O’s match at Oldham called off

Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Oldham Athletic has been postponed due to injuries and positive COVID cases within the Latics squad.

“Statement posted by both clubs read: “In light of the increased transmission rate of the Omicron variant, the EFL will now review the circumstances surrounding the postponement.

In addition, it will assist affected Clubs throughout this challenging period to help them mitigate against the risk of infection amongst players and staff while ensuring their obligations to the EFL regulations are maintained.”

The O’s were hoping to get their play-off charge back on track at Boundary Park, while Oldham are currently rock-bottom of the table with their fans at loggerheads with the clubs’ owner.

“It’s not too dissimilar to the situation we found ourselves in before Travis and Teague took over in 2007,” Former O’s frontman, Peter Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I have great sympathy for the Oldham supporters because, like Orient, they are a great old club at the centre of the community. They are in crisis at the moment. I’d like to think it will all end up similar for them as it has for us, but in recent years we’ve seen strange goings-on at Bury, Macclesfield and closer to home at Southend. The supporters deserve far better.”

Peter Kitchen scoring for Orient against Sunderland (Picture courtesy of Tony MacDonald)

The East Londoners return to League Two action on Saturday, January 22 when fellow promotion contenders, Port Vale visit the Breyer Group Stadium (3pm).

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Brian Jeeves

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