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PREVIEW: We welcome the O's this weekend

A look at our next opponents

13 October 2023

Carlisle United v Leyton Orient, Saturday 14 October, kick off 3pm


Orient seem to be settling in League One after a bumpy start, having won the League Two title under Richie Wellens last term.

A run of three straight defeats at the start of the season was taken in the stride as a draw away at Blackpool and a home win over Cambridge put smiles back on faces.

The last five league games have brought two wins, two draws and just the one defeat, and a climb up the table with an overall 14-point haul.

The Tuesday home game with Lincoln City at the start of this month was abandoned in tragic circumstances.

Around 20 fans ran on to the pitch to alert referee Stephen Martin to a medical emergency in the crowd, and it was called off with 82 minutes on the clock as an extended period of treatment was administered. 

Sady it was later revealed that lifelong fan Derek Reynolds (aged 74) had passed away, despite the best efforts of the emergency services. 

Our thoughts are with Derek's family and friends at this very sad time. 

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Midfielder Ruel Sotiriou is 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 four goals from 13 appearances this season. 

He has 30 goals in 138 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 23
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 24 15 23

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 thatnks 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 caliming the point from the penalty spot late in the game.

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Referee - Ed Duckworth
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official - Paul Cooper
Observer - Russell Tiffin

Our referee for this game is Mr Ed Duckworth. Ed has taken charge of nine games so far this season showing 49 yellow cards and one red.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 1 Orient

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

14 October 2023

Leyton Orient made the trip up from east London for Saturday's League One fixture and United were unchanged for a third game in a row as they looked to build on the four points earned from their last two fixtures.

The O's had lost just one of their last five games, showing that their early season struggle to settle at the next level up had been overcome.

A kick forward from midfield was nodded inside by Garner momnets after kick-off, and McCalmont was on it like a flash. He sent it back out wide, and Garner twice beat his man before a clearance was made. Armer took the throw, and United kept possession as they looked for a way through. 

Orient showed on six minutes when a wayward pass from Back brought the visitors forward at pace. The right back redeemed himself with a block, but the corner from Brown found Happe on the leap. Holy tipped that over the bar.

A half clearance from the next set piece was controlled by El Mizouni, 25-yards out, and he beat his man as he shaped to shoot. The thunderbolt crunched against the bar and rebounded for Sotiriou to head. With a gaping net he got his bearings wrong, and Holy was able to drop to gather as it bounced his way.

A free kick on Moxon saw the midfielder dust himself off before rolling it out wide to Gibson. His cross was wicked, but Happe leaped highest to get it away.

There was a scare for the hosts on 20 minutes when Galbraith and Hunt opened a gap down the flank. A low cross ripped across the face of the target but there was nobody there to apply a touch.

The O's took the lead on 21 minutes when Sotiriou was played through by Pigott with a ball to chase. Holy advanced outside his box, but the deftest of touches from the number 10 took the stopper out of the equation. He still had plenty to do, but he found enough power to send it into the bottom corner of the empty nets.

United looked for a response and Armer was once again released down the left. Moxon and McCalmont got involved, but Gibson's cross skipped all the way through to Brynn.

Hesitation in midfield allowed Hunt to break away and Mellish did well with good covering as the cross came in. He gave it the slightest of touches to send it behind to safety.

A typical forceful run from Mellish rasied spirits as he ate up the grass, and Brown took one for the team with a lunge of a challenge. Owen Moxon lined it up, 26-yards out, but he drilled it into the wall, and his follow-up effort screwed into the Warwick.

The lively Sotiriou was on his toes once again at the other end and Holy had to save at his feet just as the toe poke was coming. Both players needed attention after the coming together.

Carlisle picked things up ahead of the break and a deflected cross from Gibson found its way to Back at the far post. His first touch took it out of his feet but he was quickly closed down as he tried to shoot. 

Pigott headed well wide after Hunt and Galbraith had found a neat exchange in time added on for the half, and Sotiriou had one charged down when he was given an opening, with the O's heading up the tunnel with their slender lead.

A link up between Guy and Back sent the latter scampering towards the byeline at the start of the second period, and Garner was up to meet it with a salmon of a leap. His 10-yard header floated over the bar.

There was real purpose to the home play and Moxon turned away from Happe with a flick of the instep. The centre back recovered enough to divert it into Brynn's hands.

Gibson then tested Brynn with a delivery that dipped late. The keeper had to backtrack before pushing it away from under the woodwork. Moxon's corner had venom, and another set piece was signalled as it skimmed off two white shirts.

The next set piece was similar, but Garner was toppled before he could get there as it once again ripped past everyone.

Skipper El Mizouni sent a firm header into the Warwick from a long throw, but it was Carlisle's turn to test once agan when Garner was tugged back by Archibald. Moxon sent the free kick in, and Garner dived full length to glance it. Brynn went to his left to palm it.

Orient responded with a break that saw Pigott beat the offisde trap. He bided his time before picking out a late run from El Mizouni. From close range the midfielder could only find the side netting.

Break followed counter-break as the pace of the game increased in the closing 20 minutes, but Holy kept his concentrtion as Galbraith got on the end of a move along the right wing. He opted to try to place his effort as he chopped back inside but it was right at the keeper.

Brynn completely misjudged a swirler from Moxon with 10 minutes left on the clock, and he fell to his knees as he waited to see if a touch would leave him with egg on his face. He eventually stabbed fingers at it to clear the danger.

Moxon caused problems with a superb delivery that was met by Garner, who had made his way between two defenders. The ball was ushered out, and Orient had to shut the doors three teams as Moxon, Lavelle and Ablade tried their luck.

Another teaser of a corner was flicked at the front stick by Edmondson, with the decibel levels rising, and Garner was next to get on the end of one as he stood tall and deep. He nodded it back into the mix but a clearance was made.

Ablade rode two challenges to set a thunderbolt loose as the home pressure mounted, but there was more disappointment when it smacked onto the upright and ricocheted free and clear.

Orient mounted a late attack that fizzled out to nothing, but they regrouped to see the game out and to claim the points.


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Leyton Orient - Sotiriou (21)



Leyton Orient - Brown (38), Turns (75), El Mizouni (90+3)



Carlisle United - Holy, Back (Edmondson 81), Lavelle (c), Mellish, Armer, Gibson (Ablade 71), Moxon, Guy, McCalmont, Garner, Maguire (Plange 70). Subs - Andresson, Whelan, Robinson, Barclay.

Leyton Orient -Brynn, Turns (James 75), Happe, Brown, Pigott (Forde 80), Sotiriou (Drinan 58), Archibald, Cooper, El Mizouni (c), Galbraith, Hunt (Graham 80). Subs - Howes (gk), Sweeney, Moncur.


Match officials

Referee - Ed Duckworth
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official - Paul Cooper
Observer - Russell Tiffin


Attendance - 8,355 (424)

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