MATCH PREVIEW: Woking v Leyton Orient – National League

MATCH PREVIEW: Woking v Leyton Orient – National League

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Leyton Orient fans will be looking for a response from their side at the Kingfield Stadium after enduring a heavy defeat at Bromley on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Woking will want to keep their perfect home record intact. Here we preview Saturday’s game:

Woking

Last Season

National League: 18th FA Cup: 2nd Round  FA Trophy: 1st Round  Top scorer: Gozie Ugwu 17

Last term, Woking regressed from 2015/16’s mid-table finish as the Cards finished 18th with 53 points, just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Garry Hill did lead the Cards to the second round of the FA Cup by beating Torquay in qualifying and then Stockport County in round one. Woking were drawn against League Two Accrington Stanley, however, the Cards were knocked out after a 3-0 defeat at the Kingfield Stadium.

Woking parted company with Gary Hill at the end of last season. Hill had led the Cards to a Conference South title in 2011/12 and had been at the club for six years.

There have also been a number of departures in terms of playing personnel over the summer, last season’s top scorer Gozie Ugwu being the most notable loss. The 24-year-old striker signed for Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee after scoring 21 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.

 

Summer Transfers

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic), Chez Isaac (Braintree Town), Josh Staunton (Dagenham & Redbridge), Jamie Philpot (Millwall, Loan), Inih Effiong (Barrow), Jason Banton (Crawley Town), Nathan Baxter (Chelsea, Loan), Matt Young (Chelmsford City), Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town), Joe Ward (Brighton), Jordan Wynter (Bromley), Louis Ramsey (Norwich, Loan)

Chike Kandi (Leatherhead), Jake Caprice (Leyton Orient), Gozie Ugwu (Chesterfield), Keiran Murtagh (Boreham Wood), Delano Sam-Yorke (Maidstone), Ismail Yakubu (Hemel Hempstead), Aaron Smith-Joseph (Burgess Hill Town), Brandon Hall (Kidderminster), Max Kretschmar (Hampton & Richmond), Frazer Shaw (Dulwich Hamlet), Michael Poke, Zak Ansah, Brian Saah

This Season

National League: 12th  Top scorer: Inih Effiong 2

 

New Cards boss Anthony Limbrick has made a steady start in the Woking dugout. Their record so far is almost identical to Orient’s, having won both home games but having lost twice on the road this term.

On the opening day, Woking hosted Gateshead and the home side made a winning start as they beat the Tynesiders 2-1 thanks to goals from Inih Effiong and Joe Ward.

However, Anthony Limbrick’s side suffered back-to-back away defeats, conceding three goals in each outing. First, they lost 3-1 against Tranmere Rovers, then they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Barrow last weekend.

On Tuesday night, Woking returned to the Kingfield Stadium and they returned to winning ways.

It was the visitors Eastleigh who looked most likely to break the deadlock as Ben Williamson and Andrew Boyce both hit the woodwork during the first-half. However, it was the home side who made the breakthrough when Effiong fired the ball into the visitors’ net.

Eight minutes into the second-half, Woking went 2-0 up. Effiong tried to pick out Bobson Bawling with a low cross, but before the ball could reach Bawling, it was diverted into the Eastleigh goal by Spitfires defender Gavin Hoyte.

Eastleigh were awarded a penalty when Chez Isaac was judged to have handled the ball, but Nathan Baxter saved Ben Williamson’s spot kick.

Two minutes later, the visitors had another chance from the spot after Josh Staunton brought Mark Yeates down in the box. Ayo Obileye took the penalty and sent Baxter the wrong way to reduce the deficit.

Eastleigh continued to put Woking under pressure as they went in search of an equaliser, but the Cards held on to secure the victory.

 

Last Line-up:

Baxter, Ramsey Orlu, Staunton, Ralph, Ferdinand, Isaac, Ward, Bawling, Philpot, Effiong

Substitutes:

Mason, Nsimbi, Wynter, Young (Ramsey 82′), Carter (Philpot 72′)

 

Team News

Jason Banton is yet to feature for his new side due to injury, however, he is thought to be fit enough to be included among the substitutes for Saturday’s game.

Cards’ vice-captain Joey Jones is a doubt for the visit of Orient after missing the match against Eastleigh last time out.

Norwich City loanee Louis Ramsey could also miss out this weekend. The 19-year-old has been ever-present for the Cards so far this season, but he was forced off on Tuesday night after 82 minutes due to injury.  He was replaced by Matt Young so he could be in line for a start against the O’s.

