On Tuesday night Orient recorded their first win of the new season at Maidstone United, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.
The O’s took the lead after ten minutes. Macauley Bonne nodded the ball on from Dean Brill’s goal kick, for Josh Koroma, who flicked the ball over the Maidstone centre-back to get in on goal. Stones ‘keeper Lee Worgan got something on Koroma’s shot but not enough to prevent the ball ending up in the hosts’ net.
Shortly after the half-hour, Orient doubled their lead when Marvin Ekpiteta headed the ball past Worgan following James Dayton’s corner.
The home side pulled a goal back in the eightieth minute when Shamir Mullings rose above the Orient defence and nodded home from a whipped cross, setting up a nervy finish for the O’s. However, on this occasion, Orient held firm and saw the game out to claim thier first win of the season.
Judd Coulson Elokobi Widdowson
Dayton Clay Lee Brophy
Sargeant, Happe, Ling (Judd 62′), Lawless (Brophy 72′), Alabi (Dayton 62′)
Jobi McAnuff missed the win over Maidstone United in mid-week after picking up an ankle injury against Barrow, however, the 36-year-old is expected to be available for selection again this weekend.
Justin Edinburgh made changes to his side last time out and therefore he could stick with those players who came in and helped secure a win. Myles Judd made his first start of the season, replacing Sam Ling at right back. James Dayton also started in place of the injured McAnuff, while Josh Koroma was preferred to James Alabi up front.
George Elokobi is set to remain on the sidelines for a number of weeks after suffering a grade 2 hamstring tear.
Dale Gorman and Matt Harrold are still recovering from their respective ankle and hamstring injuries, however, both featured in a behind-closed-doors match during the week.
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Last term, Boreham Wood made the play-offs with a fourth-placed finish on 75 points.
Luke Garrard’s side qualified for the semi-finals of the play-offs by beating AFC Fylde by two goals to one. They then met Sutton United in the next round and Boreham Wood booked their place in the final by ending up on the right side of a five-goal thriller.
Tranmere Rovers were Boreham Wood’s opponents at Wembley. Rovers were reduced to ten men after just 48 seconds when Liam Ridehalgh was dismissed for a two-footed challenge, however, Tranmere went in front five minutes later. Bruno Andrade levelled for the Wood in first-half stoppage time, however, Tranmere secured promotion thanks to James Norwood’s goal ten minutes before time.
The Wood’s strong showing owed much to the goals of Bruno Andrade who topped the club’s scoring charts with nineteen goals, however, he was snapped up by Lincoln City in the summer. The Wood also lost Morgan Ferrier to Walsall during the close season.
Luke Garrard most notably recruited Bradley Ash from Barnsley and former Chelsea trainee Billy Clifford has returned to Meadow Park for a second spell.
Boreham Wood gave made a mixed start to the new campaign with one win, one defeat and two draws, putting them in twelfth place.
On the opening day, the Wood beat Dagenham & Redbridge by a goal to nil, but they followed that up with a goalless draw at newly-promoted Havant & Waterlooville. Last weekend Luke Garrard’s side suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 3-0 at Wrexham.
On Tuesday night, Boreham Wood had to settle for a point against Gateshead, despite coming close to taking all three points.
David Stephens gave the Wood the lead just before half-time, heading the ball into the net from Keiran Murtagh’s free-kick.
Boreham Wood appeared to be on course for a victory, however, with just two minutes remaining Gateshead drew level. Steve Rigg nodded in the equaliser from Greg Olley’s corner to keep Gateshead’s unbeaten record intact.
Balcombe, Woodards, Ricketts, Stephens, Shakes, Champion, Umerah, Murtagh, Fyfield, Balanta, Shaibu
Ilesanmi, Ash, Smith, Parry (Ricketts 90′), Thomas (Shaibu 77’)
Luke Garrard looks set to have a full squad available to him for the trip to Brisbane Road.
Jamal Fyfield and Ricky Shakes replaced Manny Parry and Femi Ilesanmi in the starting line-up against Gateshead and they will be hoping to keep their places in the side against the O’s.
Jamal Fyfield began his career with Orient as a trainee, however, he left the club in 2007 without having made a senior appearance.
The O’s lost the first ever meeting between the two sides when they made the trip to Meadow Park last season.
Boreham Wood took the lead ten minutes before the interval. Kieron Murtagh fired a shot past Charlie Grainger, but George Elokobi was able to block the effort. However, the ball only deflected as far as Danny Woodards, who applied an emphatic finish.
Orient had a great chance to equalise when David Mooney threaded the ball to Macauley Bonne to play him in on goal, but Bonne looped his shot high over the crossbar.
Boreham Wood then sealed the win with a second goal five minutes into the second-half. A lapse in concentration from Elokobi saw him gift the ball to Bruno Andrade at the byline. Andrade played a pass into the path of Murtagh who chipped the ball into the Orient net.
The return match at Brisbane Road in January ended in a goalless draw.
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