“We’re The Underdogs Come Saturday”

Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard is hoping his side relish the underdog card when they host league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow. The O’s visit Meadow Park in front of the BT Sport cameras and the 33 year old can’t wait to pit his wits against them. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk it is going to be a tough task but one I relish along with the group, the fact it is live on BT Sport aids both dressing rooms but for us we’re the underdogs and we can’t wait for them to come here.

  • Sit 11th on 28 points – eight off the play offs
  • League Record  – P22  W7  D7  L8  F23  A25
  • Only won two of their last 12 league games – W2  D3  L7

Garrard’s men head into tomorrow clash on the back of 1-0 home defeat to Dover ten days ago. Inih Effiong grabbed the only goal of the game which extended Boreham Wood’s winless streak to six games. Captain Tom Champion admitted his side were no were near the standard they set themselves to bwfctv.co.ukwe came here tonight to try and get a reaction and then to play as badly as we did is really gutting for everyone. We know things have got to change for us and hopefully we can draw a line underneath and start to show the performances we had before”

Boreham Wood Last 6

The Last Six Results

By Garrard’s own admission Boreham Wood over achieved last season finishing 4th but after a summer of rebuilding they found life more difficult this term. Boreham Wood sit 22 points below Orient heading into the clash Saturday and Garrard praised the work that Justin Edinburgh has done at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to bwfctv.co.ukwe are coming up against one of the best teams at this level. You look at the work Justin has done along with Ross Embleton and Danny Webb, they play a certain way and they are ever so good at what they do. They don’t really play from the back, make good decisions nd are a very good side”.

  • Kept six league clean sheets – (three at home)
  • Kept one in last three and two in their last five (both 0-0 draws)
  • Have only kept two in last 12 league games
  • Kept just one in their last six home games 

Champion highlight that one big result could help to kick start their season but acknowledges that the squad needs to stay together. A result and performance in front of the BT Sport cameras could be just what Boreham Wood need according to Champion. Speaking to bwfctv.co.ukthe experienced boy will have to rally the troops and build from here and try and kick start our season so it doesn’t fizzle out. That game against Orient next is going to be a big game and obviously we hope that we can raise our game and beat them”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games – (two at home)
  • Only scored in one of their last five games in all competitions
  • Failed to score in last two home games
  • Scored just two goals in last six games
  • Only scored two or more in six of 22 league games

Boreham Wood are definitely the outsiders tomorrow despite having home advantage according to Garrard but it is a position which his side have done well in previously. Speaking to bwfctv.co.ukwe’re the underdog come Saturday. I feel as underdogs we play it well. It is back to the bread and butter, it is very much about getting ourselves organised and can be clinical in front of goal, if we do we can probably make an upset”.

  • Home League Record – P11  W5  D4  L2  F14  A11
  • No win in last two – D1  L1
  • Only lost two of their last nine home games – W3  D4  L2
  • Have not lost back to back home games since January

Tomorrow’s clash with Orient starts a busy month of games where Champion hopes his side can pick up some form, helping them climb the table to where they want to be. Speaking to bwfctv.co.ukwe’ve got loads of games coming up in December, it’s obviously a busy times with games coming thick and fast. That’s one of the best things about football you can put to bed a bad result as soon as you can and build something”

Boreham Wood Next 6

Boreham Wood’s Next Six Fixtures

After breaking the record crowd at Meadow Park in the meeting last season, Garrard is urging the Boreham Wood fans to get themselves down to support his side once more. Orient have already sold over 1000 tickets for the clash with Garrard stating “they will probably land that bottom end with 1400/1500 fans again and hopefully ours come out again. It makes for a cracking game, they are very good side, on our day at home we are to, so come down and support the boys”.

  • Scored 14/23 in second half – including seven between 46-60 minutes
  • Five of their last seven have been scored in second half
  • Conceded 17/25 league goals in second half (9/11 at home)
  • Conceded eight in final 15 minutes and 12 after the 60th minute

Team News

Connor Smith, Bradley Ash and Sorba Thomas all scored in Wood’s 5-1 Hertfordshire Senior Cup win on Monday and are hoping to be involved. Garrard has no new injuy concerns head of Orient.

