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Away Days: Leyton Orient vs Stevenage

26 December 2022

Second-placed Stevenage travel to East London to face league leaders Leyton Orient in a crucial festive clash…

Seven points separate the sides as the top two prepare for battle live on Sky Sports at 12:30pm.

Boro have picked up forty-four points from twenty-one matches so far this season, meaning the side sit eight points from fourth place. Stevenage have had a two-week break from football so will be going into the game with fresh legs.


Leyton Orient have won sixteen from twenty-one league games, drawing three and losing just two. They are seven points clear of Stevenage in second and have won seven of their last eight league games. Last campaign, Orient finished thirteenth in Sky Bet League Two but have seemingly turned things around this season and dominated the division.

Orient’s last match before Christmas was at home to Sutton United as Richie Wellens’ side won 2-0 thanks to a goal from Paul Smyth and an own goal. Smyth is Orient’s top scorer this season with nine goals to his name.

Richie Wellens took over as the O’s boss in March 2022, just one week before Steve Evans joined Stevenage. At the time of Wellens’ appointment, Orient were sat 20th in Sky Bet League Two and just four points clear of safety. Wellens previously had managerial spells at Doncaster, Salford, Swindon and Oldham.


Boro and The O’s have met on nineteen occasions in the past, with Stevenage winning four and Orient winning nine. The first encounter dates back to 1996 where a non-league Boro knocked the Division 3 Leyton Orient out of The FA Cup at the Second Round. From 2011, the sides would meet regularly in League One then again in League Two when both clubs were relegated.

Stevenage’s only ever away victory over Leyton Orient came in 2011 as Lucas Akins grabbed the only goal of the game in East London. Home victories against Orient are also scarce for Boro, with the most recent one coming in 2017. Matt Godden, Ben Kennedy, Tom Pett and Luke Wilkinson contributed to a 4-1 win.

Neither side could pick up a victory over the other last season, with the fixture at The Lamex ending 0-0. Then, in March 2022, Boro travelled to East London for what appeared to be a relegation scrap at the time. Despite Luke Prosser’s header and a rocket from Luke Norris, the points were shared.


Leyton Orient have played their home fixtures at Brisbane Road since 1937. The stadium houses 9,271 supporters with a record attendance of 34,345 being set in 1964 when the neighbouring West Ham arrived for an FA Cup clash. Brisbane Road is in close proximity to both the Olympic Park and Hackney Marshes.


Charles Breakspear has been appointed as Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture with Marc Wilson and Dean Treleaven as Assistants and Alan Young as Fourth Official. Breakspear’s last Boro fixture was the trip to Walsall which included Danny Rose’s 100th minute goal.


Match tickets for Stevenage vs Crawley Town start at £18 Adults, £15 Concessions, £10 Under 18s and £5 Under 12s.

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Report: Leyton Orient 0-0 Stevenage

27 December 2022

A hard-fought top of the table clash ends goalless in East London...

Stevenage travelled to East London for a top of the table clash as league leaders Leyton Orient stood in the way of another three points in Sky Bet League Two. Steve Evans made just two changes from his side’s last league game with Terence Vancooten and Danny Rose replacing Dean Campbell and Jamie Reid.

The atmosphere was electric in the early stages as Boro looked on fire. Luke Norris got the game’s first chance as his powerful effort deflected just over the bar.

Ten minutes later Leyton Orient were growing into the game and took Stevenage by surprise on the counter attack. Charlie Kelman burst forward before taking aim, but his deflected effort was superbly kept out by Taye Ashby-Hammond.

Orient continued to look quick in attack and were catching Boro off guard in transition. Paul Smyth took on Luther James-Wildin and Dan Sweeney before firing just wide of the post.

Just before the half hour mark, Orient earned themselves a free kick after Jordan Roberts’ late challenge outside the area. Tom James stepped up to take but the wall did their job as the ball deflected out for a corner.

The East London side were managing to carve out the best chances in the first half and came extremely close to opening the scoring eight minutes before the interval. A superb ball was played over the top to Theo Archibald, but Ashby-Hammond was quick off his line to make himself big and produce a vital save.

The remainder of the first half was quiet, with Luther James-Wildin picking up Boro’s first yellow card of the afternoon in the process.

As the second half got underway, Boro were on the front foot and earned themselves a free kick after Danny Rose was dragged down. Jake Reeves whipped the ball into the box, but Carl Piergianni’s header flew past the post.

A smart free-kick routine almost worked out perfectly for Stevenage just under ten minutes later. Instead of sending the ball into the box, Jake Reeves played Jordan Roberts through who took it first time on the half-volley, but Lawrence Vigouroux denied.

Leyton Orient had a golden opportunity on the hour mark. The ball was crossed low into the box from the right-hand side as Darren Pratley fired the ball over the bar.

Orient came close again five minutes later as a corner was sent into the area and headed to Darren Pratley who could only head into Ashby-Hammond’s hands.

Steve Evans made three substitutions with just over ten minutes remaining. Luther James-Wildin, Luke Norris and Danny Rose made way for Kane Smith, Jamie Reid and Jake Taylor.

The final ten minutes were very tight with both sides giving it a go. Alex Gilbey fired over the bar before, up the other end, Idris El Mizouni had a good chance from the edge of the area, but his effort flew over.

Four minutes were added on after the initial ninety as the game began to slow down in pace. Despite a hard-fought battle from the top two teams in the league, nothing could make the difference and the points were shared.


Attendance: 8644 including 1044 away supporters.

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Tickets & Travel: Leyton Orient

19 December 2022

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Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s trip to Leyton Orient on Tuesday 27th December 2022…

Kicking off at 12.30pm in Sky Bet League Two, Steve Evans’ men make the 88-mile round trip to The Breyer Group Stadium to take on Richie Wellens’ O’s.

Match tickets are available online at, from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm) and from The Breyer Group Stadium on the day of the game.


Disabled supporters are charged at the full price for their age category and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 19th December, but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until 4pm on Wednesday 21st December.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 9:30am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £20 for SA members and £25 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Leyton at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to The Breyer Group Stadium, click here.


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