Match Preview: Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town

The Silkmen travel to East London this Saturday, in the first of two trips which will sternly test our promotion credentials.

The National League leaders boast an impressive five consecutive victories ahead of the clash and will face a Leyton Orient side who have struggled to adapt to life in the fifth tier since their relegation from the Football League last summer.

John Askey’s side are on fire at the minute and this was exemplified by last week’s 5 – 0 FA Cup victory at Stourbridge – despite several changes to the starting eleven being made.

Everyone at the club is daring to dream without getting too carried away, and this notion has been echoed by Elliott Durrell this week.

 

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Elliott Durrell in action against Stourbridge last week (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

Speaking to Silkmen TV, the former Chester forward stated –

We are only getting stronger.

There is a buzz about the place and long may it continue.

There is never an easy game in this league. It is an unforgiving league in that when you are having a bad time the games come thick and fast, but when you are flying and have won five games on the bounce you just want them to keep coming.

Elliott Durrell. Speaking to Silkmen TV

 

Macc should be able field a full strength line-up at Brisbane Road, with Kieran Kennedy the only slight injury concern following his clattering at Stourbridge last week.

The convincing manner of the FA Cup victory may well give Sir John a selection headache however, as he attempts to mastermind a sixth consecutive victory.

Speaking in the wake of the FA Cup First Round draw, here is what John had to say courtesy of Silkmen TV –

 

 

Orient currently lie 17th in the National League, eleven points behind The Silkmen.

After an impressive start to their home campaign which saw them pick up ten points out of a possible twelve, the East Londoners have been defeated in their last three league matches in front of their own fans – as Halifax, Hartlepool and Fylde all left Brisbane Road with maximum points.

Yet they will draw some confidence from an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay victory in midweek, as a first half strike from Macauley Bonne proved to be enough to see off neighbours Dagenham and Redbridge.

Speaking after the game, Orient Manager Steve Davis revelled in the new 5-3-2 formation he employed, and had this to say to the East London Advertiser –

You’ve always really got to build the base from not conceding because I always feel like we’ll create chances and we always do,” said Davis.

“As I say, they seem to have adapted very well to the change of system and we’ve got different players to play in all the positions.

“We are a little bit short in one or two areas because I had 11 out for the replay, but the lads that did play did extremely well and they’ll stay in the team.”

Steve Davis. Speaking to the East London Advertiser

 

The last time Macc travelled down to face Orient was for an opening day fixture back in 2005.

Joe Keith’s second minute opener was cancelled out by Paul Harsley, who was on hand to tap in John Miles’ thunderbolt which smashed against the post in the 57th minute.

Yet some atrocious Silkmen defending presented Efe Echanomi with a simple finish deep into injury time to hand the hosts an undeserved victory.

You can see a comprehensive history of our trips to Brisbane Road here

Despite only one win to our name at the home of The O’s, we go there full of confidence and optimistic that by Saturday evening, we will have doubled that tally.

There are still discounted match tickets available for collection at the Moss Rose ahead of the game, and these will be available until 15:00 tomorrow.

Prices are as below –

Advance Ticket Prices

Adult – £18

Concessions – £16

U18’s – £5

Matchday Ticket Prices

Adult – £20

Concessions – £18

U18’s – £5

 

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