Head to Head – Boreham Wood 1, Draw 1, Leyton Orient 1

  • Boreham Wood have failed to score in last two meetings
  • Both wins in fixture have been home wins
Boreham Wood H2H

The Three Previous Meetings

Last Time Out – 0-1 home league defeat to Dover

Boreham W vs Dover

Starting 11 vs Dover

Prediction – Boreham Wood 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Go There With No Fear

Gateshead manager Steve Watson insists the pressure if off when they visit league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow afternoon. The Heed moved back into the play off places last weekend and Watson highlights his side should cement their place in the top seven ahead of the festive fixtures.  Speaking to gatesheadfc.comwe go there with no fear, the win last week has done the world of good and we have got some great games after, where I feel we can take some points”

  • Sit 7th on 36 points
  • League Record – P21  W11  D3  L7  F27  A18
  • Won four of their last seven league games – taking 13/21 points
Gateshead Next 6

Gateshead’s Next Six Fixtures

The Heed picked up their first victory in five with a 2-1 victory at Barnet last Saturday. Scott Boden put them ahead before Jack Taylor equalised in the second half but Luke Armstrong gave them all three points, striking home 13 minutes from time. Armstrong was delighted to pick up all three points, speaking to gatesheadfc.comI’m over the moon with the win today, It’s great to get back to winning ways which is exactly what we needed to do after the past few weeks. I thought we played really well and caused them all sorts of problems”.

Gateshead last 6

Gateshead Last Six Results

Gateshead suffered a dip in form at the start of November, losing three on the bounce  but two positive results have set the Heed up nicely ahead of the Christmas run in. Luke Molyneux made his first start for two months at Barnet after Watson revealed the 20 year old had been impressing in training. Molyneux was involved in the winner at Barnet and revealed it was case of his side being ruthless in front of goal. Speaking to gatesheadfc.com it was an entertaining game to be involved in to say the least. Both teams were creating chances but in the end we were the more clinical team and got two goals and three points”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (three away)
  • Kept just one in their last five
  • Kept four in their last eight games, conceding just seven goals
  • No clean sheet in last four away games
  • Just one in last six away games (1-0 vs Havant, 13/10/18)

The Heed will be making the long trip to the Capital on Saturday morning ahead of the game and Watson will be hoping his side continue their good form against the London teams. Speaking ahead of the trip to Orient to gatesheadfc.comwe have accepted it and we get on with it. There will be no excuses, we have done relatively well in London and on our longer trips. It is a young group of lads who enjoy each others company”.

Gateshead in London

Gateshead’s Results in London

 

Tomorrow’s game will be the first return fixture of the season with the sides drawing 1-1 back in August. The sides have got used to each other as tomorrow’s clash will be their sixth in the past 14 months and Watson is expecting another tight contest. Speaking to gatesheadfc.comthe first game we played excellently down their, the second, they had improved dramatically since Justin came in, it was much tougher and we showed a lot of resilience. There was nothing between the sides earlier in the season and maybe we should have held on for the win”.

  • Failed to score in six league games  (three away)
  • Scored in three of their last four
  • Scored in six of their last eight in all competitions (netting ten goals)
  • Only failed to score in one of their eight away games (1-0 vs Fylde, 30/10/18)

The Heed are unbeaten against the top two at home and Watson is hoping his side can replicate those performances tomorrow. However, it will not be an easy task for his side and the former Newcastle man is under no illusion of the test that awaits his side we know how hard it is going to be, it will be a big crowd, it’s a good pitch with a great atmosphere. I have watched the last two games, they are a very strong, organised side who have an outstanding goal-scorer. They have dangerous players all around him, we know all about them but knowing about them and stopping them are two different things”.

  • Away League Record – P11  W6  D1  L4  F14  A10
  • Four best record in League, only Orient (25) and Eastleigh (21) have taken more points
  • One win in their last four (all competitions) – W1  L3
  • Won five of last seven away league games
  • Four of their six away wins have been by just one goal

The trip to Orient is the first of six fixtures in December and Watson acknowledges that sides can be undone by the run of games. The Heed sit inside the playoffs by a point but the 44 year old admits it is too early to be concerned how other teams are doing. Speaking to gatesheadfc.com we are not even half way through the season, it is a bit early to be worrying about other teams. We will be just cracking on and getting as many wins as we can. December usually finds teams out, we take one game at a time”.

