MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Barrow – National League


Leyton Orient return to action at Brisbane Road as they host struggling Barrow. Here we preview Saturday’s game:

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Leyton Orient’s fixture against Maidenhead on Easter Monday was postponed as the referee judged that the pitch was unplayable, with the corner in front of the South and West stands proving particularly problematic.

On Good Friday, Orient defeated struggling Guiseley by three goals to one, thanks to a brace from Jobi McAnuff and a late strike from David Mooney.



Last Line-up:


        Ling  Coulson  Elokobi  Widdowson

McAnuff  Adams  Clay  Brophy

Bonne  Holman


Janata, Ekpiteta, Judd, Koroma (Adams 76′), Mooney (Holman 60′)


Team News

Charlie Grainger missed the trip to Nethermoor Park on Good Friday due to the birth of his child, but he is set to be back in the squad.

Alex Lawless has been out of action of late due to a hip injury and therefore he is a doubt for the visit of Barrow.

Matt Harrold is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign due to the hamstring injury that he suffered against Woking. Likewise, James Dayton’s season is also over due to a calf injury.

Charlie Lee has recently returned to training after spending most of the season on the sidelines as a result of a serious knee injury. However, after such a long time out of action, Lee may not be risked this season and may not return to action until next term.




This Season

National League: 20th  FA Cup: 4th Q Round FA Trophy: 2nd Round

Barrow are currently in 20th place in the National League on 41 points, and they are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. However, the Bluebirds do have games in hand over most of the teams around them.

On Good Friday, Ady Pennock’s side claimed a creditable point against promotion hopefuls Boreham Wood in a goalless draw.

However, Barrow followed that up on Tuesday with a defeat against AFC Fylde. Jon Smith gave Fylde the lead midway through the first half, however, Barrow equalised just five minutes later through Nathan Waterson.

Ten minutes into the second half, Danny Rowe put Fylde back in front and the visitors wrapped the game up with a third goal in stoppage time courtesy of Serhat Tasdemir.


Last Line-up:

Arnold, Makoma, Cook, Diarra, Macdonald, Jones, Holt, K.James, Waterston, L. James, Walters


Gomis, White, Bauress, Panayiotou, Diagne





When the two sides met at Holker Street back in October, Barrow fought back not once but twice to claim a point in a 2-2 draw.

David Mooney gave the O’s the lead after twenty minutes, finishing from a James Brophy cross. However,  just four minutes as Bedsente Gomis put Barrow back on level terms.

Craig Clay restored Orient’s advantage just before the half-hour with a close-range finish following a goal-mouth scramble. The hosts hit back again in the last five minutes of the first half, with Jordan White getting on the scoresheet.

In November 2000 Barrow hosted the O’s in the FA Cup. Orient progressed thanks to second-half goals from Carl Griffiths and Steve Watts.

Barrow last made the trip to Brisbane Road for a league game in 1970. The O’s claimed a 2-0 win.

The reverse fixture earlier in the 1969/70 season ended in a 1-1 draw.




[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]


Gary Parsons


Robin Cox & Robert Evans

Fourth Official: 

Joshua Crofts



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