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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Leyton Orient

6 February 2020

Macclesfield Town have made the journey down to Leyton Orient on nine previous occasions and ahead of Saturday's tenth visit, we take a look back at each of these.
 
The first time that we visited Brisbane Road was back on 4th October 1997, as Sammy McIlroy's side acclimatised to life in the Football League.
 
Winger Stuart Whittaker was handed his Silkmen debut that afternoon and despite trailing until the latter stages, Richard Landon's injury-time strike ensured that we claimed a share of the spoils.
 
Our second visit came on 1st April 2000, yet the game left much to be desired as Peter Davenport saw his side claim a point courtesy of a goalless draw.
 
Our third meeting in East London saw Davenport's side suffer a narrow defeat, as Damien Whitehead's strike right on half-time proved to be in vain, as the hosts ran out 2 - 1 victors.
 
Things got slightly worse for The Silkmen on 9th March 2002, as David Moss' Macclesfield Town suffered a 2 - 0 reversal at the hands of The O's.
 
Iyseden Christie opened the scoring in the 27th minute and Matt Lockwood would double our arrears on the stroke of half-time when he converted from the penalty spot after Danny Whitaker had been dismissed for an alleged handball.
 
Our fifth meeting in East London came on 13th August 2002 and it proved to be a thriller.
 
Early strikes from Dean Smith and Lee Thorpe saw the hosts storm into a two goal lead and when Matt Lockwood converted a hotly-disputed penalty on the stroke of half-time, it seemed that the second period would be a damage limitation exercise for Moss' men.
 
Nothing could have been further from the truth however, as Macc came out a completely different side and looked to complete the most unlikely of comebacks.
 
Lee Glover reduced the deficit within four minutes of the restart and Kyle Lightbourne clinically despatched Danny Whitaker's tantalising cross on 77 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.
 
Despite this, The O's hung on to claim their third consecutive home victory over The Silkmen.
 
Their fourth consecutive victory came during our sixth visit which was played on 4th October 2003.
 
David McGhee opened the scoring as he bundled the ball over the line following a corner from the right and this was followed by a defensive mix-up which led to Orient doubling their lead just before the interval.
 
Our first away victory against Orient came on the opening day of the 2004/05 season when Brian Horton took his Silkmen side down to East London for the seventh time.
 
Matthew Tipton opened the scoring five minutes before the interval, as he audaciously chipped the ball over the Orient 'keeper and into the back of the net.
 
Jon Parkin then added two further goals during the second period to give Macc a three-goal cushion and this rendered Wayne Purser's late strike for the hosts as a mere consolation.
 
Ironically, The Silkmen would travel down to East London on the opening day of the following season - yet would experience very different fortunes.
 
Joe Keith would give the hosts the lead inside two minutes that day and although Paul Harsley would restore parity just before the hour mark, Efe Echanomi's injury-time strike condemned Macc to a 2 - 1 defeat.
 
The last time that we made the journey to face The O's was on 21st October 2017, as John Askey's side looked to build on their inspiring start to the 2017/18 National League season.
 
It proved to be another memorable occasion, as Scott Wilson's first-half strike handed Macc all three points.
 
 
All this means that our complete record at Leyton Orient is as follows -
 
Played 9. Won 2. Drawn 2. Lost 5.

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