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Edinburgh: Every game in the National League will bring its own challenges

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 August 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on from the touchline at Salford City (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on from the touchline at Salford City (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O’s play twice at home over the next seven days and both will be tough according to Orient’s head coach

Leyton Orient will not be treating their home games in the National League this week any differently.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) the O’s host Ebbsfleet United at the Breyer Group Stadium and days later, on Saturday, Barrow will visit east London.

Fleet finished sixth last season and qualified for the play-offs as a result before losing in the semi-finals while the Bluebirds only just avoided relegation by a single point.

So by 5pm this Saturday, Orient will have played two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum, but head coach Edinburgh has warned his squad against complacency.

He said: “There is no league form and everyone starts on the same number of points now. Last season is irrelevant I believe.

“If we are saying it is relevant, then we were up there because we were one of the form teams, but it is irrelevant unless we pick it up and we start how we finished off.

“If we think for one minute Ebbsfleet will be tough and Barrow will be easy then that is where we will come unstuck.

“I believe everyone is fully aware of this league and the competition each club brings on its merit whether that be Barrow, Ebbsfleet, Chesterfield or Maidenhead United.

“Every game in this division will bring its own challenges.”

The National League, like it did last season, will fit in a number of games during the opening months of the new campaign.

Orient will play seven fixtures in August and the same number again in September before it settles down a touch in October, although that is when the FA Cup journey begins.

Edinburgh’s men will play Saturday and Tuesday until they enjoy a seven-day break after hosting Boreham Wood on August 18.

Following home games with Ebbsfleet and Barrow this week, Orient are on the road again next Tuesday (August 14) too as they visit Maidstone United.

It will take a lot out of the squad and Edinburgh doesn’t feel there will be any easy fixtures even if the opposition seem weak on paper.

He added: “I believe the first 10 to 12 games every club will be difficult on its own merit.

“No one will have real form, so you look at the first quarter and you obviously want to do well, but there are no real form teams.

“On paper you have favourites, but every one of our first 12, and that’s not talking about the next 34 yet, will be tough.”

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