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PREVIEW: We meet again

FA Cup action at Orient this weekend

2 November 2023

Leyton Orient v Carlisle United, FA Cup Round One, Saturday 4 November, kick off 3pm


Since their one-goal victory in Cumbria three weeks ago the O's have proved to be hard to beat, with three consecutive draws against Barnsley, Northampton and Burton.

Indeed their only defeat in the last 10 outings in all competitions was a 1-0 away reverse at Fleetwood.

A run of three straight defeats at the start of the season was taken in the stride and brushed aside as they started to settle following last season's promotion under Richie Wellens.

They're a team with a record that's as level as they come with five wins, five draws and five defeats from their 15 league games so far.

They aren't prolific by any means, with just 14 league goals to their name, but they tend not to give too much away at the other end.

This is just our second meeting in this competition. You have to go all the way back to the 1936/37 campaign to find the first one - when the opposition were known as Clapton Orient - and that was a 4-1 home win for the Blues thanks to goals from McArdle (2), James and O'Grady. The victory secured the club a place in round three.

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Midfielder Ruel Sotiriou was the one we picked for the meeting at home a few weeks ago, and we're doing the same again this time round.

He's a home grown product who cut his teeth on the non-league loan circuit with Chelmsford, Hampton & Richmond and Dover.

The 23-year-old is now a regular, and a bit of a favourite, with five goals from 16 appearances this season. 

He has 31 goals in 141 appearances in total for the O's and is one to weigh in with assists as well, with a creative attacking streak at the heart of his game.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Leyton Orient wins
League 23 15 24
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 24 15 24

These teams met at Brunton Park in October 2023 when Ruel Sotiriou latched onto a through ball before poking it into the bottom corner. It was the only goal of a tight game.

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A late Jon Mellish own goal gave Orient the points at Brisbane Road in April 2023 as both sides eventually headed towards promotion to League One via their respective routes. 

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There was plenty to talk about after the O's took a 3-2 win from their trip to Brunton Park in October 2022. Theo Archibald gave the visitors the lead, but Ryan Edmondson pounced to level things up. Archibald scored again moments later, and Edmondson was sent off to make the task ahead even tougher. Aaron Drinan extended the visiting lead to two goals after half time, and a strike on the hour from Jordan Gibson wasn't quite enough to open the door to a levelling of the scores.

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Manager Paul Simpson's first game in charge of his second spell with the club was won thanks to an early goal from Omari Patrick in February 2022.

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Carlisle hosted Orient in August 2021 and they took the lead courtesy of an early Tristan Abrahams penalty. Harry Smith levelled with just over 15 minutes to go, and it ended at 1-1 with a share of the spoils.

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It was a game packed with incident in May 2021 as Orient went ahead through Conor Wilkinson at the Breyer Group Stadium with three minutes on the clock. Jon Mellish pulled it level just before the break, but the O's were back in front almost straight away as Dan Kemp netted. Magnus Norman saved a penalty, and it became United's day as Lewis Alessandra bagged from the spot. That paved the way for George Tanner to snatch a late, late winner in time added on.

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The March 2021 meeting of these sides was actually at the fourth time of asking with the previous fixture dates having fallen foul of cold weather (twice) and a covid outbreak. It appeared to be heading towards a 0-0 draw until Conor Wilkinson snatched a late, late winner for the visitors.

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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.

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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.

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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 claiming the point from the penalty spot late in the game.

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Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Garry Maskell
Assistant Referee 2 - Ryan Head
Fourth Official - Harry Wager
Observer - Michael Bull

Our referee for this game is Mr Seb Stockbridge. Seb has taken charge of 13 games so far this season showing 66 yellow cards and one red.

Click HERE for the Ref Watch article that accompanies this article.


We have been allocated an initial 400 seated tickets for this fixture. 

Tickets will be available to purchase on the match day from the home ticket office and the price will not increase.

Fans can also collect tickets from the outside home ticket office at the collections kiosk.


Adult - £15
Senior 65+ - £12
U18 - £12

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant concession price, with a carer free of charge.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Orient 3 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

4 November 2023

United were in east London for their FA Cup first-round meeting with Orient on Saturday afternoon.

