Leyton Orient will be hoping to make it three wins in row when they travel Borehame Wood this weekend as they look to set the early pace in the National League. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
National League: 11th FA Cup: 1st Round FA Trophy: Quarter-Finals Top scorer: Morgan Ferrier 13
After only beating the drop by two points in 2015/16, Boreham Wood improved to claim a mid-table finish last term. Luke Garrard guided his side to 11th place in the National League with a total of 58 points.
The Wood also performed well in the cup competitions.
They qualified for the first round proper of the FA Cup by beating Hendon. In the opening round, they gave League Two Notts County a scare as Boreham Wood were 2-0up with a half-hour to go. The Magpies drew level thanks to a brace from Adam Campbell, however, the National League side had taken the tie to a replay. In the second game, Notts County progressed following a 2-0 win at Meadow Lane.
Boreham Wood made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy last year. The Wood defeated Maidstone, Alfreton, and Sutton before getting knocked out of the competition by eventual National League champions Lincoln City at the Quarter-Final stage.
Jamie Turley (Newport County, Loan), Tom Champion (Barnet), Shaun Jeffers (Chelmsford City), Dean Wells (Stevenage), Paul Benson (Dagenham & Redbridge), Bradley Ash (Barnsley,Loan), Kane Smith (Hitchin Town), Keiran Murtagh (Woking), Ryan Johnson (Stevenage, Loan), Blair Turgott (Stevenage, Loan), Erbil Bozkurt
Montel Joseph (Hendon Town), Jai Reason (Maidstone United), Matt Paine (Billericay), Rhys Murrell-Williamson (St Albans City), Josh Coldicott-Stevens (Kings Langley), Femi Ilesanmi (Dover Athletic), Morgan Ferrier (Dagenham & Redbridge), OLa Sogbanmu (Carshalton Athletic), Ben Nunn (Dagenham & Redbridge), Ben Goodliffe (Wolves), Kenny Davis (Sutton United), Alfie Boal, Tom Hitchcock
National League: 10th Top scorer: Bruno Andrade 6
Luke Garrard’ side have made a solid start to the new season, despite stuttering somewhat of late.
The Wood claimed a point on the opening day of the season in a 2-2 draw at AFC Fylde. Boreham Wood then lost their first game of the campaign at Meadow Park, suffering a 2-1 defeat against high flying Dagenham & Redbridge.
Boreham Wood’s first win of the season was a comfortable one, as they beat Solihull Moors 4-1. The Wood then scored four again as they took all three points at early strugglers Torquay United and they made it three consecutive victories with a 2-1 win against Aldershot Town.
They were then denied a win at Prenton Park as Andy Mangan scored a 90th-minute equaliser to rescue a point for Tranmere Rovers. Boreham Wood then ended August with a defeat against Wrexham.
The Wood suffered a second straight defeat as they lost at Barrow last weekend, despite playing half of the game against ten men.
Bedsente Gomis put the Bluebirds 1-0 up after just three minutes and Jack Barthram doubled Barrow’s lead shortly before the interval. The visitors managed to reduce the deficit immediately through Bruno Andrade.
Boreham Wood were handed a numerical advantage in first-half injury time when Alex Harvey saw red, however, they failed to make it count and the match ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Wood.
G Smith, K Smith, Ricketts, Stephens, Shakes, Champion, Murtagh, Andrade, Jeffers, Turley, Balanta
Wells, Keita, Woodards (Shakes 45′), Sach (Jeffers 55′), Benson (Turley 66′)
Bruno Andrade has stepped up to fill the goalscoring void that was left after last season’s top scorer Morgan Ferrier made the switch to Dagenham & Redbridge. So far, the 23-year-old Portuguese has scored six goals in eight games, having only failed to get on the scoresheet against Wrexham and AFC Fylde.
So far, the 23-year-old Portuguese has scored six goals in eight games, having only failed to get on the scoresheet against Wrexham and AFC Fylde.
Andrade would’ve topped the National League’s goalscoring chart following Dave Tarpey’s move to Barnet, but Macauley Bonne has overtaken Andrade as a result of his hat-trick against Guiseley.