  • Scored 14/27 league goals in second half (8/14) away
  • Three of last four have been in second half
  • Have netted seven in final 15 minutes
  • Seven of their 11 wins have been by just one goal

Team News

Watson revealed his squad has few niggles but nothing major. Luke Molyneux is set to continue in midfield while strikers Scott Boden and Luke Armstrong will be hoping to their tally.

Head to Head-  Gateshead 2, Draw 2, Leyton Orient 1

Gateshead H2H

The Five Previous Meetings

  • Gateshead have scored in every meetings
  • Gateshead have scored two or more in four of the five meetings
  • They are unbeaten in two trips to the Breyer Groups Stadium

Last Time Out – 2-1 win at Barnet

Gateshead vs Barnet

Starting 11 vs Barnet

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Gateshead

 

 

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“We Have To Raise The Level of Performance to Get A Result”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh has urged his side to bounce back from a disappointing draw on Tuesday when they host Gateshead tomorrow. The O’s struggled to replicate their performance at Wrexham on Saturday and Edinburgh highlights that the performance level must be increased if they are to return to winning ways. Speaking to leytonorient.comthe key is to stick together and don’t get frustrated, I am sure Saturday will be another tough game and we have to raise the level of performance to get a result”.

  • Sit 1st on 47 points
  • League Record – P22  W13  D8   L1  F42  A13
  • Best defensive record in league
  • Won three of their last four games
Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

The O’s were unable to make it four wins on the bounce against Aldershot on Tuesday night drawing 0-0, cutting their lead at the top of the table to just one point. After their victory against Wrexham on Saturday, Edinburgh took some responsibility for his side performance. Speaking to leytonorient.comthe level of performance wasn’t what we wanted, I look at myself there and perhaps it might have been a game too far for one or two. It might have needed freshening up tonight”.

Orient recent results

Orient’s Last Six Results

On Thursday, Edinburgh celebrated one year in charge at the Orient which saw him amass 86 points in 46 league games. Despite only drawing on Tuesday, defender Joe Widdowson highlighted the difference Edinburgh has had on the squad. Speaking to East London Advertiserit is his man management, he creates relationships with players and trust players, encourages and motivates everyone. He gets the best out of every individual whether you are playing every week, in and out of the team or not involved at all, everyone feels part of it, valued and respected by the gaffer”.

Edinburh year

Edinburgh’s First Year Stats – credit @homeandoway

Widdowson has been an integral member of the squad, starting 20 of the 22 league games and believes that despite the disappointment on the draw, it extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight games. Speaking to East London Advertsier we played some good stuff at times against Aldershot, I don’t think we were at our best but we played well in patches. We will remain positive and look forward to the weekend because it is a point in the right direction”.

  • Kept ten clean sheets (six at home)
  • Kept back to back clean sheets
  • Kept five in their last eight league games – conceding just three goals
  • Kept six in their last nine home games

The O’s have found Gateshead one of their bogey sides with Orient having to score late on to grab a draw earlier in the season. With the Heed in the playoffs place, Edinburgh highlighted the level of competition in the division this season. Speaking to East London Advertiser Gateshead have maintained their good start like a lot of teams and I’ve said before about how it will go right until end. There are not many sides pulling away and we know Gateshead are a good side”.

  • Failed to score in three league games (all at home)
  • Scored in five of their last six
  • Failed in three of their last five home games
  • Only Harrogate (29) have scored more second half goals than Orient (26)
  • Netted 19 in final 15 minutes of games – most in league

Heading into the festive fixtures, the O’s will be hoping to use home advantage against Gateshead tomorrow but the Heed have been good travellers this season. Widdowson acknowledges the test that await his side but hopes that the Breyer Group Stadium can help them to get three points, “they have good energy and they are a competitive side so we will expect a hard game but we are at home. I feel like our home form has been good so we are looking for to it”.

  • Home Record – P11  W6  D4  L1  F20  A6
  • Only Solihull (4) have conceded fewer
  • Won six of their last nine – W6  D2  L1 – scoring 17 goals
  • Unbeaten in last four – W2  D2
  • Scored two or more goals in five of last eight games

Team News

Craig Clay is a doubt after picking up a dead leg on Tuesday night. Midfielder Charlie Lee and Sam Ling are back in training and could be involved on Saturday. James Brophy is hoping for a start on Saturday after recent impressive performances from the bench. Artur Janata is set to continue on the bench with Sam Sargeant and Charlie Grainger out injured.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 1, Draw 2, Gateshead 2

Gateshead H2H

The Five Meetings Between Sides

  • Gateshead are unbeaten in two visits to the Breyer Group Stadium
  • Orient have scored in the past four meetings

Last Time Out – 0-0 vs Aldershot

Orient vs Bromley

Starting 11 vs Aldershot

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Gateshead

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“We’ve Got To Back It Up”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh wants his side to sustain their position at the top of the National League when they host Aldershot on Tuesday evening. The O’s moved three points clear of second placed Salford on Saturday and the former boss stated to Leytonorient.comthere’s always pressure, the next game is huge, we’ve got to back it up”.

  • Sit 1st on 46 points
  • League Record – P21  W13  D7  L1  F42  A13
  • Three win in a row – scoring eight goals
  • Taken 17 points from last 21 available 
Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six results

Orient’s 2-0 victory at Wrexham made it a club record 11 away games unbeaten in a season on Saturday. Two goals in the final five minutes from MacAuley Bonne and James Brophy gave the O’s all three points in North Wales. Edinburgh was delighted with the result against one of their promotion rivals, stating to leytonorient.comit’s a huge performance, very resolute and determined. We had to call upon Dean Brill for probably the first time this season for the amount of saves, but when he was called upon he was top class”.

  • Home League Record – P10  W6  D3  L1  F20  A6
  • Only Solihull (4) have conceded fewer goals
  • Unbeaten in last four – winning two
  • Won six of last eight – scoring 17 goals
  • Scored two or more goals in five of their last seven home games

The O’s soaked up a lot of Wrexham possession on Saturday, finding chances few and far between. However, after the introduction of James Brophy and James Alabi late in the game they proved the difference with both involved in the winning goals. Edinburgh praised the impact of the duo “their the game changers, their not subs, their game changers and they did that today. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are, it’s what we’re about, the togetherness in the squad is incredibly high, the confidence is high and it shows in the performance” Leytonorient.com

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (five at home)
  • Kept one in last four games
  • Kept four in their last seven
  • Kept five in last eight home games – conceding just three
  • Conceded just three goals in last seven league games

Midfielder James Brophy praised the defensive display from his side and highlighted the significance of the result against a direct promotion rival. Speaking to leytonorient.com we were under a lot of pressure, in the first half the boys dug deep and dealt with the pressure and scored goals at key times. These games, the big games with teams in and around us, you come away from home and get three points is a real marker of how we’ve progressed this season”

  • Scored in last five games – netting 13 goals
  • 26/46 league goals have been scored in second half – only Harrogate (29) have scored more
  • Netted 19 goals in final 30 minutes of games
  • Have gained seven points in the final 15 minutes of games

It was a gritty performance from Orient who were clinical when the chances were presented in the second half. MacAuley Bonne struck the opener his fifth goal in his last five games and Edinburgh highlight the clinical nature of the striker. Speaking to leytonorient.comwith the form we’re in and the front boys, if we got the chance we will dispatch. When it falls in the box, it is the one person you want to see it fall to MacAuley Bonne, that’s why he is the player he is, he dispatched it incredibly well, the second one sublime finish as well“.

  • Scored two or more goals in eight of their last 11 league games and four of their last five
  • Only failed to score in two league games

Orient’s victory on Saturday put daylight between themselves and Salford however despite the gap, Edinburgh dismissed any hint of complacency from his side against Aldershot on Tuesday. Speaking to leytonorient.comthat group won’t allow that, they are driven professionals who have broken a club record today staying unbeaten away from home. They deserve that, we have spoke about it with the sole concentration on Tuesday”.

Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

James Brophy and James Alabi will be pushing for starts after their impact off the bench on Saturday. Charlie Lee returned to training on Monday so the game will be too early for him while Sam Ling is still returning from his ankle injury. Sam Sargeant is doubtful through injury while Charlie Grainger is out with a broken wrist.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 16, Draw 18, Aldershot 19

  • Orient have only lost two of the last 15 meetings between sides
  • Both defeats have come at home
  • Six of the last eight meetings have seen two or more goals
Aldershot H2H

The Last Six Meetings

Last Time Out – 2-0 win at Wrexham

Orient vs Bromley

Starting 11 vs Wrexham

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Aldershot

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“We Should Be Up For This Game”

Aldershot manager Gary Waddock insist his side should be relishing their trip to table toppers Leyton Orient tomorrow night. The Shots reached the play offs last season but have struggled this season sitting just five points above the relegation zone. However, after defeat on Saturday, the 56 year old admits it is a great game for his side to bounce back in. Speaking to theshots.co.ukI’m looking forward to it, it’s a challenge the league leaders, there will be a decent crowd and a good atmosphere, if you can’t get yourself up for that, you’re in the wrong game”.

