First half goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Rian McLean helped the O’s to a 2-0 win over AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday, and sets up a tie at home to Luton Town in the second round.
“We knew it was going to be a real challenge and would be a test, but I thought we was exceptional from the first minute,” said Edwards.
“I thought our boys competed and worked their socks off from the first minute to the last and I thought we played some excellent football”
Adeboyejo and the O’s went close on a number of other occasions in the contest, and the only slight disappointment for Edwards was that his side didn’t finish the game off sooner.
“We hit the post twice had other chances, good possession and the only criticism was that the final ball or shot wasn’t quite what it needed to be,” he added.
“We didn’t quite finish the game off and at 2-0 you have a little cushion but if they get a goal at any time it is only going to cause a little bit of panic. They had a 5-10 minute spell towards the end of the game, but when I look at it Sam Sargeant didn’t really have a save to make.”
And having lost out to Luton twice already this season, once on penalties last Friday in the League Cup, Edwards hopes it will be third time lucky when the O’s host the Hatters in the next round.
“Luton have been a real difficult opponent this season,” he said. “For me, they have been probably the best youth side I have seen in the last two or three years.
“They are a very strong side so we would like to close the gap in terms of wins, and it is a real challenge for us, but one to look forward to. It’s at home and they will be favourites to an extent, but it is a game we think we can win.”
The O’s are back in Youth Alliance League action this weekend when they host Southend United.