St Ledger Hoping For A Good Friday Result

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In the first of an Easter Weekend Vanarama National League double the Lions host Leyton Orient at Nethermoor on Good Friday with kick-off at 3pm. 

Segregation will be in place for this fixture with Leyton Orient fans allocated the Railway End and second seated stand of Nethermoor Park entering via turnstiles 7 & 8.

Tickets are available to buy online here or at the turnstiles.

Heading into the first of 9 fixtures in a packed April Sean St Ledger is looking for his Lions to return to winning ways to close the gap at the bottom of the table.

There was another enforced rest for his side last weekend when Saturday’s trip to Torquay was postponed meaning the fixture is now slotted in the last available Tuesday night of the season.

The O’s come into the game off the back of a mixed March results wise, comfortably beating Woking last time out as well as draws to Eastleigh and Ebbsfleet United but defeats to Dover Athletic and Torquay United.

Orient, like ourselves, have a new man in charge since our last clash. Justin Edinburgh now heads up the hot seat at Brisbane Road where they were 4-1 victors back in September after Kayode Odejayi had given us an early lead under the temporary leadership of Danny Lowe and Martin Stringfellow in the days before Paul Cox’s appointment.

Sean St Ledger is now the Lions’ Interim Manager heading into just his sixth game in charge, his fourth at Nethermoor Park.

Speaking of the scorer at Brisbane Road Odejayi scored his first goal since that strike in September last time out against FC Halifax Town.

St Ledger said the 36 year-old is an inspiration to the players when chatting to the Wharfedale Observer “I think the lads look up to him for what he’s done in the game and how he prepares himself for training and matches. You look at the shape he’s in, he clearly looks after himself.”

“I made him captain because I think he’s a leader out on the pitch. But I’m looking for 11 leaders to be on the pitch. Hopefully, with Kayode on there, the team can continue to grow.”

The former Republic of Ireland international went on to say “In terms of growth and getting better, we’re clearly doing that. Hopefully we’ll continue to work hard, create opportunities and get the three points.”

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post the boss also said “I cannot ask more in terms of effort, commitment and attitude. Sometimes, in football, you need that little bit of luck and I don’t think we have really had that in the last two games.”

“People who have been to the games have hopefully seen an improvement in the performances, certainly. I feel a bit for the lads as some of the performances have probably warranted better results.”

“The team spirit and confidence has got a lot better in the time I have been here. But to really get that confidence up, you need the wins and in the position we are in, we need wins.”

Sean will have Marcus Williams available in his squad selection for the first time under his leadership and he could make his first Lions appearance since the defeat at Orient as the left back returns from his loan with York City.

There could also be two Lions debutants on Friday with new signings Ben Frempah and Ellis Hudson eligible to feature after signing last week.

Ticket upgrades to a Club Classic package are available until 12pm Thursday.

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