In-form winger James Brophy impressed with squad depth at Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 April 2018

Leyton Orient wide-man James Brophy crosses the ball into the Ebbsfleet United penalty area (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient wide-man James Brophy crosses the ball into the Ebbsfleet United penalty area (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The former Swindon Town man hailed the quality in Justin Edinburgh’s team and talked up Macauley Bonne’s potential

James Brophy has praised the increased competition for places in the Leyton Orient squad heading into the final month of the National League campaign.

The O’s made it back-to-back wins with a 3-1 success at struggling Guiseley on Good Friday.

It moved Justin Edinburgh’s team up to 12th in the table ahead of the last six matches of the 2017/18 campaign.

After a largely tricky month of March, what has helped Orient of late is substitutes playing a big role in victories.

Dan Holman impressed off the bench during the 3-0 win over Woking and David Mooney scored after coming on at Guiseley.

Brophy said: “There are many options in the squad now and good options, so if one player has to miss out we’ve got someone else to come in and do the job.

“That’s good for the team. It pushes people on and that will lay the foundations for next season.”

Orient’s target for the last few weeks has been to build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

It seems they are doing just that now and Brophy has played a big part with three goals and numerous assists since signing permanently from Swindon Town on January 31.

He added: “We need to finish this season on a high which will help us progress into next year because the main aim is to really challenge next year.

“We want to finish this season as we mean to go on. For me personally, it’s pleasing to be playing and to be adding some goals to my game.”

Two of Orient’s wingers have scored in recent games, with Brophy netting during the win over Woking and Jobi McAnuff grabbing a brace at Guiseley.

If O’s are to challenge for promotion next season, they will need goals from other areas to help ease the burden on Macauley Bonne.

The ex-Colchester United forward has netted 21 times during the current campaign in all competitions and made the most of a regular run of games.

Brophy praised the Zimbabwe international, he said: “His goal record speaks for itself this season.

“Playing week in, week out has helped ‘Macca’ score plenty. It is always nice to work with someone who will finish the majority of their chances.”

Orient will hope Brophy and Bonne can be in the goals again tomorrow (Monday) when Maidenhead United visit Brisbane Road.

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