Boreham Wood v Leyton Orient

Vanarama National League. Kick off : 12.35pm. Saturday 8th December. Live on BTSport 1

LEYTON Orient will be looking to cement their position at the top when they visit Boreham Wood in the early National league game.

With second-placed Salford City breathing down their necks the chance to put some distance between themselves and their closest rivals, even if only temporary, is one Justin Edinburgh`s side will be looking to take.

Orient are in form with four wins and a draw in their last five in the league, an outing in the London Senior Cup at Haringey also resulting in a 2-1 victory on Monday. Standout result in that sequence was a 2-0 victory away to Wrexham, with frontman Macauley Bonne getting on the scoresheet yet again to break the deadlock late in the game.

23-year-old Bonne has been on the radar of a lot of EFL clubs, and Dundee were registering some interest earlier in the year. Since then he has signed a two-year contract, so anyone who want`s to swoop in future will be paying top dollar for him.

After moving from Colchester he seems to have settled and matured at Orient – 25 goals last season and 17 up to now would seem to back that up. He could definitely be worth a go at a higher level, so the club holding on to him could be the difference between going up and missing out.

The sheer amount of games these teams play nowadays means good squads are just as important at this level and Leyton Orient have a good mix of experience and youth.

Midfielder Josh Koroma is worth a look as a possible anytime scorer, bagging seven this season. Evergreen Jobi McAnuff is their Captain, while former Cambridge United defender Josh Coulson shores up the central defence, which is a pretty mean one too.

Boreham Wood are sitting just above mid-table, not in any trouble yet apart from a lack of goals in the last few league games. The last game against Halifax away was postponed, saving them a 400-mile round-trip, and after winning a local Herts Cup tie 5-1 at a canter on Monday, they should be ready for this.

So, this should be close, though. Boreham Wood are tough to break down just like Orient, with Josh Umerah the main goal threat with 8 this season.

Recent fixture history also points to a dour battle between the two, but Leyton Orient can sneak a win that could prove vital for their promotion push.

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  • Leyton Orient to win and under 2.5 goals 16/5 (Ladbrokes)

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  • Leyton Orient to win 1-0 23/4 (888Sport)
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