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Preview | Gillingham v Leyton Orient

Gills welcome Leyton Orient to ME7 on Tuesday night looking to secure mathematical safety.

18 April 2023

Oli Hawkins could return to the Gills XI on Tuesday as Leyton Orient make the short trip to Priestfield.

Gillingham v Leyton Orient

Sky Bet League Two

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Tuesday April 18th

Kick-Off, 7.45pm


Team News:

Oli Hawkins missed Saturday’s game due to a sickness bug and is a doubt for Tuesday as he continues his recovery. Neil Harris could name the same side that drew to Stockport, meaning George Lapslie may keep his place in the centre of midfield. Jayden Clarke was named among the substitutes for the fixture and could be on the bench again on Tuesday.


Richie Wellens could opt for the same starting XI that won away at Sutton as Orient look to secure promotion to League One. Former Gillingham loanee Charlie Kelman could feature, having come off the bench in Saturday’s win.


Manager Comments:

Neil Harris - “We don’t want people to celebrate on our patch. We saw that last year with Rotherham, and it was hard to take.

“Our main aim is to secure safety in the division. We’re close to that now.”


Richie Wellens - “Our motto for the last six or seven games has been don’t get beat, and the players have been fantastic with that.

[On Gillingham] “For me, they’ve probably been one of the best teams in the second half of the season.”


Previous Meetings:

When the two sides met earlier in the season, Leyton Orient came out on top with a 2-0 win at Brisbane Road. Second half goals from Paul Smyth and Ruel Sotiriou proved to be the difference.

A memorable Gillingham win against Orient came in December 2014 in the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Finals. Luke Norris and Cody McDonald both had good chances well-blocked by Orient defenders. In the 79th minute, John Egan headed Gillingham in front as he thumped his effort beyond Adam Legzdins. Orient came close to equalising on a couple of occasions, but the Gills hung on to progress to the Area Finals.


Ticket Information:




Gillingham win - 19/10

Draw - 2/1

Leyton Orient win - 29/20

Max Ehmer to score and Gillingham to win- 28/1.


Match Officials:

Referee - Carl Brook

Assistants - Kevin Howick and Hugh Gilroy

Fourth Official - Stephen Brown


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