Search

Give Cheltenham Town loanee Dan Holman a run of games before he is labelled another misfiring Leyton Orient forward

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 March 2018

Leyton Orient forward Dan Holman fires over with the last chance of the game against Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Dan Holman fires over with the last chance of the game against Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

The former Colchester United forward has scored once in eight games for the O’s, but shouldn’t be written off just yet!

It is fair to say Dan Holman has not had the best of times in east London so far, but it would be a mistake if Leyton Orient weren’t to persist with the forward.

The 27-year-old has only played eight times for O’s since joining on loan until the end of the season from Cheltenham Town on January 3.

Holman came in with the remit of helping ease the pressure on Orient’s top goalscorer Macauley Bonne, but due to a combination of different reasons, he has yet to set the world alight in E10.

One goal is all he has to show for his time in Brisbane Road to date and some would fairly argue his solitary effort shouldn’t even go down as his goal.

It occurred against Tranmere Rovers on February 10 and took a deflection, but Holman’s not been helped by several issues.

The first was two weeks without a game before he moved to O’s at the start of January as his last outing prior to the loan move was on December 23 for Boreham Wood.

After signing for Orient, he was an unused substitute during the 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood on January 6 and then ineligibility and postponements halted his efforts to get match fit.

He couldn’t play for the O’s at Bognor Regis Town (January 13) and a week later the fixture at Halifax Town was postponed.

It meant Holman had to wait until January 27 to make his long-awaited Orient debut during a 3-2 home defeat to Aldershot Town - his first competitive minutes for four weeks.

Although the forward missed a late opportunity, he showed a lot of encouraging signs in the game with Bonne and helped Justin Edinburgh’s team win at Halifax a few days later.

When he seemed to be getting up to speed, another Trophy tie (Dover Athletic) forced him to sit out a match on February 3 and then he ‘netted’ against Rovers seven days later.

Holman played his part in the 1-0 victories at AFC Fylde (February 17) and Chester (February 20) in February – winning a penalty at the Coasters and again looking lively against the Blues.

And just as he was getting up to speed again, Orient resumed their Trophy campaign and he had to sit out another game (Gateshead), thus losing more momentum.

He returned for the 1-0 loss at Dover (March 3) but then missed the replay with the Heed and struggled during the draw with Ebbsfleet United, which saw him benched against Torquay United.

By all accounts Holman didn’t offer much at Eastleigh either, but this is a forward who scored over 30 goals in the National League two seasons ago. The talent’s there, he just needs a run of games.

Missing matches not only disrupts Holman’s flow, but what also needs to be considered is the change to his training schedule.

Whenever Orient would be in Trophy action, the striker would have to sit out tactical work on a Friday and it is potentially another reason why he has struggled in E10 so far.

Holman’s time in Brisbane Road reminds me of John Marquis’ three-month spell at O’s during the 2015/16 season.

The forward, on-loan from Millwall at the time, struggled to show his true quality under Ian Hendon, but impressed at Northampton Town following the conclusion of his loan with Orient.

Marquis has since gone on to fire Doncaster Rovers to promotion and has hit double figures in League One this season.

The hope will be Holman can rediscover his form soon and show why he is regarded as a lethal goalscorer in the National League.

Saturday should see the ex-Braintree Town hitman face one of his former clubs in the shape of Woking.

Holman shone during the first-half of the 2014/15 season with the Cards and with a bit of luck he can haunt his old side this weekend and again show everyone what he is capable of.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 15:00

Boxing is back, after a lockdown lasting longer than expected, with some exciting championship clashes at the BT Studios in east London on Friday.

Yesterday, 14:41

West Ham United Women will have a new training base for the 2020-21 Super League season.

Yesterday, 11:09

West Ham United Women have announced extended contracts for five of their players leading into the 2020-21 season.

Yesterday, 08:00

With the Premier League back in action for the past couple of weeks after more than three months away due to the coronavirus pandemic, why not celebrate with another sports quiz?

Yesterday, 07:27

West Ham boss David Moyes warned his players they might have to fight all the way to the final kick of the season to preserve their Premier League status.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Jonjo Shelvey denied West Ham a crucial victory in their fight for Premier League survival as Newcastle twice came from behind to snatch a point.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

David Moyes admits he cannot begin planning for next season until West Ham have secured their Premier League survival.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

England have named a 13-man squad for their long-awaited return to Test cricket against the West Indies next week, preferring Joe Denly to the uncapped Dan Lawrence and confirming Dom Bess as number one spinner.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

Veterans are providing vital skills across a range of projects to help the country tackle the current coronavirus outbreak. From helping to build Nightingale Hospitals to delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding, they have helped thousands of people across the country. We take a look at how one such veteran is helping out.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser