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Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh happy to settle FA Trophy clash at Bognor Regis Town on the day

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 January 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh on the touchline against Haringey Borough (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh on the touchline against Haringey Borough (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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If the O’s and the National League South side can’t be seperated after 90 minutes, the tie will go to extra-time with penalties to be used if needed

Leyton Orient travel to Bognor Regis Town on Saturday looking to take another step towards an appearance at Wembley.

The O’s head coach Justin Edinburgh outlined his ambitions in the FA Trophy before the club’s first round tie at Haringey Borough on December 16.

Orient had to come from behind to progress 2-1 at Coles Park thanks to goals from Josh Coulson and Matt Harrold and now visit Nyewood Lane this weekend.

Bognor Regis may be struggling and in the bottom three of the National League South, but Edinburgh will pay the seaside club plenty of respect.

“It will be a team I feel is capable of winning the game,” said the 48-year-old, when asked about his potential starting XI on Saturday.

“Everyone knows I am taking the FA Trophy seriously and when I came to the club I played a full team against Haringey Borough.

“It will be the same at Bognor, so they will get the respect they deserve because it is a competition I believe we can win.”

The Rocks have found victories hard to find this season, achieving just three in the division hence why they are 21st and six points from safety.

Last weekend Bognor played out a 2-2 draw at basement side Whitehawk, which did little for either club’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

The FA Trophy has been a nice distraction for Jack Pearce’s team, though, and they have seen off Taunton Town and Hemel Hempstead Town to reach this stage.

But if Bognor are to go further in the competition, they will have to beat O’s on the day with both club’s deciding to settle the tie on Saturday with extra-time and penalties used if required, but no replay.

Edinburgh said: “I’m happy to go there and try to win the game, whether that be in 90 minutes or on penalties.

“It was my decision along with Bognor Regis Town’s and I was happy to do that because I don’t think it is necessary to have another fixture.”

Orient will head to the West Sussex club without a win in three games, but in decent form overall having suffered just one defeat from their last seven.

The goalless draw at home to Boreham Wood last weekend was the O’s second consecutive stalemate after holding Dagenham & Redbridge to a 0-0 on January 1.

A 1-0 loss against Bromley at Brisbane Road occurred two days earlier on December 30, but on the whole it was an excellent display having played 86 minutes with 10-men after Bondz N’Gala saw red.

Edinburgh will have to make do without Dan Holman on Saturday after he played for Boreham Wood in the competition in December, but fellow new loan signing Lamar Reynolds may start.

“We will go there and believe we can win the match,” said Orient’s head coach. “In the previous two games before Saturday we should have scored more goals.

“Against Boreham Wood our chances were limited, but when we get to a point where we are not creating then it will be a concern.”


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