Leyton Orient are on the road again as they travel to the Deva Stadium to face struggling Chester. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:
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Chester are currently third from bottom in the National League on 30 points, five adrift from safety and nine points behind the O’s. Not only do Chester have a relegation battle to contend with, the club are currently in financial difficulty.
On Saturday, Chester claimed a vital win against Eastleigh, ending a five-match winless run for Marcus Bignot’s side.
Ross Hannah gave Chester the lead midway through the first half with a composed finish. Eastleigh equalised immediately through Mark Yeates. However, Hannah restored Chester’s lead with another goal two minutes before the break. The Chester forward was then denied a hat-trick by the crossbar, which kept Eastleigh in the game. Chester eventually sealed the win with a third goal in stoppage time courtesy of James Akintunde.
Hornby, Halls, Hobson, Astles, Anderson, Mahon, Crawford, Roberts, Vose, Archer, Hannah
Firth, White, Akintunde (Mahon 72′), Dawson (Crawford 88′), Waters (Vose 90′)
Marcus Bignot is likely to name an unchanged side following Saturday’s win.
Myles Anderson and Jordan Gough are still recovering from their respective injuries and they were not deemed to be fit enough to feature on Saturday.
On Saturday, Orient defeated play-off hopefuls AFC Fylde thanks to a Macauley Bonne’s penalty which took his goalscoring tally to 19 for the season.
The O’s took the lead three minutes before the break. Dan Holman latched on to Bonne’s flick-on and raced in behind the Fylde defence. Simon Grand made a last-ditch sliding tackle to stop Holman, but he brought the Orient striker down. Referee Karl Evans pointed to the spot, but replays suggest that the challenge actually took place just outside the box.
Bonne stepped up and drilled the ball right into the corner of the net, just out of the reach of Fylde stopper Jay Lynch.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Koroma Adams Clay Brophy
Grainger, Happe, Lawless, Reynolds, Harrold
Orient could still be without Jobi McAnuff as he has missed the last two games due to a neck injury. The 36-year-old has agreed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of next season.
Myles Judd has also been on the sidelines of late due to a groin injury and he remains a doubt for the trip to the Deva Stadium. Jamie Sendles-White has also been struggling with an ankle problem of late.
Recent recruits Nathan Mavila and Sam Ling are yet to feature since signing for the club.
Charlie Lee is yet to return from his long-term knee injury. James Dayton’s season is likely over due to a calf injury.
When Leyton Orient and Chester FC met at Brisbane Road back in November, the O’s fought to rescue a point despite having gone down to ten men.
Orient opened the scoring after just six minutes as Macauley Bonne met a Jobi McAnuff cross and looped his header into the far corner of the visitors’ goal.
Ten minutes later Chester drew level in controversial circumstances. James Akintunde got a slight touch on a cross to direct the ball goalwards. Sam Sargeant appeared to have clawed the ball off of the goal-line but the assistant referee judged that the ball crossed the line.
Five minutes before the interval the away side took the lead as Ross Hannah beat Sargeant with a free-kick from just outside the penalty area.
Before the break, Jamie Sendles-White brought Bell down inside the box and Chester were awarded a penalty. Hannah stepped up but Sargeant saved the spot kick.
Jobi McAnuff equalised for the O’s on the hour with a stunning strike from 30 yards.
The O’s last made the trip to the Deva Stadium in February 2006. A Matt Lockwood penalty and a second-half goal from Paul Connor gave Orient an away win.
Overall, Orient had won 13 and drawn 7 of their meetings against Chester City, who won 10 of the 30 meetings with the O’s
Peter Sporne & Jack Nield