“Those home fires burn, scorching a hole through me.
And I, am welcome no more"
- Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Bluetones (2002)
Currently in 17th, Orient are a single place and a single point below the Saddlers. Like Sunday’s visitors Carlisle they arrive at Bescot having won just once in their last 10 league games despite drawing a fair few of late. Think I can see a pattern forming…
Despite their recent run of poor form the Londoners have been far stronger on their travels this season with an away record of W4 D4 L4 F17 A19, so they will certainly feel they stand a chance against a Walsall side that has the worst home record in the fourth tier.
Josh Wright is their leading scorer with 7 goals (and one assist), closely followed by Jordan Maguire-Drew (6 goals, 3 assists) and Connor Wilkinson (4 goals, 3 assists).
Recent League Form
Dec 07 Oldham (A) Drew 1-1
Dec 14 Bradford (A) Drew 0-0
Dec 21 Cambridge (A) Won 3-2
Dec 26 Colchester (H) Lost 3-1
Dec 29 Newport (A) Drew 0-0
We last hosted Orient on 28th February 2015. The relegation threatened O’s won 2-0, with quick-fire second half goals from Ryan Hedges (56’) and Chris Dagnall (59’). This game saw Walsall return to league action following a historic first Wembley appearance in the Football League Trophy Final.
Played for Both
Tipton-born forward Joe Mayo quit his accounting job to join Walsall from Dudley Town in 1972, but left after only a handful of appearances to join West Brom (guess things didn’t add up…). He made 72 appearances for the Baggies before moving to Orient in a transfer deal that saw Laurie Cunningham go the other way. Mayo went on to play 155 games for the Londoners, scoring 36 goals.
Other than that - Dean Smith, Adam Chambers, Jason Demetriou, Jabo Ibehre, Marc Laird, Peter Till…
It’s hard to predict a home win at the moment. Stevenage, Macclesfield and Carlisle have all arrived at Bescot in the past month struggling for form only to come away with a result, so there’s no reason to feel an Orient team with a decent away record wont do the same.
- Walsall Win
- Orient Win