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Preview: Pools v Leyton Orient

8 February 2019

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We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Leyton Orient’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Leyton Orient
National League
Saturday 9th February 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Leyton Orient have stormed to the top of the National League table and look in with a good shout of regaining their EFL status at the second time of asking.

The O’s toppled out of League Two alongside Pools in 2016/17 amidst financial uncertainty and ownership concerns which led to prolonged protests from the club’s supporters.

It was a welcome development when Orient fan and Dunkin’ Donuts Chief Executive Nigel Travis led a takeover consortium during the summer after relegation and that has helped to stabilise things in E10.

The appointment of Justin Edinburgh and wise investment on and off the pitch has subsequently seen the club prosper in 2018/19 and they tasted defeat just three times in the first four months of the current campaign.

Their form has been a little less predictable since the turn of the year but they have responded well to a potentially damaging defeat to rivals Salford City at the start of last month to win three out of the last four in all competitions.

Star Player
Macauley Bonne became only the second player this season to hit 20 National League goals when he hit the net twice in Orient’s 3-0 triumph over Maidstone United two weeks ago.

The dangerous front man has been a key factor in The O’s surge to the top of the table and his goals could be the difference between automatic promotion and play-offs.

A former Colchester United trainee, Bonne arrived at Orient in the summer of 2017 following loan spells at Woking and Lincoln City and he’s rarely looked back since.

Pools are now one of just four clubs in the National League that Bonne hasn’t scored against in the past two seasons and Craig Hignett will hope that stat remains unchanged after the weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 42nd competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools just about have the edge historically having won 21 times in comparison to Orient’s 20 successes.

Pools did the double over The O’s last term, winning 2-1 at Brisbane Road in September thanks to goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates before Louis Laing’s strike was enough to seal a crucial three points at The Vic in April.

It was stalemate when the sides met in the capital earlier this season – the goalless draw was the first time the clubs had shared the points in ten meetings.

Last Meeting
Saturday 13th October 2018
Leyton Orient 0 Pools 0

Leyton Orient: Brill, Widdowson (s/o 59), Coulson, Ekpiteta, McAnuff, Clay, Dayton (Harrold 80), Judd (Koroma 72), Brophy (Ling 72), Bonne, Alabi.
Subs not used: Sargeant, Lawless.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay, Kitching, Featherstone, Woods (Hawkes 81), Noble (Newton 88), Muir, James (Dinanga 83).
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins.

Referee
It will be Martin Woods on the whistle at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday as the official takes charge of his fourth Pools game of the season.

Woods is in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and was first a visitor to Pools in September as we drew 1-1 with Aldershot Town.

Since then, he was overseen our 1-0 defeat at Wrexham in October when he sent-off Andrew Davies and our 3-1 defeat to Barnet in front the BT Sport cameras in November.

Woods’ most recent appointment came three weeks ago when he was on duty at Mill Farm for AFC Fylde’s 2-0 win over Wrexham.

Live Coverage
Brian Honour will once again be joining Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

Join the duo at The Super 6 Stadium from 2.50pm as they bring you all the breaking team news and build-up to kick-off against The O’s.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Betting
Orient have been installed as 1/1 favourites to collect three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 12/5 shot for a victory and a draw priced up at 23/10 with the bookies.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds and price boosts with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Kabamba Scores As Pools Draw With Orient

9 February 2019

Nicke Kabamba Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Nicke Kabamba celebrates his goal against Leyton Orient.

Nicke Kabamba got his third goal in as many games to help Pools pick up a point on an entertaining afternoon at The Super 6 Stadium.

It was a real hard-working performance from both sides, who gave everything for the full match to share the spoils in this National League fixture.

The game started at a high tempo, with Nicke Kabamba looking a handful up front again for Pools as Craig  Hignett’s side started on the front foot.

Pools put some real pressure on the Orient box just before the quarter-hour mark with the visitors struggling to clear from a Josh Hawkes corner.

Luke Molyneux countered with real pace down the left shortly after, opening things right up for Pools. His cross in for Hawkes was intercepted by the defender but the home side were showing positive signs.

But it was Orient who took the lead on 21 minutes; after a spell of pressure around the area, the ball fell to Jobi McAnuff on the edge of the box and his low shot through a crowd took a big deflection to wrong-foot Scott Loach and it rolled into the far corner of the net.

The visitors showed more confidence following the goal and a cross into the area from James Brophy just missed the head of Matt Harrold who was waiting in the box.

Pools did see plenty of the ball themselves in the remainder of the half and Ryan Donaldson tried his luck at an equaliser following a corner, the skipper picked up possession just inside the box and fired low through a crowd but his effort was held by Dean Brill.

Michael Raynes put in an important block to bring another Orient attack while a long throw from Charlie Lee caused problems for Pools. The throw was flicked on by Jamie Turley, catching Scott Loach out and the ball made its way to the far post where Macauley Bonne could only scrape it wide under pressure from Donaldson.

With the half deep into added time and Orient ready to take their lead into the break, Pools grabbed an equaliser.

On-loan striker Nicke Kabamba made it three goals in as many games as he finished well past Brill to make it 1-1.

Buoyed by the leveller, Pools came out brightly after the break and put some early pressure on the visitors’ goal.

Liam Noble, on in place of Luke Molyneux late in the first half, sent a deep freekick into the box early in the second half, which was held by Brill, while Luke James volleyed wide from close range shortly after.

Pools had a great chance to take the lead on 58 minutes after real determination from Luke James won his team a penalty kick. James powered forward into the area from inside his own half only to be dragged over by Joe Widdowson inside the box.

Noble stepped up to take the penalty kick but saw Dean Brill go the right way and the Orient keeper made the save to keep things at 1-1.

Pools looked in confident mood though and kept going at Orient and when Noble picked out Donaldson with a lovely pass, it set off a move down the right that finished with a drilled effort on goal by Hawkes that was again held by Brill.

Scott Loach was in action on 70 minutes when he got down to pull off a great save to deny Jobi McAnuff a second goal after the winger had found himself in shooting range.

As Orient enjoyed their own spell of pressure, Myles Anderson got in well to block a shot from Craig Clay.

And Anderson was involved in the attack shortly after, bravely going in to try and pounce on a poor clearance to shoot on goal. But the defender was flattened by an Orient player and, while Pools may have been looking for another penalty, Orient picked up the freekick.

Pools showed some determined defending in the closing minutes to keep the visitors at bay, with a couple of big blocks by Raynes, another by Cunningham and a good save by Loack keeping things level.

With both teams giving everything, it was an energetic finish to a game that finished 1-1, with both teams having worked hard to earn their point.

Full Time: Pools 1 Leyton Orient 1  

Attendance: 3297 (439 Leyton Orient)

Booked: Molyneux (39), Donaldson (90)

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Raynes, Anderson (Cunningham 87), Amos, Featherstone, Molyneux (Noble 43), Hawkes, Kabamba, James.
Subs Not Used: Kitching, Hawkins, Muir.

Leyton Orient: Brill, Widdowson, McAnuff, Clay, Bonne, Judd, Happe, Brophy, Harrold (Alabi 68), Lee (Lawless 81), Turley.
Subs Not Used: Sargeant, Sotiriou, Shadrach.

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