Leyton Orient return to league action following two consecutive clean sheets, however, they face a tough test as they host league leaders Macclesfield Town. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
Following their goalless draw at the weekend, Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge faced each other in an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round replay on Tuesday night.
The O’s booked their place in the first round proper as they grabbed the only goal of the game midway through the first half. David Mooney picked out Macauley Bonne with a pass across the Daggers goalmouth and Bonne applied the finish from close range.
Dagenham & Redbridge improved after the break and pushed hard for an equaliser, however, some resolute defending as a team along with some good saves from Charlie Grainger saw the O’s through to set up a trip to Gillingham for round one.
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Sargeant, Ochieng, Westbrooke, Barker, Koroma, Sotoriou, Dalby
Alex Lawless completed his one-match ban on Tuesday night, however, his return to the squad could be delayed due to a groin injury.
Jobi McAnuff has also been struggling with a groin injury, which has kept him on the sidelines for the last two games, however, he may be fit enough to be considered on Saturday.
Loanees James Brophy and Mark Ellis will also be eligible to return to league action.
Jamie Sendles-White missed the match on Tuesday night through illness, however, he should be ready to feature against the Silkmen.
However, Steve Davis is still set to be without Matt Harrold as he is currently on the sidelines with a calf injury.
Josh Coulson, George Elokobi and Charlie Lee remain out of action as they recover from their longer-term injuries.
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Last season, Macclesfield Town finished in ninth place in the National League on 68 points, 14 points off of a play-off place.
The Silkmen also made it to the final of the FA Trophy last term. They met York City in at Wembley and the two sides produced a five-goal thriller. Macclesfield came from a goal down twice to draw level, Aidan Connolly sealed the win for the Minstermen with six minutes to go.
Kieran Kennedy (AFC Fylde), Swan Jalal (Wrexham), Scott Wilson (Eastleigh), Keith Lowe (Kidderminster Harriers), Tyrone March (Dover Athletic), Gime Toure (Fontenay-Foot-Vendée), Danny Whitehead (Wigan Athletic), Koby Arthur (Birmingham), Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers), Courtney Richards (Torquay United), Josh Thompson (Southport), Noe Baba (Birmingham), Elliott Durrell (Chester), Sam Ramsbottom (Barrow), Ryan Lloyd (Port Vale), Scott Burgess (Bury, Loan)
Sam Madeley (Warrington Town), Dan Cowan (Stockport), Craig Ross (Barnet), Neill Byrne (Gateshead), Andy Haworth (Torquay United), Chris Sutherland (Hyde), Kingsley James (Chester), Chris Holroyd (Wrexham), Scott Flinders (Cheltenham Town), Jack Sampson (Southport), John McCombe (Chester), Andy Halls (Chester), Ollie Noburn (Tranmere Rovers), Ejiro Okosieme, Richie Wellens, Billy O'Brien
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Macclesfield are currently National League leaders with 29 points from their fifteen games so far, in which the Silmen have won nine, drawn 2 and lost four.
John Askey’s side have been in fine form of late having recorded five consecutive wins in all competitions and seven wins in their last eight games.
Macclesfield haven’t lost since mid-September when they suffered a home defeat against Maidstone by four goals to one. The Silkmen have won each of their last four league games away from home. Thier last defeat on the road was at Gateshead back in August.
Last Saturday, Macclesfield booked their place in the first round of the FA Cup by thrashing Stourbridge 5-0.
The Silkmen progressed with ease thanks to goals from Danny Whitehead, Tyrone Marsh, Elliot Durrel, Koby Arthur and Scott Burgess.
Jalal, Hodgkiss, Kennedy, Lowe, Fitzpatrick, Burgess, Durrell, Marsh, Whitehead, Arthur
Pilkington, Ramsbottom, Hancox (Fitzpatrick), Wilson, Baba (Durrell) Whitaker, Toure (Marsh)
Macclesfield Town boss John Askey is thought to have a full squad to choose from ahead of the trip to Leyton Orient.
Kieran Kennedy was the only concern ahead of Saturday’s game after suffering an eye injury against Stourbridge last weekend, however, the 24-year-old has trained during the week and he is likely to be available for selection.
Askey is likely to have some decisions to make regarding selection. The Silkmen boss rested players last weekend but their replacements impressed in the side, creating competition for places.
Shwan Jalal had a short loan spell with Orient during the 2013/14 season. He conceded five goals in the O’s goal over his two appearances.
The two sides last played each other in November 2005 at Moss Rose. Despite John Mackie seeing red just ten minutes into the second-half, Orient claimed a point in a goalless draw.
Last Home Meeting
The O’s won the last time that they hosted Macclesfield Town in August 2005. Joe Keith got the hosts off to a great start as he found the net after just two minutes. Paul Harsley equalised for the Silkmen just before the hour, but Orient snatched all three points as Efe Echanomi scored the winning goal late on.
Macclesfield’s Last Win Against Orient
Macclesfield last beat the O’s in March 2005 at Moss Rose. Jon Parkin put the home side ahead shortly after the hour, but his goal was cancelled put by Lee Steele early in the second-half. Just three minutes later, the Silkmen were in front again as Matthew Tipton scored from the penalty spot. Paul Harsley then sealed a 3-1 win fifteen minutes from time.
Macclesfield’s Last Away Win Against Orient
During the 2004/2005 season, the Silkmen won both games against the O’s by three goals to one. Mattew Tipton and brace from Jon Parkin put the game beyond Orient. Wayne Purser’s goal with eight minutes left was simply a consolation goal.
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