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A look ahead to tomorrow’s promotion six pointer

The National League promotion race will take another unpredictable turn this weekend as two titans of the division,  Wrexham and Leyton Orient face off at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The game promises to be a mouthwatering occasion with Wrexham yet to taste defeat at home and Orient unbeaten on their travels.

The O’s come into the game sitting proudly at the top of the table, having fallen to defeat just once in their opening 20 league games.

Ahead of their trip to Wales, Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh was refusing to get carried away by the occasion.

The former Gillingham and Newport County manager told the East London & West Essex Guardian, “We won’t do anything differently because we are unbeaten on the road and the players know how to win big games.

“We will continue to reach the standards we have set. Training takes care of itself and we will hope to go there and continue the good run we are on.

“We go again and it is another big game for us. I always say this and don’t want to sound like a broken record, but we take each game on its merit,” he said.

“We know it is an important game and we will look to try and continue doing what we have been doing on the road.”

Edinburgh’s side have been the second most prolific goalscorers in the National League so far this season, finding the net an impressive 40 times already, just one less time than Salford City.

Orient’s superb goal scoring statistic is largely down to the continued prolific form of striker Macauley Bonne, who has continued his impressive form from last season to fire home 14 league goals already this season.

However, the Zimbabwean is likely to have his work cut out tomorrow when he comes up against a Wrexham defense, who have only conceded 12 times this season, the joint lowest in the league.

The Dragons have their tails up and will be confident of knocking the league leaders off their perch, having won their last six games at the Racecourse ground in all competitions.

Looking ahead to the match, an excited Rickett’s told The North Wales Daily Post, “Leyton Orient are a good side, well organised, good players and they are up there deservedly, like ourselves.

“It is going to be a good test. They will be looking at this test exactly like we are, saying this is a strong test to see where they are at.

“They are looking to get promoted, and so are we, but (if we) win the game we are not promoted, lose the game and we are not going to not get promoted.

“It is a pivotal game along the journey but it is not a cup final.

“Now it is just our chance to pit our wits against another very good side and see where it goes”.

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