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Match Preview: Leyton Orient

2 September 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Leyton Orient

2 September 2022

After getting back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Colchester United last time out, Rovers make a trip to the capital to face Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

A side-foot volley from Josh Hawkes followed by a first professional goal for Jake Burton sealed the victory for Rovers who claimed their second league win in Sky Bet League Two this season.

As for Leyton Orient, they’ve enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign after still standing as only the second team in the division to remain unbeaten after six league games.

After winning five of their opening six games, Orient had a convincing victory last time out in league action with a 4-2 home victory over Hartlepool United.

Team News:

Kyle Jameson, Luke Robinson, Tom Davies, Kieron Morris, Charlie Jolley and Joel Mumbongo all remain absent.

Micky Mellon provided the update that Kieron Morris is back running on the grass and should be involved in training within the next couple of weeks. Tom Davies will have his protective boot removed next week for his stress fracture and will then build up to fitness.

One to Watch: Charlie Kelman

After coming through the ranks at FC Dallas, he joined Southend United where he enjoyed some great success at youth level. After scoring 61 goals in the 2017/18 season, he made his Southend professional debut in the 18/19 season and scored in his first match against Plymouth Argyle from inside his own half.

After featuring for Southend over the space of two years, he joined Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and has been loaned out over the past two seasons.

Firstly, he was loaned to Gillingham in what turned out to be a fairly unsuccessful season for the Gills before he was loaned to Leyton Orient for the 2022/23 season. 

After scoring three goals and one assist in the opening six games, Kelman is on for a very successful season and seems to have hit the ground running at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Manager: Ritchie Wellens

Born in Manchester, Wellens has spent the large majority of his playing and managerial career up North. 

After coming through the ranks at Manchester United, Wellens spent a number of years at Blackpool as a player before having long spells with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Leicester City.

In 2017, he finished his playing career and entered managerial roles with the Oldham Athletic job but was dismissed after the club’s relegation to league two was confirmed. 

He then took over at League Two side Swindon Town and later saw them promoted through PPG after the 19/20 season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wellens has since had two fairly unsuccessful spells in charge of Doncaster and Salford City respectively before he joined Leyton Orient. After taking over in March, Wellens had a steady end to the campaign and has began this season brilliantly as Orient sit top of the table heading into the clash with Micky Mellon’s men.

Match Coverage:

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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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