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MATCH PREVIEW: Orient away to kick off the month

Into London on Saturday

30 April 2021

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW: Orient away to kick off the month

Into London on Saturday

30 April 2021

United's last away game of the season is the trip into the East End to face Leyton Orient.


The transfer window was steady for the O's back in January, 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.

Things didn't quite go the way as planned in February and manager Ross Embleton was relieved of his duties at the end of the month, following a winless streak of seven games.

Experienced winger Jobi McAnuff took the hotseat on an interim basis, and results took an upturn with the O's losing just one of their six games in March.


However, it has to be said that inconsistency in results over the course of the season has been to their cost, with April a prime example of the frustration they've felt.

They had worked hard to put themselves in a position to mount an assault on the play-off places, but a heavy defeat at home to Cambridge was followed by a surprise loss to relegation haunted Southend last weekend.

That meant they'd won just one of their last five outings. Inetrim boss McAnuff spoke openly about a lack of leadership and character following that poor result, having pretty much accepted that a top seven spot was now all-but gone.

They tend be a tough prospect on their own turf, though, despite that Cambridge reverse earlier this month, and have lost just one of their last six home games.

who watch

Danny Johnson was our one to watch a month ago, and very little has changed on that front.

He has 19 goals and some impressive performances to his name, and he can be found either leading the line or working across the forward areas of the pitch.

He's become the focal point for the good work the O's do, both home and away, and he'll be guaranteed to be a handful.


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The sides have met a total of 57 times over the years, with a very even spread of results to show for it.

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

The March 2021 meeting of these sides was actually 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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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 - Sam Allison
Assistant Referee 1 - Louis Marks
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Evans
Fourth Official - Garry Maskell
Observer - Colin Hills

Our referee for this game is Mr Sam Allison.

He has been in charge of 33 games so far this season showing 94 yellow cards and one red.

He first officiated a game involving United in March 2021 when we made the short trip to The Globe Arena to face Morecambe. The hosts took a three-goal lead before Aaron Hayden bagged a late consolation, and Lewis Alessandra was the only Carlisle name taken on the day.


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