  • Sit 16th on 24 points
  • One win in last seven games in all competitions – W1  D3  L3  F4  A12
  • League Record – P21  W7  D3  L11  F19  A33

The Shots head to Orient on the back of a 2-0 home defeat against Barrow after goals from Tyler Smith and Jack Hindle gave the Bluebirds victory. Waddock bemoaned his sides performance stating to theshots.co.uk the first half there was no energy, no enthusiasm in the side and we needed to make changes at half time. I think we had possession without real penetration, it might have looked pretty on the eye but it didn’t really go anywhere”.

Aldershot last 6

Aldershot’s Last Six Results

Waddock made a triple substitution at half time to try and find a route back into the game. However his side conceded a second in the final ten minutes which condemned them to a second league defeat in a row.  The former Wycombe man stated to theshots.co.ukit was nowhere near what we’re looking for, everybody has got to have a long, hard look at themselves, are they doing enough? Are we giving enough? That Goes for everybody?.

  • Have conceded 14/33 goals after the 60th minute (including eight in final 15 minutes)
  • 12/23 away goals have been conceded at the end of both halves
  • No team has trailed for more minutes (496) away from home than Aldershot

Striker Matt McClure made his return from injury on Saturday and despite his side taking Bradford to extra time and penalties on Tuesday, he refused to use that as an excuse for his sides performance. Speaking to theshots.co.uknot for me, we have got to come out and take care of our performance which didn’t do today and put our plan onto the pitch. If we don’t do as we’ve asked or what we are told, we are not going to get anything from game”.

  • Failed to score in ten of their 21 league games – joint most with Braintree
  • Scored in four of their last six games
  • Scored just six away goals in 11 away matches this season
  • Only score two or more in six of their 21 games – including two of their last nine

Waddock’s Shots finished fifth last season but after a summer of change, they find themselves languishing towards the bottom of the league. Saturday’s defeat was another game where they failed to score and keep a clean sheet, a persistent problem according to Waddock. Speaking to theshots.co.ukwe’ve not kept a clean sheet which is disappointing, we haven’t kept enough this season and not scored enough goals. It’s fact, you win and lose game scoring and keeping clean sheets, we’re not able to do that”.

  • Kept just four league clean sheets 
  • Only side in National League not to keep a clean sheet away
  • No clean sheet in last four games – conceding eight
  • Kept just one clean sheet in last eight games
  • Without a clean sheet in last 13 away games (0-0vs Solihull Moors, 30/03/2018)

The Shots will face an uphill task on Tuesday facing an Orient side who are the inform side in the division taking 17 points from last 24 available. Despite the task at hand, Waddock stated to theshots.co.uk it’s a great game to go into, they’ve done very well this year and credit to them, they are a big club but we should be well up for this game. They’ve got a lot of good players in their group with a lot of experience while we have very little, it’s set up really”

  • Away league Record – P10  W1  D1  L8  F5  A23
  • Worst record in the division – only Havant & Waterlooville (25) have conceded more
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Only won one of their last 17 away matches all competitions – W1  D5  L11
  • Last win 13/10/2018 – Eastleigh 1-2 Aldershot

Aldershot beat the O’s back in January at the Breyer Group Stadium with Waddock hoping his side can replicate that performance. However, the Shots boss acknowledges a lot has changed since then, “sometimes you have good memories of stadiums and clubs you’ve played against. But it is about putting in a performance this year”.

