After several years in the darkness, with multiple relegations, financial woes and battles to save the club, Leyton Orient have emerged back into the light. As champions of the Vanarama National League, The O’s cemented promotion back into the English Football League. Victory against AFC Fylde in the Buildbase FA Trophy would help crown a fantastic season with a league and cup double.
For AFC Fylde, the FA Trophy represents a chance to salvage something from a promising season. Having finished 5th in the Vanarama National League, the Lancashire side entered the National League play-offs, first overcoming Harrogate Town, before dispatching Solihull Motors in the semi-finals. Unfortunately though for Fylde, a 3-0 play-off final defeat against Salford City would prove to be the end of their quest for promotion.
The Coasters, therefore, enter the FA Trophy Final hoping to finish their season on a high by collecting silverware. They enter the final, having beaten National League North side Stockport in the semi-final in dramatic fashion. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Stockport scored to bring the score level at 2-2. But, in a dramatic late twist, Alex Reid scored just 60 seconds later to win it for Fylde and seal their place in the competition’s final for the second time.
With a league title in the bag, three players in the Vanarama National League team of the season, and a cup final still to come, Leyton Orient have shown themselves to be the dominant force at their level. A 0-0 draw on the final day of the season proving enough to see Orient crowned champions and seal a return to the English Football League after several seasons in the conference.
In the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, Orient defeated National League North side AFC Telford United in both legs for a 3-1 aggregate victory. It will be Orient’s first return to Wembley since losing to Rotherham United on penalties in the 2014 League One play-off final.
Leyton Orient are slight favourites entering the final, with odds of 27/20 (2.35) for victory against AFC Fylde. Fylde find themselves in with a decent chance, priced at 39/20 (2.95) to lift the trophy.
Leyton Orient have been the dominant side when the two sides matched up in the league this season, winning 2-0 at home against Fylde as recently March, having secured a 3-1 victory on the road back in November.
In Daniel Lucas Rowe, AFC Fylde boast the top scorer in the National League and the man who bagged their only goal against The O’s this season. Orient will face a hard task to keep him quiet, so we’re going for Leyton Orient to win 2-1 in 90 mins at 37/5 (8.40).
*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.