MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United – National League

MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United – National League


Leyton Orient will now have to turn their attention to the National League after being knocked out of the FA Trophy in the week. The O’s will play host to play-off chasing Ebbsfleet United.Here we preview Saturday’s game:

Leyton Orient

On Tuesday night, the O’s crashed out of the FA Trophy against Gateshead.

A poor first-half proved costly for the Justin Edinburgh’s men as they fell two goals behind before the break.

Gateshead established a lead early on as Danny Johnson beat Josh Coulson to a cross and directed the ball in to the net after just two minutes.

After a quarter-of-an-hour, Dan Happe brought Johnson down in the box and the referee awarded the hosts a penalty. The striker stepped up and sent Brill the wrong way to double the Heed’s lead.

Eight minutes in to the second half, James Brophy pulled a goal back for the O’s with a good strike on the half-volley.

The O’s then leveled the score with twenty minutes to go as David Mooney headed home from Josh Koroma’s free-kick.

However, ten minutes later Gateshead booked their place in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy thanks to a goal from Peniket.


Last Line-up:


Caprice  Coulson  Happe  Widdowson


Koroma  Mooney

Reynolds                         Brophy



Grainger, Clayden, Harrold (Reynolds 82′), Sotiriou (Happe 89′)


Team News

Injuries, illness and ineligibility left Justin Edinburgh with just four substitues on Tuesday night and a makeshift central midfield.

Alex Lawless missed out due to a him injury that is likely to keep him out again on Saturday. Craig Clay missed out through illness, but he should have recovered in time to feature.

George Elokobi could return on Saturday after overcoming injury and illness, however, Jobi McAnuff remians out with a neck injury.

However, the O’s will be boosted by having Sam Ling, Nathan Mavila, Marvin Ekpiteta and Dan Holman available for selection again. They were ineligible for selection against Gateshead due to being cup-tied.

Charlie Lee took part in the warm-up before Tuesday night’s game as he works towards a return from the knee injury that has kept him out of action since August.

James Dayton is unlikely to return before the end of the season due to a hamstring injury.



Ebbsfleet United

This Season

National League: 9th  FA Cup: 1st Round FA Trophy: 2nd Round Top scorers: Danny Kedwell 13

Ebbsfleet are currently in 9th place in the National League, five points off of the play-off places. The Fleet have won four of their last five games, form which saw ex-O and current Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon named as National League manager of the month for February.

Ebbsfleet will be well rested having last played on the 24 February due to postponements last weekend.

In their last outing, they claimed a 0-1 win against Hartlepool United, with Dean Rance scoring the only goal of the game.

Last Line-up:


Magri  Clark  Winfield  Connors

Payne  Rance  Drury

Whitely                              Coulson



Powell, Bush, Miles, Shields (Coulson 73′), Weston (Whitely 89′)


Team News

Lawrie Wilson could be available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Fleet have added striker Norman Wabo on loan from Southend United this week and he is set to go straight in to the squad.

Ex O’s

Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon joined the O’s in 2004 and made 40 appearances in Orient’s promotion-winning campaign in 2005/06. He left the club in January 2007 having scored six goals in 74 appearances of the O’s.

In September 2015 Jack Payne moved to Leyton Orient on a season-long loan from Peterborough. He made 32 appearances for the O’s and his only goal for the club came in a 1-0 win over Morecambe.

Aaron Mclean was also a product of the Orient youth system but his development was hindered by injury. He made 45 appearances and scored 3 goals for the O’s from August 1999 until March 2003 when he was released.


Orient suffered defeat against Ebbsfleet live on BT Sport earlier in the season.

The home side took the lead after just six minutes as Andy Drury finished off Luke Coulson’s low cross from close range.

Matt Harrold came agonisingly close to equalising for Orient as he got on the end of Jake Caprice’s cross, however, the ball was tipped on to the post by the Fleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore and the ball was eventually cleared off of the goal-line.

Ebbslfeet doubled their advantage five minutes before the break. Experienced striker Danny Kedwell headed the ball home from Weston’s cross.

In the latter stages, James Dayton pulled a goal back for the O’s with a fine strike from outside the area. However, it was too little too late for the O’s to rescue a point.



Match Officials


Christopher Pollard


Matthew Morrison & Darin Geary

Fourth Official: 

Luigi Lungarella


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