Justin Edinburgh’s men come in to the fixture in excellent form having secured three wins from the previous three matches, including an excellent 0-2 win against high-flyers Wrexham AFC on Saturday.
The two sides matched each other for the vast majority of a pulsating encounter in Wales as Dean Brill was forced to make two good saves either side of the break before Macauley Bonne found himself in the right place in the 85th minute to slash home before James Brophy wrapped up the points in the final minutes with a well-placed lob.
Gary Waddock’s side have struggled to repeat last season’s fine 5th place finish but performed well against League One Bradford last week. They were, however, beaten at the weekend by Ian Evatt’s Barrow.
Tyler Smith opened the scoring in the 27th minute before Jack Hindle struck in the 87th minute to confirm the three points,
The two sides last met in the league in January as the Shots came on top of an exciting encounter. Macauley Bonne opened the scoring within the opening 30 seconds before two goals either side of the break gave Waddock’s men the lead. George Elokobi equalised with an excellent overhead kick but McDonnell earned the points in the 76th minute.
The O’s will have a fairly full squad to choose from with the game likely coming too soon for Charlie Lee (knee) and Sam Ling (ankle) to feature. Goalkeepers Sam Sargeant (ankle) and Charlie Grainger (wrist) will definitely miss out so we’re likely to see Arthur Janata on the bench once more.
The Shots suffered a big double blow last week as George Fowler and top-scorer Scott Rendell suffered knee injuries that will keep them out for this evening’s match. Captain Karleigh Osbourne and James Rowe will also miss out but Adam McDonnell will be available to Waddock having served a one-match suspension on Saturday.
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