Walsall v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Bescot Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
It’s highly unlikely that Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Walsall will go ahead at the Bescot Stadium this Saturday.
The recent COVID outbreak amongst the O’s squad has rightly left supporters on the popular East London club far more concerned over the player’s wellbeing as opposed to the result of a football match.
Nevertheless, with details still sketchy, not only regarding the O’s trip to the Black Country but also whether their postponed Carabao Cup third-round tie with Tottenham Hotspur will be rescheduled or awarded to the Premier League club, Peter Kitchen – as ever, a voice of reason – attempted to focus on a positive from an otherwise murky week for Leyton Orient Football Club.
“As long as the affected players are ok and the virus controlled and eradicated within the club environment, that is all that matters,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I don’t believe we will play on Saturday and hopefully we will get another chance against Spurs, although that is looking unlikely.
“But during this troubled week, the support provided by Tottenham Hotspur and their supporters has been absolutely astonishing. A strong bond has developed between the two clubs, which from an Orient perspective is no bad thing. There are so many positives which can, and have already, come from this.”
Kitchen continued: “I’ve read articles suggesting Tottenham are to compensate Orient’s losses from the unplayed match, while Spurs fans have spent a considerable amount of money on merchandise in the O’s club shop, which is another amazing gesture.
“Of course, there are already historical links. Most recently, Harry Kane provided Orient with a sizable kit sponsorship, the loan of George Marsh, our pre-season fixture back in August and the continued efforts of both clubs with the ‘Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation’ – It’s fantastic to see and something we are extremely grateful for.
“Back in the day, First Division clubs would always send a first-team along to play a stricken lower-league neighbour to help out with some much-needed gate revenue. I hope this relationship can continue to flourish and Tottenham, as a whole, are given the credit they deserve for helping the O’s during a difficult time.”