 

 

Leyton Orient

On Tuesday night, Leyton Orient suffered a humbling 6-1 defeat at Bromley.

George Porter came back to haunt his former side as he nodded the ball into the Orient net little more ten minutes into the match.

Shortly before half-time, Orient failed to defend a Frankie Sutherland corner which allowed Jack Holland to head the ball home, doubling the Ravens’ advantage.

The O’s fell further behind ten minutes into the second-half. Charlie Grainger made a good save to deny Luke Wanadio but the ball looped up and remained in play. Jake Caprice had time to clear the ball but he scuffed his clearance and Josh Rees nipped in to make it 3-0.

Just after the hour mark, the hosts went 4-0 up. Grainger parried Louis Dennis’s shot, but the ball fell to Adam Mekki for an unchallenged tap-in.

Orient pulled a goal back as Macauley Bonne got off the mark for his new club. David Mooney helped the ball on to Bonne, who took a touch before firing the ball past the Bromley stopper.

However, that didn’t spark a revival from the visitors as Steve Davis’s side collapsed further.

Holland grabbed his second and Bromley’s fifth of the night as Orient once again failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Orient’s humiliation didn’t stop there, as the Ravens made it 6-1 two minutes from time. Charlie Lee inadvertently played Brett Williams in on goal and he rounded Grainger before slotting the ball into the net, capping off a comprehensive win for Bromley.

 

Last Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Lee  Lawless

Koroma  Mooney  Boco

Bonne

(4-2-3-1)

Subs:

Sargeant, Clark, Clay, Dayton (Koroma 45′), McAnuff (Boco 45′)

 

Team News

Last time out Steve Davis made changes to his starting line-up for the first time. Jobi McAnuff and James Dayton made way for Romuald Boco and Josh Koroma respectively. However, the former pair replaced the latter duo at half-time which suggests that McAnuff and Dayton are likely to be restored to the starting line-up on Saturday.

After such a disappointing result, it will be interesting to see whether Davis will shake the team up or whether he will give players a chance to redeem themselves and favour consistency and cohesion with regard to team selection. The O’s boss is thought to have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of Saturday’s game.

In mid-week, those players who have been on the fringes so far played a friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge, which the Daggers won 2-0.

Davis has suggested that he will look at changing the way the O’s play away from home. This could perhaps see a more conservative approach and maybe a change in shape to make Orient harder to break down.  Sacrificing a striker to play another central midfielder, perhaps in a 4-1-4-1 could be a solution.

Aron Pollock won’t be available as he has been sent out on loan at National League South side Wealdstone.

 

Possible Line-up:

Grainger

Caprice  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

Lawless

Dayton  Lee  Clay  McAnuff

Bonne

(4-1-4-1)

 

 Ex Cards

Jake Caprice joined the Cards in June 2015 and he went on to make 89 appearances for Woking during his two seasons with the club.

Macauley Bonne joined Woking on a one-month loan in January 2017. Unfortunately, Bonne didn’t manage to find the net in any of his seven games for the Cards.

 

 

The last meeting between Leyton Orient and Woking took place in the summer of 2016. The O’s travelled to the Kingfield Stadium for a pre-season friendly and they beat their hosts 2-0. Dean Cox broke the deadlock in the second-half with a fine strike from the edge of the box. Cox then turned provider, delivering the cross from which Paul McCallum sealed a 2-0 win.

Woking also hosted the O’s for a pre-season friendly in 2015. Orient defeated the Cards by four goals to nil. Ollie Palmer opened the scoring after just three minutes. Jay Simpson then doubled Orient’s lead ten minutes later, and soon after, Scott Kashket added a third. The game was wrapped up before the break as Simpson scored his second and Orient’s fourth in first-half stoppage time.

The last competitive match between the two teams was back in September 2004 in the Football League Trophy. Jabo Ibehre put the O’s ahead shortly after the half-hour, and the visitors held that one-goal lead at half-time. Brian Saah extended Orient’s lead on the hour and Justin Miller sealed a 0-3 win with fifteen minutes to go.

 

 

Match Officials

Referee: 

Christopher O’Donnell

Assistants: 

Alexander Fisher & Aaron Moody

Fourth Official: 

Tim Donnellan

 

Kingfield Stadium

Post Code:

GU22 9AA

Capacity:

6,000 (2,500 Seated)

Surface:

Grass

 

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