We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to Brisbane Road.
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 16th September 2017, 12.30pm
Leyton Orient were relegated alongside Pools last term amidst a crisis off the field which finally saw unpopular owner Francesco Becchetti ousted during the summer.
That development prompted a wave of optimism at Brisbane Road and fans rallied around the club to snap up over 3,500 Season Tickets in an impressive show of support.
Despite an opening day defeat at Sutton United, The O’s recovered well under new boss Steve Davis and five wins from their following seven outings helped see them challenging at the top of the table.
Back-to-back defeats for the first time this season – to Boreham Wood and FC Halifax Town – have seen them drop outside the play-off positions ahead of the weekend’s game and they will be hoping to get back to form when Pools make their visit.
One To Watch
Macauley Bonne was drafted in during the summer following his release from Colchester United and he’s hit the ground running at Brisbane Road.
The 21-year-old has already hit the net seven times in the new campaign, including a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Guiseley at the start of the month.
A former Ipswich Town trainee, Bonne had been with Colchester since he was just 14 before swapping The U’s for The O’s in July.
Leyton Orient: WDWWLL
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 49th competitive meeting between the two sides and Orient have the slight edge having won on 20 occasions in comparison to Pools’ 19.
The O’s completed the double over Pools last term, winning 3-1 at The Vic in October before taking all three points with a damaging 2-1 win at Brisbane Road in April.
Pools have enjoyed fairly recent success on Orient’s patch though, enjoying a 2-0 triumph in March 2016 thanks to goals from Nathan Thomas and Billy Paynter.
Carl Brook will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Leyton Orient.
The official stepped up to the National League list of referees at the start of last season and he’s presided over four games so far this term.
His most recent outing came in August when he oversaw Eastleigh’s 2-0 home win over Tranmere Rovers, while he was at Orient for the second game of the season when they beat Solihull Moors 3-1.
Pools fans can follow the action live on Pools PlayerHD this weekend with Mark Simpson behind the microphone at Brisbane Road from 12.20pm.
Pools PlayerHD’s live commentary is available anywhere in the world so if you can’t get to the game make sure you’re listening in to stay right up-to-date.
Tickets will be available to Pools fans on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Brisbane Road.
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