Saturday, the 4th of March 2017. That will be the day where the dream of staying in The Football League will be destroyed for one side and hope will be re-boosted for the other as the bottom 2 teams, Newport County & Leyton Orient battle it out in South Wales.
LAST TIME OUT
Last time out, it was only the second game of the season and no one knew how much of an important fixture it would turn out to be.
Newport County took all 3 points against the O’s as defender Jamie Turley grabbed his first goal of the season and County’s first win.
The Exiles yet again let another lead slip to Mansfield last Saturday as they lost 2-1 to The Stags from a 70th minute penalty. Ryan Bird put them in front within the first 5 minutes and things were looking up! Then, it all went downhill. A harsh free kick was given to Mansfield as they equalised in the 17th minute through defender Krystian Pearce for his first goal of the season. After that, nothing really went County’s way and they just could not find a way through Mansfield’s rock solid defence. Right up until the 75th minute it was looking like a basic draw, until a penalty was given to Mansfield’s way for a handball by Newport’s Craig Reid. It seemed like a very harsh decision yet again from the referee as the ball was blasted into Reid’s arm and there wasn’t much he could have done about it. From the resulting decision, Shaq Coulthirst fired home to secure all 3 points for The Stags.
Newport manager, Graham Westley, is now in dire need of a victory to win back the fans’ faith in him. However, Westley still strongly believes The Port will remain in The Football league at the end of this season.
Leyton Orient’s survival hopes were boosted after an extremely rare away win against Plymouth a few weeks ago. Since then, The O’s have lost 2 vital matches, having lost against Notts County & Cheltenham town, fellow relegation candidates. Heading into their biggest game of the season, they’re definitely hoping their bad luck against relegation rivals will end with a win at Rodney Parade on Saturday.
In their last game, Orient faced Cheltenham Town at home and yet again, it was another loss at Brisbane Road. The O’s had plenty of chances, but luck fell The Robins’ way as they took all 3 points thanks to a peach of a goal from Carl Winchester from outside the box.
Leyton Orient face Stevenage away at the Lamex Stadium in their next game in League 2. A win for Orient would see them escape the danger zone. However, if results go against them on Saturday it will see them slip straight back in it…
Newport County 2-1 Leyton Orient
By Dylan Scarborough ( @Scaarbs )