Leyton Orient will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run going as they host managerless Guiseley. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
Leyton Orient extended their unbeaten run to three games on Monday as they returned to winning ways by beating Maidenhead United at York Road.
Macauley Bonne gave the O’s an early lead, taking his goalscoring tally to four in his last four games. James Dayton used his skill to work the space for a cross from the right flank and Bonne beat his marker to nod the ball past Carl Pentney and into the far corner of the Maidenhead goal.
The O’s were made to work hard to keep their clean sheet intact as Maidenhead upped the pressure in the latter stages. However, Orient also had opportunities late on to put the game beyond doubt, with chances coming for Mooney in particular.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Koroma Boco
Sargeant, Sendles-White, Ochieng (Boco 75′), McAnuff (Dayton 64′), Mooney (Koroma 64′)
Steve Davis opted to rest David Mooney and Jobi McAnuff on Monday, as the pair started on the bench. Romuald Boco and Josh Koroma were their replacements, and though they did well, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see McAnuff and Mooney be restored to the starting line-up.
Ling and Davis finally recruited a target man this week as Matt Harrold joined the O’s from Crawley Town on Thursday. He could well be included among the substitutes for the match against Guiseley, providing Steve Davis with a different option from the bench.
Tristan Abrahams’ loan deal from Norwich was also terminated this week. The 18-year-old striker had been playing for the Canaries Under-23 side but had not featured for the O’s at all during the first month of the season so a cancellation of his loan was agreed between the player and the two clubs.
In terms of injuries, Charlie Lee is thought to be the only real concern ahead of Saturday’s game. The O’s captain is set to be on the sidelines in the long term due to his knee injury.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
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Last term, Guiseley narrowly avoided relegation from the National League. They finished the 2016/17 campaign just a point and a place above the drop zone.
Under Mark Bower, the Lions lost their first five games of the season and as a result, he was sacked by the club before the end of August.
Adam Lockwood took the reigns at Nethermoor Park with the club at the foot of the National League but he managed to keep the Lions’ up, albeit in dramatic fashion.
Guiseley managed to beat the drop by scoring a 90th-minute equaliser against Solihull Moors on the final day of the season. That vital point proved to be just enough for the Lions to avoid relegation.
Kayode Odejayi (Stockport County), Callum McFadzean (Alfreton), Alex Purver (Leeds), Curtis Morrison (Chesterfield), John Rooney (Wrexham), Reece Thompson (NF United), Kevan Hurst (Mansfield Town), Frank Mulhern (Huddersfield), Joe Green (Scarborough Athletic), Lee Molyneux (Morecambe), Raul Correia (Blackpool, Loan)
Jake Cassidy (Hartlepool United), Adam Boyes (Bradford Park Avenue), Joel Logan (FC United of Manchester), Jordan Preston (Gateshead), Simon Walton (Sutton United), Adam Lockwood, JavanVidal, Luke Porritt, Dan Atkinson, Michael Rankine, Derek Asamoah
Guiseley occupy the relegation places as they are currently 22nd in the National League having accumulated five points from their seven games so far.
The Lions have only won one game so far this term but have lost four matches. That poor start to campaign cost Adam Lockwood his job just over a year after his appointment. Lockwood and his assistant Dave Penney left the club on Wednesday, leaving the remaining coaching staff and players to prepare for the trip to face the O’s.
Guiseley’s only win so far came against bottom-of-the-league Torquay United. The Lions also managed draws against Tranmere Rovers and Ebbsfleet United on the opening day.
Lockwood had overseen four defeats, which included a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Aldershot Town.
On Monday, Guiseley hosted Hartlepool and the home side suffered a second consecutive defeat.
The Lions came close to taking an early lead when the ball struck the Hartlepool crossbar four minutes into the match.
The deadlock was broken shortly after the restart as Jonathan Franks beat Joe Green with a low drive from inside the penalty area.
Guiseley pushed for the equaliser but they were denied by Scott Loach who pulled off two good saves in quick succession. First, Loach saved Danny Lowe’s shot, then he tipped Kayode Odejayi’s header from the rebound over the bar. Hartlepool held on to secure all three points, while it proved to be a costly defeat for Adam Lockwood.
Green, Lowe, Palmer, Correia, Hatfield, Lawlor, Rooney, McFadzean, Purver, Mulhern, East
Brown, Hurst (East 80′), Molyneux (McFadzean 11′), Odejayi, Atkinson
Guiseley have lost their last two outings. Their away record so far this term has been poor as they have lost all three of their games on the road. They are also the only team in the National League who are yet to score a goal away from home.
Guiseley could well be without Callum McFadzean as he was forced off the pitch on Monday after just 11 minutes as he picked up an injury. He was replaced in midfield by Liam Molyneux and he will be pushing for a start if McFadzean doesn’t recover in time.
Saturday’s game will be the first time that Leyton Orient and Guiseley have met competitively.
Darin Geary & George Byrne