Leyton Orient will be looking to finally record a home win and move away from the relegation zone. They face a Woking side in a similar situation who will be buoyed by a draw against promotion contenders Wrexham. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
Last weekend, Leyton Orient played out a goalless draw at Eastleigh.
Jobi McAnuff came closest to scoring as he struck the woodwork with a free-kick.
Mark Yeates looked most likely to give Eastleigh the lead as either side of half time he narrowly missed the target with a couple of shots across the Orient goal.
At the other end, Dan Holman had a chance but Graham Stack was quick off his line and made the save one-on-one. Macauley Bonne then went close to grabbing a winner with a couple of headers that narrowly missed the target.
In the end the sides could not be separated.
The O’s have now gone six games in all competitions without a victory. They are also still searching for their first home win of 2018 having recorded four draws and suffered two defeats at Brisbane Road this year.
Ling Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
McAnuff Adams Clay Brophy
Grainger, Ekpiteta, Koroma, Mooney, Bonne
Justin Edinburgh’s plans will have been boosted by the news that Macauley Bonne and Ebou Adams will be available for selection against Woking. The pair had been called up for international duty with Zimbabwe and the Gambia respectively however neither have travelled.
Myles Judd and Dan Happe could also be back in contention after recovering from their injuries. Both played in the friendly against Greenwich Borough on Tuesday night.
Sam Ling is also available after playing in the England C teams win over Wales C during the week.
Alex Lawless may miss out again due to a hip problem.
Charlie Lee (knee) and James Dayton (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Jake Caprice joined the Cards in June 2015 and he went on to make 89 appearances for Woking during his two seasons with the club.
Macauley Bonne joined Woking on a one-month loan in January 2017. Unfortunately, Bonne didn’t manage to find the net in any of his seven games for the Cards.
Dan Holman had a loan spell with Woking during the 2015/16 season and Holman scored 14 goals in 28 appearances for the Cards.
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Woking arrive at Brisbane Road in 18th place in the National League, level on points with the O’s and a place below due to goal difference.
Anthony Limbrick’s men have gone five games without a win.
Last Saturday, Woking rescued a point against Wrexham.
Josh Staunton had an eventful first half, putting the Cards ahead after 12 minutes with a headed goal. However, just after the half hour mark he sliced his clearance and the ball ended up in his own net to put Wrexham back on level terms.
On the hour, promotion chasing Wrexham took the lead thanks to a fine long range strike from Marcus Kelly. It appeared as if Woking were heading for defeat, however, with ten minutes left Joey Jones rose highest and nodded the ball into the net from a corner.
Ralph Jones Staunton Young
Banton Ferdinand Carter Charles-Cook Grego-Cox
Edwards, Orlu, Mason, Saraiva (Banton 65′), Ramsay (Young 77′)
The Cards are set to be without Reece Grego-Cox as he is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
Jordan Wynter has been missing of late due to injury, however, he could be available for selection. Louis Ramsay is also fit again after returning to action last time out.
Anthony Cook could be an injury doubt again having missed the match against Wrexham.
Orient’s trip to the Kingfield Stadium back in August saw the O’s take all three points. Following a goalless first half, Macauley Bonne gave the O’s the lead five minutes after the restart.
David Mooney played a fine cross-field pass to James Dayton who found Jake Caprice on the overlap. The former Cards right-back delivered a low cross into the box for Bonne, who beat the defender to the ball and diverted it into the Woking net.
Bonne then sealed an O’s win five minutes from time. Mooney played a through ball down the left flank for his strike partner who drove inside the box before slotting the ball into the far corner of the hosts’ goal.
The only other previous competitive meeting was back in September 2004 in the Football League Trophy. Jabo Ibehre put the O’s ahead shortly after the half-hour, and the visitors held that one-goal lead at half-time. Brian Saah extended Orient’s lead on the hour and Justin Miller sealed a 0-3 win with fifteen minutes to go.
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