Luke Garrard expects to have close to a full squad available to him ahead of the visit of the O’s.
Both Ricky Shakes and Angelo Balanta were forced off during the match against Barrow last weekend due to injuries, however, the pair were fit enough to return to training on Friday. They are set to be in contention to be a part of the squad on Saturday.
Jamie Turley was also subbed off against Barrow due to illness, however, he has recovered in time to be considered in this weekend’s team selection.
Blair Turgott joined the Wood on loan from Stevenage yesterday. Despite that fact he will only have just met his new teammates on Saturday morning, he will be available for selection for tomorrow’s game and he could well make his Boreham Wood debut against his former side.
Erbil Bozkurt spent two years with the O’s as academy goalkeeping coach and later first team goalkeeping coach before leaving the club this summer and joining Boreham Wood as head goalkeeping coach.
Blair Turgott signed for Orient in June 2015 on a one-year contract. During the 2015/16 season, the winger made 36 appearances in all competitions. His only goal in an O’s shirt was a stunning volley to round off a 3-0 win over Stevange. Blair left the club in the summer of 2016 and later joined his local club Bromley.
Last weekend, Leyton Orient came from a goal down to defeat Guiseley 4-1 at Brisbane Road.
The O’s set the tone for the game early on as they made a strong start. Jobi McAnuff had a great opportunity to give the hosts the lead but the experienced midfielder failed to take advantage.
Despite Orient’s early dominance, the away side took the lead shortly after the half-hour with a well-worked goal. Guiseley worked the ball out to the right flank and Kevan Hurst whipped a good cross across the goalmouth for Kayode Odejayi, who applied the finish from close range.
The goal came somewhat out of the blue but Orient continued to attack and they were awarded a penalty two just before the break as Marcus Williams was judged to have handled the ball. Macauley Bonne stepped up and found the corner of the net to put the O’s back on level terms.
The visitors were hit with an another blow in first-half stoppage time as they conceded another penalty. Bonne took the responsibility again and picked the same spot and thankfully, once again his precision paid off and the O’s went in at the break 2-1 up after a quick turnaround.
Orient managed to extend their lead further around the hour mark. Matt Harrold nodded the ball into the Guiseley net just two minutes into his Orient debut following a good cross from Joe Widdowson.
Eight minutes from time, Bonne grabbed his third of the afternoon to claim a well-deserved hat trick. The 21-year-old showed good composure to beat Green one-on-one, taking his tally to seven goals for the season so far.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
Sargeant, Sendles-White (Ochieng 81′), Judd, Koroma (Bonne 84′), Harrold (Mooney 63′)
Following that win, Orient moved up to second-place, with Dagenham & Redbridge only holding Steve Davis’s men off of top spot due to goal difference.
The O’s also played a reserve game in midweek which resulted in a 1-3 win over a Stevenage side. Defender Dan Happe put Orient in front but Stevenage drew level. However, Orient overcame the home side thanks to goals from Sam Dalby and Romuald Boco. Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Freddy Moncur and Josh Koroma all featured
Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Freddy Moncur and Josh Koroma all received some much-needed game time. The Orient XI also featured two unnamed trialists.
Alex Lawless missed the match against Guiseley due to a hip flexor issue, however, he is thought to have recovered from the injury and therefore is expected to be available for selection this weekend. However, the Welshman may have to wait for his chance to get back into the first team, as Henry Ochieng performed well in his absence.
There certainly appears to be healthy competition for places at the moment. Romuald Boco couldn’t get into the squad last Saturday, as Myles Judd was included on the subs bench.
Jamie Sendles-White is also now in contention after making his debut last time out, which was his first appearance since suffering a cruciate ligament knee injury almost a year earlier.
Matt Harrold also made a strong start with his debut goal which is likely to see him keep his place on the bench as he pushes for a start.
The O’s will, of course, be without captain Charlie Lee as his serious knee injury is set to keep him out of action in the long term.
Caprice Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Mooney McAnuff
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Leyton Orient and Boreham Wood.
Oliver Jackson & Ricky Adams
4,500 (Seats 1,700)