in the space of three days. Older members of the team that started on Saturday such as David Mooney and Jobi McAnuff could start on the bench on Monday, creating opportunities for the likes of Koroma and Boco.

It will be interesting to see whether Davis’s intention to use his squad will extend to handing the likes of Myles Judd and Jamie Sendles-White their first starts of the season.

 

Possible Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Lawless  Clay

Dayton  Boco  Koroma

Bonne

(4-2-3-1)

 

 

Monday’s game will be the first meeting between Leyton Orient and Maidenhead United.

 

 

Match Officials

Referee: 

Richard Hulme

Assistants: 

Daniel Austin & Marcus Carmichael

Fourth Official: 

Andrew Evans

 

York Road

Post Code:

SL6 1SF

Capacity:

4,000 (Seats 550)

Surface:

Grass

 

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