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PREVIEW: United host the O's this weekend

High-flying Orient come to Brunton Park

20 October 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: United host the O's this weekend

High-flying Orient come to Brunton Park

20 October 2022

It'll be another good test on our own turf as Leyton Orient head north at the weekend.

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It's been a good start from the O's despite a slight stutter through October which has seen them draw twice and lose once in the league.

The home game against Newport turned out to be a pinch, punch, first of the month affair as the Exiles scored twice against the run of play in the first half. Aaron Drinan pulled one back, and Orient dominated, but the visitors held on to take the points.

That, of course, remains their only league defeat of the campaign to date, with September seeing them top the table as they won all four of their League Two fixtures.

They hosted the Chelsea U21 side in the Papa Johns on Tuesday night and they appeared to have worked their way to victory as they held a 2-1 advantage going into the 87th minute. But the Chelsea youngsters had other ideas as they first levelled things up and then nicked it, bagging the winner with the last touch of the game. That left the O's at the foot of their group.

A trip to Crewe awaits in the first-round of the Emirates FA Cup, in one of the many league club against league club ties that were drawn our of the hat, but definitely a priority for boss Richie Wellens will be a return to winning ways as things tighten up through what is always a tricky period of the season.

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Foward Paul Smyth has two goals from the last five games, five in total, and is looking like he's starting to settle.

Getting a regular run of games was his aim when he joined from Accrington two summers ago, and that's been the case for him so far this season.

He can play wide or through the middle, and is tenacious in his approach.


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The sides have met a total of 60 times over the years, with a very even spread of results to show for it.

  Carlisle wins Draws Leyton Orient wins
League 23 15 21
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 24 15 21

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 - Thomas Parsons
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Conor Brown
Fourth Official - Darren Handley
Observer - Clive Oliver

Our referee for this game is Mr Thomas Parsons. Thomas has taken charge of nine games so far this season and has shown 43 yellow cards and two reds.

This is his first season in the EFL and the first time he has taken charge of a Carlisle fixture.


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