Leyton Orient will be hoping to put their recent defeat behind them and continue the good form they have shown in recent weeks and finishing the season strongly. They will host a Wrexham side that still have a play-off place to play for. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
Leyton Orient’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night. Despite enjoying the better of proceeding for much of the night the O’s suffered defeat as Hartlepool claimed a vital victory.
Louis Laing scored the only goal of the game shortly before half-time by heading the ball beyond Dean Brill. In the second half Justin Edinburgh was sent to the stands by referee Andrew Miller.
The hosts were reduced to ten men in stoppage time as Devante Rodney picked up a second yellow card, but the numerical disparity came too late in the game to have an impact. Hartlepool held out and secured their National League status for next season.
Ling Ekpiteta Elokobi Widdowson
McAnuff Adams Clay Brophy
Grainger, Happe (Elokobi 45′), Judd, Reynolds (Brophy 45′), Mooney (Clay 68′)
The O’s could well be without George Elokobi and James Brophy against Wrexham. The pair were substituted midway through the match against Hartlepool due to thigh and hamstring injuries respectively. Their fitness will be checked, however, with nothing really left to play for Justin Edinburgh may well decide not to risk them.
Dan Happe and Lamar Reynolds replaced the injured duo on Tuesday night and therefore they are leading the way to be included in the starting lineup if Elokobi and Brophy aren’t fit.
Dan Holman could make a return to action on Saturday as he is thought to have recovered from the injury that has ruled him out of late.
However, Edinburgh is unlikely to be able to call upon Alex Lawless as he is hampered by a recurring groin injury.
Charlie Lee is back in training but he isn’t likely to feature until next season. James Dayton (calf), Matt Harrold (hamstring), Josh Coulson (toe) will miss the remainder of the season.
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Wrexham are still chasing promotion and they are currently a point and one place outside of the play-off places.However, Andy Davies’ side arrives at Brisbane Road in poor form at the wrong time of the season.
Wrexham have failed to win any of their last five outings, losing three and drawing two. The Dragons’ last win came against Maidstone at the Racecourse Ground towards the end of March. They haven’t won on the road since early February when they defeated Guiseley 2-0.
Their play-off hopes were dealt another blow last weekend as they suffered defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge.
To make matters worse, the Reds had taken the lead through Paul Rutherford midway through the first half and they held their goal advantage at the break.
Dagenham & Redbridge made a strong start to the second half and forced an equaliser when Fejiri Okenabirhie shot found the Wrexham net in off of the post. The Daggers then won the game when David Raven put the ball past his own ‘keeper.
Dunn, Raven, M Smithm, Pearson, Jennings, Rutherford, Wedgbury, Kelly, Mackreth, Boden, Quigley
Dibble, Carrington, Deverdics, Wright, Ainge (Rutherford 80′)
Top-goalscorer Chris Holroyd is a doubt for the trip to Brisbane Road as the striker is still struggling with injury.
Wrexham boss Andy Davies will have Kevin Roberts available for selection again after the defender completed his suspension. Roberts was sent off in the defeat against Boreham Wood at the start of the month.
Orient claimed a point in a 2-2 draw at the Racecourse Ground back in October.
Chris Holroyd gave Wrexham a very early lead, scoring a header a minute into the match. It was a disastrous start but Orient drew level mid-way through the half. Macauley Bonne’s chip beat Chris Dunn to make it 1-1.
Wrexham went back in front with twenty minutes to go as Chris Holroyd found the net again. However, with five minutes to go, Mark Ellis headed the ball home from a corner to secure a point for Steve Davis’s side.
Last Home Meeting
The O’s last hosted Wrexham back in September 2005. Darren Ferguson put the visitors in front early in the second half, however, Orient drew level ten minutes from time through Gary Alexander.
Wrexham’s Last Away Win Against Orient
The Dragons’ last win at Brisbane Road was fifteen years ago in April 2003. The O’s went down to ten men when Justin Miller was sent off and Andy Morrell scored the penalty that followed and that proved to be enough to give Wrexham all three points.
Orient’s Last Home Win Against Wrexham
Orient haven’t beaten Wrexham at home since the 1989 play-off final second leg. The O’s secured promotion to the third tier thanks to goals from Lee Harvey and Mark Cooper in a 2-1 win.
Chris Felton & James Vallance