Leyton Orient turn their attention to the FA Trophy this weekend as they make the short trip to Coles Park to face Isthmian League North Division side Haringey Borough. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
Haringey Borough are currently in 7th place in the Isthmian League North Division with 34 points from their 18 games so far this term. The Borough have a good record at home this term, having lost just one of their eight league games at Coles Park.
Tom Loizou’s men have been strong in cup competitions this season, helping the club to not only their best outing in the FA Trophy but also their furthest progression in the FA Cup.
The Borough went from the preliminary round to the Fourth Qualifying round in the FA Cup by beating Bowers & Pitsea, Hitchin Town, Welling United and Bideford. In the Fourth Qualifying Round Haringey were knocked out by Heybridge Swifts in a 2-4 defeat at Coles Park.
So far in the FA Trophy, Haringey Borough have beaten Whyteleafe, Harrow Borough, Sittingbourne and Thame United to make it to the First Round Proper.
This season’s run in the FA Trophy surpasses last season’s showing as they fell at the first hurdle at the hands of Hythe Town in 2016/17.
Last weekend, Haringey claimed all three points at AFC Sudbury. Christopher Benjamin bagged a brace for the Borough scoring after just eight minutes and again on the hour. Sudbury pulled a goal back with just under ten minutes to go as Joe Whight scored from the penalty spot, but Haringey held out for the win.
Harris, Olufemi, O’Donoghue, Hervel, Mitchell, Gordon, Coley, Richards, Gabriel, Benjamin, Georgiou
Ademiluyi, McDonald, Luke, Heather, Edwards
Louizou has stated that he is unlikely to have a full squad to choose from when he names his side to face the O’s.
Haringey Borough boss Tom Loizou held coaching roles with the O’s during the 1990s and also had a short spell as caretaker manager during the 1994/95 season.
Last Saturday Justin Edinburgh claimed his first win as Orient manager and ended the club’s 15-game winless run by beaten then league leaders Sutton United.
The O’s got off to a good start as they took the lead inside the first ten minutes. James Dayton was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Macauley Bonne stepped up and powered the ball high into the Sutton net to make it 1-0.
Dean Brill was called upon almost immediately but the goalkeeping coach turned goalkeeper produced a good save to deny Sutton’s Ross Lafayette.
The visitors enjoyed spells of pressure and Orient looked threatening on the break, but there was just one goal separating the sides at the break.
Orient extended their lead ten minutes into the second-half as Matt Harrold headed the ball home from Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick.
The away side had to chase the game and Orient were able to take advantage and they put themselves further ahead with ten minutes to go. Dayton picked out David Mooney, whose shot to a deflection before rebounding off of the pots. However, Bonne reacted quickly and thumped the ball into the visitors’ goal to claim a brace and make it 3-0.
Two minutes later, Sutton reduced the deficit as Tommy Wright weaved his way into the Orient box before firing the ball past Brill.
Orient killed off any threat of a comeback with a fourth goal four minuted from time. Dayton’s shot from just outside the box deflected into the Sutton goal leaving the visitors’ stopper Jamie Butler rooted to the spot.
Judd N’Gala Happe Widdowson
Dayton Clay Lawless McAnuff
Grainger Pollock, Westbrooke, Mooney (Harrold 77′), Koroma (Bonne 93′)
This Saturday’s game will, of course, be Orient’s first ever FA Trophy tie. However, Justin Edinburgh does have a history in the competition having reached the final with Newport County in 2011/12. The Exiles were beaten in the final by York City, but the new O’s boss will be hoping to bo one better with Orient as he bids to foster a winning culture at the club.
Jamie Sendles-White is back in contention again after completing his suspension.
Justin Edinburgh could also have Josh Coulson available to him as the defender is back in training following a long spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. However, the Cambridge loanee is unlikely to start as he has not played since September.
However, Edinburgh won’t have the luxury of a full squad to choose from. Jake Caprice has one game remaining on his suspension following his dismissal against Torquay.
George Elokobi and Charlie Lee have not yet recovered from their long-term injuries either so remain unavailable.
Michael Clark has joined East Thurrock United on a one-month loan deal.
The O’s boss has signalled his intention to take the FA Trophy seriously, therefore it will be interesting to see whether he gives playing time to younger members of the squad and those who haven’t featured regularly of late.
2,500 (Seats 280)
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