Orient and Havant look for better after FA Cup exits
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 October 2018
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The O’s had a record crowd at home two weekends ago, but will aim to find a winning goal this time around
Two clubs who suffered bad results in the FA Cup last weekend, Leyton Orient and Havant & Waterlooville, will look to bounce back in the National League on Saturday at the Breyer Group Stadium.
Both teams lost what they would have felt were winnable ties and it meant they missed out on home draws with League Two sides in the first round.
Havant were dumped out by Met Police in one of the shocks of the fourth qualifying round, which denied them a chance to host Newport County, while O’s slumped to a 2-0 loss at league rivals Maidstone United which prevented another meeting in E10 with Macclesfield Town.
Saturday will offer both a chance to put things right and Orient will aim to get back to the superb form they were producing in east London on a regular basis earlier in the season.
Before losing 1-0 to Sutton United at the Breyer Group Stadium on September 29, Justin Edinburgh’s side had won four in a row at home and scored 13 goals in that time.
Yet they have fired blanks in both of their last two games in E10 – the loss to the U’s and in the goalless draw with Hartlepool United last time out on October 13.
The 0-0 draw could be considered a good result, however, given O’s played with 10 men for more than half an hour and still looked the most likely to win.
“Our fans were trying to suck the ball in at the end of the Hartlepool game and they tried ever so hard,” Edinburgh said.
“It was the fine margins and in the final third we perhaps didn’t have that quality that we have had over numerous weeks now.”
Edinburgh will be hoping to see Orient back among the goals this weekend against a side who only come up last season after winning the National League South.
Havant have won just two from 16 in the league and sit in 21st spot at the moment, which places them in the relegation zone, but they are no pushovers.
Each of their last four matches have ended 1-0 to the opposition, so they don’t concede a lot of goals, which means O’s will have to be patient.
While Orient will not have 6,877 supporters watching this match, like they did for the Pools draw, Edinburgh will be eager to reward the home faithful with a win and some goals this time.
“I think our performance deserved the results (of Salford City and Harrogate Town) to go for us,” he added, in reference to City and Town dropping points on October 13.
“Our incredible crowd were fantastic throughout against Hartlepool and it was just a shame we couldn’t get a winning goal on what was an incredible day at the Breyer Group Stadium.”
The O’s will hope Saturday is equally memorable and this time, they will aim to find a winner for the Orient supporters.