Aldershot next 6

Aldershot’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Striker Scott Rendell and defender Karleigh Osbourne remained injured alongside James Rowe. George Fowler is also set to miss out through injury after picking up a knock in training last week. Adam McDonnell is back available after serving his one match suspension against Barrow. Recent signing Reece Grant could be handed a first start after joining from Braintree last week.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 16, Draw 18, Aldershot 19

  • Orient have only lost two of the last 15 meetings
  • Both of their defeats have been at home
  • Six of the last eight meetings have seen two or more goals
Aldershot H2H

Last Six Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out0-2 defeat vs Barrow

Aldershot vs Barrow

Starting 11 vs Barrow

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Aldershot

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O What A Day

Blimey, that was some away day wasn’t it.  A 2-0 away win in Europe to make it a club record 11 unbeaten away from home in a season. A tense 85 minutes where the O’s had to be thankful to goalkeeper Dean Brill for two key saves. Before utter delirium amongst the 603 travelling fans as MacAuley Bonne smashed home the opener only to followed up by more ecstasy when James Brophy lobbed in for the second to see Orient go four clear at the top of the National League.

Looking back, just 364 days ago Orient had just lost 3-0 away at Torquay to make it 14 games without a win, fast forward to now. Orient sit top of the tree, one loss in 21 league games and a side that has everything you want to love in it. It’s been a journey in the past year with Justin Edinburgh, but a great one at that, topped off with another win on the road today, what following Leyton Orient is all about.

Away League Record since Edinburgh’s appointment:

P23  W13  D7  L3  F35   A13    Clean Sheets – 9

On a day where every Orient fan knew that it was the biggest game of the season, 3rd vs 1st at the top of the league. Unbeaten at home vs unbeaten away, something had to give. In truth the game went with the script, Wrexham enjoying spells of possession while Orient sitting in and looking to hit on the counter.

It was cagey affair with neither side looking really threatening going forward, Wrexham’s 4-3-3 system was giving them more of the ball in the midfield and options went looking to go forward. Neither side were going to give anything away lightly but it was Dean Brill who was the first keeper into the action. Following a quick free kick in midfield, Rekeil Pyke beat the offside trap and the attention of Myles Judd but saw his effort brilliantly saved by Brill.

The O’s struggled to create going forward with MacAuley Bonne and Josh Koroma failing to keep possession to allow them to get up the pitch. Wrexham began to grow into the game but Orient’s defence was holding strong with Josh Coulson and Marvin Ekpiteta clearing from danger.

0-0 at the break, the game was only going to get tenser with neither side wanting to lose the game. Wrexham were gaining the ascendancy in the contest but were unable to test Brill. However that all changed in the 63 minute when Shaun Pearson’s free header was excellently stopped by Brill to keep Orient’s goal in tact.

Edinburgh introduced James Brophy from the bench in place of James Dayton and the former Swindon man was ready to make an impact. The diminutive winger almost created the opening goal after good work down the right, his low cross went straight across the face of the goal.

Orient were starting to find little pockets of space in attacking areas but the final ball was lacking in promising positions. As the game ticked into the final 15 minutes, Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts threw on James Jennings, Mike Fondop and Jordan Maquire-Drew in search of that precious opening goal. Jennings did go close but his header from Luke Young’s cross found the waiting arms of Brill.

The O’s have been known for striking late in games this season and they did once more on 86 minutes. A Jobi McAnuff corner was nodded down to MacAuley Bonne inside the six yard box and the prolific frontman made no mistake firing into the roof of the net to send 603 away fans wild.

The sucker-punch, away from home, against an unbeaten side, strike five minutes from time. Perfect timing, with Orient becoming the first side to lead at the Racecourse this season. Wrexham would throw everything at Orient to look to get back level but it was Josh Koroma who nearly made it two. A wonderful run down the left, saw him evade three challenges but his curling effort cannoned back of the post.

However, the O’s did strike once again after substitute James Alabai pressured a long ball forward. Rob Lainton was forced to head the ball away but only to the waiting James Brophy was calmly volleyed the ball over him and into the empty net to ensure Orient made their way back from Europe with all three points.

What more is there to say about this team. Solid at the back, clinical in attack, exactly what you need at this level. And with two home games in the coming week, Orient should be aiming to stretch their lead at the top of the league.

Bonne may get the headlines for another crucial goal but anybody who was there today, will say there was only one man for Man of the Match, Dean Brill. Two key saves at crucial times in the game, kept Orient in the game and ensured another clean sheet.

There is belief and a real desire in this group, from the players to the management team. Everyone at the club is pulling in the right direction, it’s about time Orient had something to smile about. 

