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The Big Match Preview: Leyton Orient

31 March 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 clash at the Matchroom Stadium (k.o. 3pm).

Leyton Orient vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 1st April 2017, k.o. 3pm
Matchroom Stadium, E10 5NE
Referee: Charles Breakspear

- Read Gareth Ainsworth's pre-match thoughts
- Paul Hayes looks ahead to the run-in
- Flashback to the 3-1 win in August 2011

Seven games to go, four points off the play-offs. The play-off dream is still alive, and three points on Saturday could spark a great late surge into the top seven.

Momentum appeared to be building with a five-game unbeaten streak before Gareth Ainsworth's men slipped to a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Notts County last weekend, but the opportunity to bounce back arrives with a trip to bottom club Leyton Orient as Wanderers look to build on successive away victories at Grimsby and Hartlepool.

Orient have bigger issues at stake than the three points on offer, with their well-publicised off-field problems culminating in a fourth managerial departure of the season so far in midweek. Danny Webb had instilled a fighting spirit and produced some impressive results, but left his post on Wednesday night with assistant boss Omer Riza taking the reins for the rest of the season.

They need wins quickly to keep alive any hopes of remaining in the EFL, although five of their last seven matches come against sides chasing promotion, and they need to find a remedy for their cursed home record which reads 16 defeats from 20 played in the league so far.

With Mansfield facing Exeter and Luton meeting Blackpool on the same day, there's the chance to make up ground on the top seven, and Wycombe must grab it with both hands.

There's good news with Aaron Pierre and Scott Kashket returning to training this week, following quickly after Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood made the bench last Saturday after spells on the sidelines, while Paris Cowan-Hall is back from suspension.

Wycombe have won 12 of the 18 meetings overall, although one of Orient's five wins was enough to relegate the Chairboys from League 1, when Scott McGleish was on target for the O's in a 2-0 win in May 2010.

Kashket struck the winner in the reverse fixture in December, while last season's encounters resulted in 1-1 draw in London and a 2-0 Orient win at Adams Park.

Man in the middle
Charles Breakspear is in charge again just two-and-a-half weeks after he refereed the 1-1 draw with Plymouth at Adams Park.

He's shown 141 yellow cards and seven reds in his 34 games so far this season.

Minute's applause
Orient fans are planning a minute's applause in the 50th minute of the game in memory of loyal O's fan Frankie Bish, who has died tragically in an accident.

Chairboys supporters are asked to join in and pay their respects to Frankie.

Advance ticket sales cease at 1pm on Friday; after that, they can be purchased on the day at the following prices.

Adults: £24
Seniors (65+): £15
Students: £15
Under 18s: £5

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park up until 4pm on Friday, or from the East Stand ticket office on Brisbane Road from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

By Adrian Wood

Postcode: E10 5NF

Recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London, then the northbound M25. At junction 27 follow signs to ‘London (NE), M11’ onto the M11 southbound. After 7.1 miles, where the road divides, bear right (signed A406 N. Circ. Rd West) onto the North Circular Road. Keep in left hand lanes and take first exit after 0.6 miles (signed Walthamstow and City A104). At the roundabout turn left into Woodford New Road A104. At next roundabout (Whipps Cross) after 1.2 miles, take the second exit (signed A104 Bakers Arms, Leyton) and follow road round to left into Lea Bridge Road. Half a mile further on, turn left into Leyton Green Road (signposted to Leyton and Stratford). Filter left after 0.3 miles and turn left at T-junction into Leyton High Road. After 1.2 miles (you should be able to see the floodlights), the ground is down the side streets on the right.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 62

Recommended area for car parking
Due to being in a highly residential area, there is limited parking in the immediate area. There is limited on-street parking in the streets around the ground though many of the roads are parking for permit holders only. Please take care when parking to avoid penalty fines.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12:00. Travel prices are £14 for adults, £13 for seniors, and £12 for juniors. The price for non-members is £18 (no refund if game is cancelled). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail ( you need to do so by Thursday, March 30th at 17:00.

Using the train?
This is probably the best option for this trip. Take Chiltern Trains into Marylebone and then take the Bakerloo Line southbound to Oxford Circus. Change here on to the Central Line and travel east to Leyton. Exit the station and turn right down Leyton High Road. Cross over the road and continue down it. You will come to Coronation Gardens on your left and the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen behind them. Take the next left past the gardens into Buckingham Road for the ground. An off peak travel card will cost you £12.30.

Facilities for away fans
The current ground capacity is 9,271 (all seated). The stadium, which many fans still refer to as its original name of Brisbane Road has seen a lot of re-development in recent years, with the construction of three new stands. Currently away supporters are housed in one side (towards the South End) of the Main Stand, where there are a couple of supporting pillars that may impede your view. This stand is all seated. Around 1,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. The general enquiries number at the stadium is 0871 310 1883.

Facilities around the ground
There is a supporters club (located in the West Stand) that admits visiting fans for a nominal fee. This is not very large and does fill up quickly. The nearest pub to the ground is the ‘Coach and Horses’. To get there turn right outside Leyton station and walk for about half-a-mile The hostelry is on the left, within sight of the floodlights. Also coming recommended is the Birkbeck Tavern in Langthorne Road behind the tube station. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and offers a number of rotating guest beers. Also, not far from the tube station along the High Road (on the left before the KFC) is the Leyton Technical pub, which is frequented by away fans. This small pub stocks a number of real ales and also serves food.

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