PREVIEW | Leyton Orient v Chester
London calling again for Marcus Bignot’s Blues – with a second trip to the capital in the space four days, as we travel to Leyton Orient.
The Blues drew 1-1 with Neil Smith’s Bromley last time out – and proved value for their point with an impressive display.
Ross Hannah fired the visitors into the lead with 14 minutes on the clock, before Louis Dennis responded for the Lillywhites moments after the restart.
Steve Davis found himself sacked as Orient manager last week, who now find themselves slipping further and further down the National League table.
Ross Embleton and Dean Brill have been entrusted with the reins on a temporary basis until a replacement has been sought, and drew their first game in charge against league leaders Dover Athletic at the weekend.
The O’s have failed to register a win in the league since the 2nd September, when Macauley Bonne scored a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Guiseley at Brisbane Road. A run that now sees them 12 games without a win.
Orient will be missing three experienced players. Charlie Lee, Josh Coulson and George Elokobi all remain sidelined, but Embleton and Brill should have a virtually fully fit squad to pick from.
Chester last won at Brisbane Road back in 2005, when Stewart Drummond scored the only goal of the encounter to record a 1-0 victory.
Tuesday evening marks the first meeting between the two clubs since reformation back in 2010.
Leyton Orient’s final victory at Chester City came in 2006, and the 2-0 win for the visitors also marked Keith Curle’s last game in charge after the Blues 11th defeat in 12 games.
ONE TO WATCH
Macauley Bonne – striker
With eight goals to his name this season, the 22-year old has proved to be the O’s only attacking threat so far.
Bonne made the move to Brisbane Road this summer from Colchester United, and progressed through the youth system at United way after previously being at home-town club Ipswich Town.
On his 18th birthday, Bonne was brought on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Clinton Morrison when at Colchester, and scored his debut goal eight minutes after making his way onto the field in a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United.
Bonne could feature for the O’s after missing the 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet United last weekend because he was on international duty with Zimbabwe.
Kick off at the Matchroom Stadium is 7.45pm. Ticket prices can be found here
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