The Cumbrians bowed out of this season’s Emirates FA Cup competition at the first-round stage as they fell to two second half sucker punches, having got themselves into a position where they looked to be edging on top.

And more of a concern was what looked to be a horrible injury for Callum Guy which left him needing a stretcher and a trip to an East London hospital.

The game started with the 463-strong travelling support in good voice, with manager Paul Simpson having made just one change to the starting eleven from last weekend with Jack Robinson in for the suspended Jack Armer.

Keeper Jokull Andresson was cup-tied by parent club Reading, so Gabe Breeze stepped up, and Paul Huntington missed out through a sickness bug which had struck him down through Thursday and Friday night.

Fin Back was still absent, and that meant that Ben Barclay continued on the right-hand side of the back line.

Carlisle started brightly as they tested the box with deliveries and Mellish asked Brynn a question when he jumped to meet a delivery from Guy. The downward header was on target but the keeper got in the way.

Defender Sam Lavelle caused a scramble when he got on the end of another decent set piece, but the same player was left with his head in his hands when he was judged to have fouled Dan Happe with just 11 minutes on the clock.

He protested that he’d been tugged off balance, hence the reason for the raised boot, but referee Seb Stockbridge pointed stubbornly at the spot. Joe Piggott stuttered his run-up and sent Holy the wrong way as he found the bottom corner.

The afternoon took its worst turn for the away side when Guy went down three minutes later, clearly in agony. A prolonged period of treatment followed before he was led off to the waiting ambulance. That brought McGeouch into the fray somewhat earlier than had been planned.

United may have been rocked but an incisive move put Butterworth into space. He strode forward and unleashed a blistering effort, but it struck Joe Garner and bounced away to safety.

Jordan Gibson was next to tease a lovely ball forward and Sean Maguire showed good movement to get on to the beautifully flighted pass. He looked to guide his second touch over his shoulder but it rose too high and dipped over the bar.

Half chances came and went for both teams ahead of the break, and Simpson looked to shake things up for the second period when he brought Whelan on for Butterworth and pushed Mellish into the midfield berth.

It appeared to work as blue shirts flooded forward, and Mellish found room to turn and slide a pass to Garner, who was sprinting towards the edge of the box. A stinger of a drive was going in until Brynn dived long to parry.

But the stranded stopper could do nothing when Barclay crossed from the resulting throw. Garner was unmarked and he calmly guided the equaliser over the line.

United looked confident, and Moxon pulled a shot wide as more intricate play once again opened things up. The movement was good, and the energy levels high, but the wind was taken out of the sails when James gambled on a lobbed, sweeping delivery into the box. Drinan had also chanced his arm and he celebrated in front of the home end when he tumbled his way to meet it and bundle it underneath Holy.

Carlisle’s keeper saved low from the same man moments later, and watched on in relief when Garner, back for defensive duties from a free kick, miscued a clearing header onto his own bar.

Home pressure mounted and Drinan was denied a further time when Holy leaped at his feet to block what would otherwise have been a simple finish.

The O’s sealed their progression on 90 minutes when Sotoriou pounced on hesitation in midfield to scamper free and clear. A bullet of a finish rifled through Holy’s legs.



Leyton Orient - Pigott (11 pen), Drinan (66), Sotiriou (90)

Carlisle United - Garner (50)



Leyton Orient - Cooper (8), Forde (14), El Mizouni (60), Happe (70), Sweeney (90+6)

Carlisle United - Robinson (72)



Leyton Orient - Brynn, James, Turns, Happe, Cooper (Sweeney 64), Brown, El Mizouni (Pratley 90), Galbraith (Moncur 77), Archibald, Forde (Drinan 46), Pigott (Sotiriou 77). Subs - Howes (gk), Beckles, Pegrum.

Carlisle United - Holy, Barclay, Robinson, Lavelle, Mellish, Guy (McGeouch 20), Moxon, Butterworth (Whelan 46), Gibson (Plange 83), Maguire (Ablade 77), Garner (Edmondson 83). Subs - Breeze (gk).


Match officials

Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Garry Maskell
Assistant Referee 2 - Ryan Head
Fourth Official - Harry Wager
Observer - Michael Bull


Attendance - 3,808 (463)

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