We take a look at our visitors to Plainmoor on Saturday, Leyton Orient.
Opposition Profile: Leyton Orient
The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NF
Telephone: 0871 310 1883
Nickname(s): The O’s, Orient
2016/17: 24th (EFL League Two)
Orient had five different managers last season, and succumbed to relegation to the National League after a late run of seven games without a win. It ended a 112-year stay in the Football League.
The last meeting between the two clubs came in the 2006/07 FA Cup second round. The match was former Torquay United manager Lubos Kubik’s first game in charge. A goal from former United striker Jamie Ward earned the Club a 1-1 draw and it was back to Brisbane Road for the replay.
A brace from striker Jordan Robertson helped Torquay put their league troubles behind them and book a FA Cup third round meeting against Southampton.
Current position: 20th (5W, 6D, 10L)
The O’s started the summer as one of the favourites to get themselves back into the Football League. However, recent results have led to them sacking manager Steve Davis following a run of 11 league matches without a win. This now leaves the managerial role vacant for ex-Gulls boss Martin Ling, current director of football at Leyton Orient, to appoint their second manager of the season.
Last 5 National League Matches: LDLDD
Macauley Bonne: Since signing in the summer from Colchester for an undisclosed fee, Macauley Bonne has scored 9 goals this season for Leyton Orient. He is currently the 2nd joint top goal-scorer in the National League, only one goal behind AFC Fylde’s Danny Rowe.
Jobi McAnuff: Having started his career at Wimbledon, Jobi has gone on play at the highest level in English football and earn 32 caps for Jamaica. The 36-year-old adds a wealth of experience in midfield for the O’s.
Played For Both
Robbie Herrera: After leaving United in 2001, Robbie moved to Leyton Orient where he made 2 appearances in short-term stay.
Craig Easton: Craig spent two seasons at Orient making 71 Football League appearances from 2005-2007. After spells at Swindon, Southend and Dunfermline, the Scottish midfielder moved down south to make 21 appearances for Torquay in the 2012/13 season.
Mark Ellis: Having spent 5 years at Torquay and making over 100 appearances for the Club, Mark has established himself as a solid Football League centre-back since leaving Torquay in 2012. Mark is currently on loan at Leyton Orient and has so far made 7 appearances.
Brian Saah: Brian spent many of the early years in football at Orient, making 93 Football League appearances from 2003-2009 under manager Martin Ling. Saah then followed Ling to Cambridge for the next two seasons, and then once again to Torquay United where he made 78 league appearances from 2011-2013, scoring two goals.
Story by Jay Worden