Edinburgh: I will try to win FA Trophy with Orient

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh (left) and assistant Ross Embleton issue instructions from

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh (left) and assistant Ross Embleton issue instructions from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

The 48-year-old discussed how he will view the non-league competition this season

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh has laid out his aims for this season’s FA Trophy – he wants a Wembley day out for the club and the chance to win silverware.

National League teams begin their journey in the tournament at the weekend and O’s are determined to make it all the way to the national stadium for the final on May 19.

Edinburgh is no stranger to the ground in Brent having played at the old Wembley on two occasions and also walked out as a manager twice at the current venue.

Although Orient have their eyes firmly set on promotion this term, the culture created at the club by the head coach is one where they look to win in everything they do.

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It means whoever is selected for this weekend’s first-round tie with Beaconsfield Town in E10 will know the minimum requirement expected.

O’s boss Edinburgh said: “I will look to try and win the FA Trophy. I try and win every competition.

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“Some people don’t think I do, but I tried to win in the FA Cup. If I don’t believe I can give a game to the players in my squad then there is no point them being at the club.

“I made changes at Maidstone United (in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round), but I still felt we should have won the tie.

“I am not saying in terms of the performance, but the team I picked should have won the game and unfortunately they didn’t.

“Now if I feel there are changes to be made for the FA Trophy game then I will make them, but I will put out a team I feel can win as I want to win the competition.”

The Maidstone game Edinburgh referenced was in the FA Cup and Orient lost 2-0 on a frustrating October afternoon in Kent where they didn’t take their first-half chances and were punished for it after the break.

O’s didn’t have regulars Myles Judd, Joe Widdowson, captain Jobi McAnuff, James Dayton, Craig Clay and Josh Koroma in the starting XI and those coming in failed to make their mark.

Edinburgh will have no qualms about mixing it up for Saturday’s home clash with Beaconsfield, however, given how much he rates the ‘game-changers’ in his squad.

This weekend’s tie with the Rams should see the likes of Dan Happe, Alex Lawless, James Brophy and James Alabi start, while Charlie Lee may return from a knee issue which has kept him on the sidelines since November 3.

Whatever team O’s select, they should progress against a club two divisions below them and after last Saturday’s loss to Boreham Wood, Edinburgh will expect a good reaction from his players.

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