Leyton Orient will be hoping to keep their winning streak going in their final game of 2017. However, the O’s will need to wary of visitors Bromley as they suffered a heavy defeat at Hayes Lane earlier in the season. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
On Boxing Day, the O’s continued their winning streak by beating play-off contenders Dagenham & Redbridge by two goals to nil.
The visitors made a stronger start to the match, however, Orient grew into the game and the match was an even contest by half-time.
The O’s took the lead four minutes into the second half. James Dayton clipped a cross into the box and Josh Coulson stooped to head the ball past Mark Cousins and into the Daggers’ net.
Orient then sealed the win on the hour. Dayton played the role of provider again, slipping a through ball to play Macauley Bonne in on goal. Cousins saved Bonne’s first effort but the O’s striker buried the rebound to record his 13th league goal of the season.
Caprice Coulson Happe Widdowson
Dayton Lawless Clay McAnuff
Grainger, Sendles-White (Dayton 85′), Moncur, Koroma, Harrold (Mooney 66′)
Justin Edinburgh will have close to a full squad to choose from ahead of the match against Bromley, with only George Elokobi and Charlie Lee thought to be unavailable due to injuries.
The O’s will also be boosted by the return of Bondz N’Gala after he rejoined the club on loan until the 20th January 2018. However, Dan Happe’s solid performance on Boxing Day may mean N’Gala has to wait to get back into the side.
Having the majority of the squad available has allowed some of the younger players to go out on loan. Aron Pollock has joined Leatherhead on loan, Ruel Sotiriou has signed for Heybridge Swifts on loan, while Charley Barker and Rian McLean have joined Wingate & Finchley and Margate respectively.
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Bromley are currently 10th in the National League on 38 points, two points off of the play-off places.
Neil Smith’s side have now gone five games without a league win, having lost two games and drawn three games. Their last win was a 3-0 victory over Barrow in late November.
On Boxing Day, Bromley were beaten at Ebbsfleet by two goals to one at Stonebridge Road.
The hosts took the lead after a quarter-of-an-hour. Danny Kedwell teed up Joe Powell, who fired the ball past David Gregory.
Bromley managed to equalise just four minutes later. George Porter cut the ball back for Louis Dennis who steered the ball into the far corner of the net.
However, Danny Kedwell restored the Fleet’s lead on the half-hour with a close-range finish.
Gregory, Rees, Holland, Raymond, Dennis, Higgs, Sterling, Wanadio, Porter, R.Johnson, Woolfenden.
Chorley (Rees), Williams (Raymond), Mekki (Wanadio), D.Johnson, Vose
Ben Chorley joined Orient from Tranmere Rovers in July 2009 and during his three and a half years at Brisbane Road, he made 159 appearances. He left the O’s in January 2013. The 34-year-old has been at Bromley since 2015.
George Porter signed for the O’s from non-league Cray Wanderers in 2010. During his two years at Brisbane Road he made 39 appearances in which he scored twice. After rejecting a new contract with Orient, Porter signed for Burnley in July 2012. He joined Bromley last summer.
Frankie Sutherland joined Orient on loan from QPR in October 2013, however, just 38 minutes into his O’s debut, he was stretchered off after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He signed for Bromley earlier this summer.
Alan Dunne signed for the O’s in the summer of 2015 after his 15 years at Millwall came to an end. He made just 18 appearances for Orient before leaving by mutual consent in January 2017. Later that month, he moved to Hayes Lane in a player/coach role.
David Gregory joined the O’s in March 2016 on a one-month loan deal from Crystal Palace. His deal was later extended until the end of the 2015/16 campaign, however, he did not make an appearance for Orient.
Leyton Orient suffered a humbling 6-1 defeat at Bromley earlier in the season.
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.
Leyton Orient and Bromley last played each other at Brisbane Road in the first round of the FA Cup in November 2011. Matthew Spring opened the scoring after the O’s after just seven minutes however, Bromley showed their resilience and the score remained at 1-0 at the break. It took until almost the hour mark for Orient to extend their lead. Current Bromley player George Porter made it 2-0 to the O’s. Less than ten minutes later, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Aaron Rhule received a red card after clashing with George Porter. The O’s then
Matthew Spring opened the scoring after the O’s after just seven minutes however, Bromley showed their resilience and the score remained at 1-0 at the break. It took until almost the hour mark for Orient to extend their lead. Current Bromley player George Porter made it 2-0 to the O’s. Less than ten minutes later, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Aaron Rhule received a red card after clashing with George Porter. The O’s then sealed progression to the second round by adding a third goal. Moses Odubajo’s shot cannoned off of the post and Jimmy Smith was on hand to finish off the rebound.
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