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Preview: Leyton Orient v Pools

12 October 2018

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We turn our attentions to the weekend's big game with a full and in-depth previe

Leyton Orient v Pools
National League
Saturday 13th October 2018, 3pm
The Breyer Group Stadium

In Opposition
Just like Pools, Leyton Orient have had their fair share off-field drama during the last few years but things now seem to be coming together well at the newly-named Breyer Group Stadium.

The O’s were relegated alongside Pools in 2016/17 amidst ownership issues but they’ve now cast them aside and have made a strong start to the new campaign under boss Justin Edinburgh.

Orient are tucked in just behind leaders Salford City in the National League table going in to the weekend on the back of a run which has seen them win four out of their last five.

The only setback was the surprise defeat to Sutton United last time night on home soil and they’ll be looking to put that behind them against Pools when they’ll be backed by a near sell-out crowd after introducing a Football for a Fiver offer for the game.

Star Player
Macauley Bonne has underlined his reputation as one of the most dangerous strikers at National League level by hitting double figures already this season.

The front man handed The O’s a massive boost in the opening month of the campaign by signing a new two-year deal with the club and has gone on to score 10 goals in 15 games since.

The 22-year-old has found the net six times in his last five games, including a hat-trick in Orient’s 5-1 win at Braintree Town at the end of last month.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 51st competitive meeting between the sides and it’s been fairly well matched over the years, though Pools just edge it historically having won 21 to Orient’s 20.

Pools did the double over The O’s last term, winning 2-1 in front of the BT Sport cameras in the capital last September thanks to goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates before Louis Laing scored the only goal in the return fixture in April.

There hasn’t been a draw in the last nine games between the teams – the last one came back in November 2011 when Neil Austin’s penalty cancelled out Dean Cox’s opener at Brisbane Road.

Adrian Quelch will oversee his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Leyton Orient.

He’s now in to his third season on the National League’s list of referees and has so far presided over six games during the current campaign.

Quelch saw Orient draw on home soil with Ebbsfleet United in the opening week of the season, while his most recent outing was for Solihull Moors’ win at Havant & Waterlooville a fortnight ago.

Live Coverage
Mark Simpson will be providing live commentary on Pools PlayerHD direct from The Breyer Group Stadium from 2.50pm on Saturday.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD and accessing live commentary on every game in 2018/19 for as little as £24.99.

This game is now ALL-TICKET for Pools fans and all orders must be placed by 4pm on Friday with tickets then made available for collection from Orient on Saturday.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to The Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient have been installed as 3/4 favourites for three points this weekend, though Pools look good value at 7/2 and the draw is priced at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here to see a full list of Sky Bet odds ahead of Saturday's big game.

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Match Reports

Pools Battle For Point At Orient

13 October 2018

Mark Kitching Shutter Press
Mark Kitching in action at Leyton Orient

Pools dug deep in front of a bumper crowd at The Breyer Group Stadium to claim a point from a goalless draw with rivals Leyton Orient.

The hosts’ offer of Football for a Fiver attracted a large attendance and also drew an outstanding 600 fans from the North-East which all made for a memorable occasion in East London.

In the end the spoils were shared despite Orient being reduced to ten men just before the hour-mark when Joe Widdowson lunged in on Michael Woods leaving the referee with little option but to brandish the red card.

Matthew Bates opted to keep faith with the same side which started in last week’s 2-0 win over Boreham Wood, though Myles Anderson missed out through injury and Kenton Richardson returned to the bench.

The home side attempted to get on the front foot in the early stages and feed off the intense pre-match atmosphere, knocking the ball around with tempo and closing Pools down whenever the lost possession.

However, Pools kept their discipline and slowly grew in to the game, beginning to pose a threat when Niko Muir and Luke James linked-up to cause some problems for Justin Edinburgh’s high-flying outfit.

Peter Kioso and Muir both had efforts on goal, while Orient for the most part were restricted to shots from long-range, James Dayton twice firing over the bar when in space twenty-five yards out.

James showed typical tenacity to emerge from a tangle with Marvin Ekpiteta in possession of the ball but, after driving in towards the edge of the area, he screwed his shot well wide of the target.

Orient almost carved Pools open down the left after seizing on a mistake on the halfway line which allowed James Brophy to charge in to space to lay a ball across to Macauley Bonne whose intelligent touch gave Craig Clay the chance to shoot but he sent his effort too high.

The home side looked to start the second half at high tempo and they could have gone in front when Brophy drove at Kioso and sent a low ball across the box but nobody in red was close enough to apply the finishing touch and Pools escaped.

Then came the flashpoint as Widdowson took a heavy touch on the halfway line and went lunging in to try and regain possession, only to catch Woods very late. The referee consulted with his linesman before sending off the Orient full-back.

Pools looked to take advantage of the extra man with a little period of pressure which earned them a corner but, when Carl Magnay nodded the delivery back across goal, nobody could force it on target and Orient cleared.

The home crowd seemed galvanized by the red card and they raised the volume a few notches, which helped the hosts raise their game and get back on the front foot despite being a man light.

Skipper Jobi McAnuf sent a free-kick close from twenty-two yards, while James Alabi drew a smart save from Scott Loach after finding space on the right side of the penalty area.

Brophy was wasteful when he snatched at a shot and sent it wide when he got in to a similar area in the box moments later and then Loach had to be alert to tip Alabi’s close-range header over after a dangerous free-kick delivery.

The introduction of Josh Hawkes provided a little spark for Pools and he brilliantly jinked his way in to space in the left of the box but his low ball across was intercepted as Orient looked stretched.

Fellow substitute Marcus Dinanga could have had a decisive say late on when he let fly from outside the area to force keeper Dean Brill in to a full-length save before Conor Newton kept the attack alive but saw his drilled shot somehow stay out thanks to a combination of Brill and his post.

Orient pressed during a nervy six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game but Pools held firm in the face of a flurry of late corners to secure a second consecutive clean sheet and a very useful point on the road.

Full Time: Leyton Orient 0 Pools 0

Attendance: 6,877 (594 Pools)

Booked: Kioso (25), Magnay (58), Woods (63), Davies (75)

Leyton Orient: Brill, Judd (Ling 72), Coulson, Ekpiteta, Widdowson, McAnuff, Brophy (Koroma 72), Clay, Dayton (Harrold 80), Alabi, Bonne.
Subs Not Used:
Sargeant, Lawless.

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

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Ticket News

Over 500 Sold For All-Ticket Orient Game

12 October 2018

The Breyer Group Stadium
The Breyer Group Stadium is home to Leyton Orient

Here’s the lates important ticket information for supporters wanting to follow the team at Leyton Orient this weekend.

Pools fans have now snapped up over 500 tickets for Saturday’s game against Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The fixture is ALL-TICKET so any supporters who want to be there to cheer Matthew Bates’ men on against The O’s must buy their tickets in advance as there will be no availability on the day.

We have an allocation of up to 1,400 and Pools fans can order from The Super 6 Stadium and arrange for their tickets to be available for collection at Orient’s Away Ticket Office in the East Stand from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Online sales have now come to an end but Pools fans are still able to buy in-person at The Super 6 Ticket Office or over the telephone on 01429 272 584 (Option 2) until 4pm on Friday.

Wheelchair users and their carers are not charged for entry but will need to email to book their places.

Ambulant disabled supporters (and carers if required) are also free of charge providing they are claiming DLA at the middle or high rate or equivalent PIP.

Adults/Seniors/Under-18s - £5

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