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Match Preview: Leyton Orient

21 December 2018

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Chesterfield travel to National League leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets for the match are no longer available to purchase from the Proact, but supporters will be able to buy tickets at Leyton Orient’s ground on the day. Tickets purchased on the day of the game will cost as follows:

Adults: £20

Seniors (65 & over): £18

Under-18s: £5

Wheelchair users and their carers are not charged for entry into the Breyer Group Stadium and supporters should email Ambulant disabled and their carers, if required, are also admitted free of charge (providing they are claiming Disability Living Allowance at the middle or higher rate or equivalent PIP).


Team News

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Spireites manager Martin Allen confirmed that Bradley Barry won’t feature on Saturday due to a head injury sustained in training.

"We're well of the FA procedures that have been put in place for head injuries, which we will adhere to strictly," said Allen.

The boss also stated that Jordan Hallam is also a doubt for the match after picking up a knock.


The Opposition

The Manager – Justin Edinburgh

Edinburgh began his playing career as a trainee at Southend United before turning professional in 1988.

The former left-back scored one goal in 47 games for the club before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in January 1990.

Edinburgh enjoyed a successful period at White Hart Lane, winning the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999. 

He moved to Portsmouth in 2000, making 35 appearances before joining Billericay Town as a player/manager in July 2003.

Edinburgh has a wealth of managerial experience having also managed: Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Rushden & Diamonds, Newport County, Gillingham, Northampton Town and Leyton Orient.

He joined Leyton Orient in November 2017 and led the team to a 13th place finish in the 2017/18 National League season.

One to Watch – Macauley Bonne

Bonne collected both Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year last season, after scoring an impressive 25 goals for Leyton Orient last campaign.

Despite reportedly drawing interest from Football League clubs such as Burton Albion, Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Town, the Zimbabwean opted to stay at Orient, signing a new contract in the summer. 

He has been in fine goalscoring form again this season, notching 16 goals so far. The Spireites will have to watch the in-form striker closely if they are to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.


Head to Head

The Spireites have come up against Leyton Orient on 26 occasions, winning eight, drawing nine and losing nine.

Leyton Orient were the victors earlier in the season at the Proact in September, thanks to a 78th-minute strike from James Dayton.


From the dugout

Martin Allen on Leyton Orient: "Everyone is aware how important this next game is to us, as the underdogs going down to London to play Leyton Orient.

"They've got some really dangerous players so it's going to be a tough one, but I don't think we have any fear going to play the best team in the league at the moment.”


If you are not able to make it to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

- Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

- Uploading images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

- Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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