Leyton Orient will entertain Welsh team Wrexham on Saturday afternoon at Brisbane Road knowing that Wrexham will be on the lookout for all 3 points to keep their promotion hopes alive via the play offs.
The kick off time at Brisbane Road will be 3.00pm UK time (4.00pm CET and Malta time) with the weather forecast showing a hot day in the sun for the two teams.
On Tuesday the O’s lost 1-0 draw to Hartlepool United to stay in 14th place in the National League but the victory was vital for Pools and ensured they will remain in the National League next season and play Leyton Orient at least twice in the next campaign.
Orient will feel slightly aggrieved not to have returned home from Victoria Park without at least a point as Justin Edinburgh’s team dominated large sections of the match.
Hartlepool climbed to 17th with the win, seven points clear of Woking in 21st place who have two games to play. Guiseley and Chester have now been relegated with Torquay odds on to join them. So it will be Woking or Barrow to fight it out for survival in the upcoming games.
The O’s dominated from the off forcing a number of corners, while Hartlepool’s first sight of goal was a Ryan Donaldson header that was cleared off the line in the 16th minute. In the 19th minute Orient missed a great chance to take the lead when Josh Koroma shot wide when presented with a one on one with Pools keeper Scott Loach.
Hartlepool were looking for Superman to get them out of a twist but found Louis Laing instead and he eased the tension inside Victoria Park when he gave the home side the lead in the 38th minute, finding the net with a header over stranded Orient keeper Dean Brill.
Despite a number of half chances in the second half the O’s were unable to find a leveller and although Devante Rodney was sent off for Hartlepool in injury time for two bookable offences O’s were unable to find the net, but Rodney’s side hung on to claim the three points that will keep them in the non league top tier next season.
The corresponding Orient v Wrexham game at the racecourse Ground in October saw an exciting game with a 2-2 draw between the pair.
Saturday’s opponents are a different kettle of fish. Wrexham are currently in 8th place, one place off the play off places with just two games for them to play. A defeat for the team from north Wales would most likely see their play off hopes disappear in what has been a pretty solid season for the visitors. Fylde are on 71 points in 6th, Ebbsfleet on 70 points and Wrexham on 69 points. Fylde and Wrexham only have 2 games to play while Ebbsfleet have 3 games so if Orient see off Wrexham then the game is almost up for the away team in terms of play off chances.
An unexpected 2-1 defeat at home to Dagenham and Redbridge last Saturday helped Wrexham not one iota and they will be looking to take the game to the O’s. They have too!
Having entertained a 16 match unbeaten run from 23rd December to the first week of April they have hit a bad patch just at the wrong time losing 3 of the last 4 and seem to be the current draw specialist with more drawers than an Ikea cabinet. A draw is not out of the reckoning here either.
Wrexham haven’t won in 5 games with 3 defeats and 2 draws.
Wrexham have drawn a whopping 18 games out of 44.
Orient have 1 defeat in 6.
Wrexham have a paltry 49 goals from 44 games this season.
Macauley Bonne is top scorer for Orient with 20 goals.
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