Egg-cellent Easter will keep Orient up
ORIENT go into the crucial Easter programme knowing that two good results will preserve their League One status, writes TREVOR DAVIES. In-form O s entertain Colchester on Saturday before travelling to relegation rivals Swindon on Monday. A win and a draw
ORIENT go into the crucial Easter programme knowing that two good results will preserve their League One status, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
In-form O's entertain Colchester on Saturday before travelling to relegation rivals Swindon on Monday. A win and a draw would realistically ensure safety and prevent any nail-biting last-day dramas.
Orient's battling comeback against Leeds on Tuesday earned a 2-2 draw, and lifted them to 49 points.
One more win would see them reach the magical 52-point target, regarded by many as the safety mark.
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Ironically, O's could reach that figure on Saturday, and it would be a sweet moment for Williams as he faces a showdown against his former club, following his departure from Colchester last September.
Williams spent 10 years there after joining them as a player in 1998 and then becoming assistant boss.
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He took over the manager's reins after Colchester won promotion to the Championship in July 2006 from Phil Parkinson, who joined Hull City.
On a tight budget, Williams took the Essex side up to 10th place, before they were relegated the following season.
Williams left after Colchester made a poor start to this season, and will be desperate to put one over his former employers.
However, the Welshman was playing down the game and said: "It's not the first time I will have been up against a former club.
"The only thing that matters to me is that we keep our good run going."
The former Welsh international has made an excellent start at Brisbane Road since taking over from Martin Ling, picking up 23 of the 36 points available to him.
Williams will have some selection posers ahead of Saturday's game.
Scott McGleish is certain to return and partner Simon Church up front.
"Scottie was on the bench against Leeds because his calves were feeling sore after the Cheltenham game," explained Williams.
"With two big games over Easter, we didn't want to tip him over the edge."
McGleish will be keen to put one over his former club too, while skipper Stephen Purches should also be available.
"It was touch and go whether I made it on Tuesday," said the skipper.
However, Williams will be without Jason Demetriou on Saturday.
He faces a one-game ban after being sent-off against Leeds on Tuesday night.