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Embleton insists O’s will give Harrogate the respect they deserve

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 September 2018

Leyton Orient players at Salford City (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient players at Salford City (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The new boys are currently leading the National League despite only securing promotion last season

After 11 National League matches, only two teams remain unbeaten in the division and they will face off on Saturday at Wetherby Road.

Leyton Orient will travel to new boys Harrogate Town eager to keep hold of the zero they currently have in their loss column for the 2018/19 campaign.

It will not be easy with Town top of the table with seven wins so far, but O’s have plenty of momentum and head to Yorkshire looking to show their promotion credentials.

Orient assistant manager Ross Embleton said: “Harrogate have had a fantastic start to the season and it sets it up wonderfully for Saturday’s game.

“We need to go there confident, but at the same time respect what they have done and try to keep the unbeaten run going.”

Many people have been surprised by Town’s bright start to the term after only coming up through the National League North play-offs last season.

Harrogate boss Simon Weaver has recruited well over the past year, however, and new signings Callum Howe and Jack Muldoon have both scored four times in the National League.

Embleton paid tribute to the way Town have approached the division with no fear, but again reiterated Orient will focus on what they have been doing well given they are on a run of four wins from five games.

He added: “I wouldn’t say I have been surprised by Harrogate because I didn’t know a massive amount about them.

“Obviously they had a good season last year and come up from the National League North and the more of a run they put together, the more you start to take notice.

“Clearly they have good players and have come into the division with no fear and they deserve a huge amount of credit for that.

“I think we will respect what they are about, we know they have caused real threats and have had a fantastic start, but we also have our threats and our first thought will be to go there and get a result.”

Orient will play two clubs who are new to the division this week as after Saturday’s game at Harrogate, O’s will visit Braintree Town on Tuesday (September 25).

The clash with the Iron will see Justin Edinburgh’s team take on a couple of familiar faces.

Braintree snapped up Michael Clark and Henry Ochieng in the summer after they were released by O’s earlier this year.

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