Leyton Orient return to Brisbane Road for an FA Trophy Quarter Final tie against Gateshead. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
On Tuesday night, Orient defeated struggling Chester by a goal to nil.
James Brophy sealed the win for the O’s as he met Jake Caprice’s cross with a diving header which found the far bottom corner of the Chester net.
That proved to be enough to give the O’s an important win as for the second away game in a row, Orient kept a clean sheet.
The O’s defeated Haringey Borough, Bognor Regis Town (after extra time) and Dover Athletic to reach the Quarter Final of the FA Trophy.
Caprice Coulson Happe Widdowson
Koroma Adams Clay Brophy
Grainger, Ling (Koroma 86′), Lawless (Adams 68′), Reynolds, Harrold (Holman 68′)
Last time out, Dan Happe was called upon shortly before kick-off to replace George Elokobi, after he picked up a hamstring problem during the warm-up. Elokobi managed to take part in some light training this week, but he remains a doubt for Saturday’s game.
Jobi McAnuff is still struggling with a neck injury that has kept him out of action of late and he is likely to miss out again against Gateshead.
Justin Edinburgh will also be without Sam Ling, Nathan Mavila, and Dan Holman as the trio are all cup-tied.
Charlie Lee (knee) and James Dayton (calf) remain on the sidelines. Myles Judd (groin) and Jamie Sendles-White (ankle) are also yet to return to the first team following their respective injuries.
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Gateshead are currently in 13th place in the National League on 44 points, two places and two points ahead of the O’s.
Steve Watson’s side have managed to progress to the Quarter Final of the FA Trophy, but their cup run has been far from simple. After two postponements, Gateshead eventually beat Guiseley 2-1 after extra time in the first round. In the second round, they met Boreham Wood and drew 3-3 but managed to win the replay away from home by two goals to one.
The Heed also went to a replay in the last round following a 2-2 draw at Maidstone. They booked their place in the Quarter Final by winning the replay 3-0.
On Tuesday night, Gateshead snatched a point at Barrow despite having been reduced to ten men.
Grant Holt came close to putting the hosts in front early on, but he was denied by the crossbar. Barrow were then awarded a penalty around the twenty-minute mark when Luke James was brought down in the box and he stepped up and scored from the spot to make it 1-0.
Less than ten minutes into the second half, Gateshead went down to ten men as Jamal Fyfield picked up a second yellow card. However, ten minutes from time, Jordan Preston rescued a point for Gateshead with a composed strike into the bottom corner of the Barrow net.
Williams Vassell Fyfield Barrow
Fox Preston McLaughlin
McNall Peniket Greenwood
Hanford, York, Johnson (Greenwood 66′), Penn (Fox 38′), Burrow (McNall 45′)
Steve Watson is set to have close to a full squad to choose from when his side head to Brisbane Road.
Ben Fox is unavailable as he is cup-tied, he is also struggling with a hamstring injury.
Jamal Fyfield will also miss the opportunity to face his former side as he will serve a one-match ban following his dismissal on Tuesday night.
Jamal Fyfield began his career with Orient as a trainee, however, he left the club in 2007 without having made a senior appearance.
The first competitive meeting between the two sides took place at Brisbane Road back in October and Gateshead took all three points in a 0-2 victory.
Jordan Burrow put the visitors ahead inside the first ten minutes as Orient failed to defend the cross to him, allowing Burrow to head home from close range.
After the break, David Mooney had a golden opportunity from Jake Caprice’s cross. However, Mooney hesitated, taking too many touches before firing the ball at the Gateshead goalkeeper when he really should have scored.
Ten minutes from time, the away side capitalised on a mixup at the back and sealed their victory. Mark Ellis nodded the ball past Charlie Grainger as the Orient stopper rushed out of his goal, which left Burrow with an open goal to grab a brace.
Bhupinder Gill& Paul Lister
In the event of a draw at full time, the tie will go to a replay on Tuesday 27th February.
Leyton Orient are offering an international live-streaming service for this game for fans outside of the UK. More details can be found here.