Tuesday’s is Orient next biggest game, home to Aldershot, same mentality, same desire, same result, we hope. All that we know is in Justin We Trust. 

 

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“These Games are The Ones We’re in Football For”

Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton is hoping his side have the edge when they travel to promotion rivals Wrexham on Saturday. The top three in the National League are separated by just one point and Embleton is excited by the contest. Speaking to the O’s Showit is two confident teams going head to head, these games are the ones we’re in football for and an occasion we all want to be part of”.

  • Sit 1st on 43 points – one point ahead of Salford
  • League Record – P20  W12  D7  L1  F40  A13
  • Won four of their last six in league
  • Lost just one of their last seven in all competitions

The O’s head to Wrexham on the back of a 3-1 victory against Bromley last weekend. Orient trailed at the break from a John Goddard free kick but goals from Jobi McAnuff, Josh Koroma and MacAuley Bonne saw the O’s move top of the table. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh praised the second half performance of his side to leytonorient.com. He stated “credit to the players at half time, come out with a real purpose, the break probably stopped some momentum of the way we were playing. We certainly picked it up in the second half and ran out to win game 3-1″.

  • Kept eight league clean sheets (three away)
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • Kept three in their last six league games
  • Kept two in last six away league games
Orient last 5 results

Orient’s last Six results

Last weekend’s game was Orient’s first game for two weeks and once again they proved dominant in the second period to grab all three points. Midfielder Jobi McAnuff feels the rest has done his side good as they head into the festive period but acknowledges it took time for his side to get back into their rhythm. Speaking to leytonorient.comit was a fantastic result, after a little layoff, it is good when you get it and it does take a little extra time to get going again. We had a good mix of rest and hopefully we will see the benefit in the coming weeks. The second half showed how strong and fit we are”.

  • Scored 24/40 league goals in the second half
  • Netted 17 after the 60th minute
  • But seven of their last 13 goals have been scored in the first half
  • Have opened the scoring in four of their last five away games – all before the 30th minute
Orient next 5 games

Orient’s Next Six Games

Saturday’s victory over Bromley was Orient’s second in a row at the Breyer Group Stadium and McAnuff highlights the importance of grabbing maximum points at home as they head to Wrexham on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe have been really good away from home this year and picked some great results. The win at home enables us to manage our away games a bit better when we are winning at home”.

  • Away League Record – P10  W6  D4  F20  A7
  • Top Scorers away and only Fylde (5) have conceded fewer
  • Won five of last eight in all competitions – W5  D2  L1
  • Unbeaten in last 11 away league games
  • Only lost one of last 15 away league games – W8  D6  L1

The O’s are the only unbeaten side on the road this season in the National League and McAnuff is hoping his side can continue their form on Saturday. With a trip to a promotion rival, the 37 year old knows that results against each other could prove crucial at the back end of the season. Speaking to leytonorient.comit’s a massive one next week, we want to win and we are going there to win. It is a team who are in and around us, It’s going to be a real battle between top three and four and could come down to results against. From our point going to win but make sure we don’t lose”. 

Top 7 head to head

Head to Head table between top seven in National League

The O’s took four points off the Dragons last season and Edinburgh echoed his same stance as the rest of the season, only looking at the next game. Speaking to leytonorient.com we go again and another big game. Each game on its own merit is a tough game, no tough than today. It’s a big game and one we look forward to it again and we look to continue our unbeaten run on the road”.

  • Failed to score in two league games 
  • Scored in last four games – scoring 11 goals
  • Scored in every away league game – only failed in one of last 12 away games in all competitions
  • Scored two or more in seven of their last ten games – including three of last four

Team News

Charlie Lee (knee) and Sam Ling (ankle) could back involved in the squad are overcoming recent injuries. Defender Marvin Ekpiteta should overcome a dead leg which saw him substituted against Bromley last weekend.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 12, Draw 11, Wrexham 11

  • Orient are unbeaten in their last four meetings – W2  D2
  • Haven’t lost at the Racecourse since 1995, three meetings – W1  D2
  • Took four points out of six last season against Wrexham
  • Four of the last sevens meetings have ended as draws
  • Last defeat – 1-0 home defeat 29/04/2003
Wrexham H2H

The Last Eight Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 3-1 home win vs Bromley

Orient vs Bromley

Starting 11 vs Bromley

Prediction – Wrexham 1-1 Leyton Orient

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