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23 March 2021 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: Orient next up at Brunton Park

Blues host the O's on Tuesday

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Orient were meant to be the first opponents of the New Year to come to Brunton Park - but January became a case of 'least said, soonest mended' with a raft of postponements meaning that the best laid schemes did indeed gang aft a-gley.



It's now some 15 months since these teams last met, with Orient's trip to Cumbria last season booted into the long grass due to national lockdown number one and the subsequent curtailing of the campaign.

Last month's scheduled meeting fell foul of the weather, and we aren't due to come together in London until the end of the season - our final away trip of this particular battle to get games played.

The transfer window was steady for the O's, with West Ham midfielder Dan Kemp heading into the Matchroom on a half-season loan deal to spark things up.

Wycombe midfielder Nick Freeman did the same as Jordan Maguire-Drew went the other way to join Crawley. Centre back and free agent Adam Thompson moved to London having left Rotherham by mutual consent, and the dangerous Tristan Abrahams signed a loan deal from Newport which keeps him in the Orient until the summer.



The O's are well within touching distance of the play-off places and their January business suggests they mean to push on through the second half of the season.

Back to back 0-0 draws with Crawley and Colchester have given them a solid start to February, and those results were welcome with them having just suffered a home defeat to Forest Green and an away loss at Bolton.

The duo of recent draws are unusual, as they tend to either win or lose, with 11 league victories to match their 11 league defeats.


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Tristan Abrahams has always been a threat, and it was perhaps a bit of a surprise that Newport allowed him to make the move during January.

He spoke about how much of an easy decision it was for him to return to a place where he'd always felt comfortable, and that can only help as he looks to add to the eight goals he bagged in his 28 appearances for the Exiles this season.

He's mobile, he has a physical presence, and he has that eye for goal. He's our one to watch.


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The sides have met a total of 56 times over the years, with a very even spread of results to show for it.

  Carlisle wins Draws Leyton Orient wins
League 21 14 20
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 22 14 20

October 2019 took the Blues to East London where a clean strike from Jack Iredale just after the break cancelled out an early Josh Wright penalty.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

These teams came together in February 2017, also at the home of the O's. Gavin Massey gave the hosts the lead but strikes from Gary Liddle and Jamie Proctor earned the visitors a creditable 2-1 victory. The afternoon took a bad turn for Proctor, though, when he was sent off just eight minutes after bagging the winner.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The sides met earlier that season at Brunton Park where they played out a 2-2 draw. The Blues had to come from behind twice as Paul McCallum and Harry Cornick netted for the Orient. Charlie Wyke got United's first, with Danny Grainger caliming the point from the penalty spot late in the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - James Bell
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Graham
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Matthew Dicicco

Our referee for this game is Mr James Bell. 

He's taken charge of 19 games so far this season and has shown six red cards and 59 yellows.

This is the second time James has taken charge of a Carlisle United fixture. He was our official for the away game at Port Vale in October 2020. Jon Mellish scored the winner and Lewis Alessandra was the only name taken on the day.

In the National League last season, he was the man in the middle for the August play-off final between Harrogate Town and Notts County prior to his pormotion to the league list.



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