After an impressive league win at the weekend against Crawley Town, the O’s headed north: to deepest, darkest, coldest Cumbria to take on Carlisle United at Brunton Park with a 7:45pm kick-off. A 612 mile trip is certainly not to be sniffed at! Are the O’s fans some of the most dedicated in the league?
Orient’s fans are clearly looking forward to the tie and are enjoying the local hospitality…
Cumbria tastic . pic.twitter.com/Kr1zIoR457
— Orient Braces (@OrientBraces) March 1, 2016
— Fred Nathan (@FreddieNathan) March 1, 2016
— Adam Parkes (@parkesey1881) March 1, 2016
A Tuesday night in Carlisle is what away days is totally about. #LOFC
— Daniel S?awi?ski (@Daniel_slaw) March 1, 2016
January signing Armand Gnanduillet scored in both halves last Saturday to lift the O’s to seventh in the SkyBet League Two table. The race for the play-offs is getting tight in League Two this season. The O’s are sitting in 7th, just one place ahead of AFC Wimbledon. 11th-placed Carlisle, who have played two fewer games than the O’s could move ahead of Orient with a convincing home win.
— Mark Taylor (@MarkTaylorSport) March 1, 2016
With rain threatening and temperatures hovering around 6 degrees, it promises to be a tough tie for the O’s. In this season’s reverse fixture, Carlisle bagged all three points at Brisbane Road.
After two convincing wins player-manager Kevin Nolan should be hopeful that his team can win a third game on the bounce and make the League Two play-offs. Jobi McAnuff is a doubt for the fixture after suffering an ankle injury in training last week; Lloyd James, Dean Cox and Paul McCallum are all still unavailable.