Dawson faces late fitness test

Last updated : 10 January 2003 By Luke Thornhill
United return to the `bread and butter` of the league tomorrow, hoping that they can pull in a bumper crowd on the back of last week's full house against Leeds United.

Over eight thousand fans packed into Glanford Park as the Premiership giants came to town, and if just half of them were in the ground tomorrow it would add around a thousand to our average crowd.

"The players deserve it. They are going well and playing some good football," said Brian Laws today

"It would be nice to see between 3,500 and 4,000 of our own fans here against Leyton Orient.

"The cup is gone now, it's the league that has always been our priority and we are in a terrific position to have a really good crack at the second half of the season."

It would all be irrelevant though if the freeze which is currently gripping much of the country continues, although with around half of the pitch undercover the club are confident that the game will go ahead unless there is a serious - and unpredicted - decline in weather conditions overnight.

If Dawson passes the fitness test then Iron manager Brian Laws is set to name an unchanged side for the visit of the O's, with Lee Ridley on standby to fill the left-back berth if needed.

Scott Brough also faces a race against time to take a place on the subs bench, though his chances were not rated as less than 50% by the manager today.

High-scoring duo Martin Carruthers and Steve Torpey will continue their partnership up front for the Iron.

The visitors will be missing two key players as they serve suspensions. Forward Chris Tate and midfielder Scott Canham will both be watching from the stands.