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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. 

who watch

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. 

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

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 - 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.

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


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