FC Halifax Town will meet Leyton Orient at the MBi Shay Stadium on Tuesday evening in the Vanarama National League. The original fixture was postponed just over a week ago.
Orient were tipped by many at the beginning of the season to be serious promotion contenders, however it has not quite gone to plan for The O’s so far. At this point in the campaign it is apparent that Orient’s focus is moving away from the drop zone rather than into the promotion places.
Until the teams met at Brisbane Road earlier in the season, Halifax had not faced the London Club since before their reformation in 2008. This campaign’s original meeting proved to be one of Town’s most impressive victories in 2017 as they dominated play and came away with all three points courtesy of a 0-3 win.
Looking back on fixtures prior to the reformation, this weekend’s visitors were often the stronger side. The Shaymen have faced Leyton Orient most throughout the 1980’s when both teams were playing their football in Division 4. There were eight matches played between the clubs over four consecutive seasons. In this period, Town came out on top four times whilst The O’s were only victorious on three occasions.
If Town can produce another winning performance against Orient, then it will be only the second time in the club’s history (pre-reformation included) that they will have beaten The O’s at home and away in the same Campaign. The first time came in the 1986/87 season.
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