Justin Edinburgh hailed Josh Koroma after the Leyton Orient youngster hit a brace to help the O’s secure a 3-1 win over play off chasers AFC Fylde at the weekend.

The 19-year-old played a part in all three goals at Mill Farm, with his lay-off setting up Macauley Bonne for the opener, before notching a goal either side of half-time to help the O’s secure all three points.

Koroma’s first of the afternoon was a terrific strike, initially picking the ball up on the left and then skilfully manoeuvring his way past two Fylde defenders before planting a lovely effort into the top corner.

His second strike came five minutes after the break, as he was released by Bonne following Joe Widdowson’s long clearance up field, before curling another fine effort past Jay Lynch.

Koroma has proven himself to be one of the brightest young talents in the National League following an impressive start to the campaign with the O’s, which has seen him play in a more advanced role alongside Bonne up front.

The Orient academy graduate ended last campaign in superb form and has taken those excellent displays into this season too, with the 19-year-old’s brace against Fylde taking his tally to five goals.

Head coach Edinburgh was delighted with Koroma’s display and also praised the O’s front four following their impressive victory at Mill Farm on Saturday.

Speaking to Leyton Orient’s website, Edinburgh said: "I thought he (Koroma) was excellent today, he had the real bit between his teeth. We had spoken during the week and I thought he just needed to be a little bit more ruthless, be a bit more positive and he certainly gave us that today.

“We coped with the conditions and I thought we looked a real threat on the counter attack with Josh Koroma, James Dayton, James Brophy and Macauley Bonne looking a real threat whenever we regained possession. The chances that came along were dispatched clinically."

Edinburgh was without a recognised right-back for Saturday’s game in Lancashire, with Myles Judd missing through suspension and Sam Ling unavailable due to the injury he sustained against Havant and Waterlooville.

It meant Craig Clay was forced to play in an unfamiliar position at right-back, with Dale Gorman coming into the side for his first league start to partner Charlie Lee in midfield.

But Edinburgh’s plans were further disrupted just eight minutes into the fixture when Lee was forced to leave the pitch due to injury, meaning Jobi McAnuff moved into midfield to make room for James Brophy, who took up his favoured position out on the left.

Lee’s injury will be a blow for the O’s as the former Stevenage midfielder was really starting to make up for lost time, having missed the majority of last season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Edinburgh confirmed after the final whistle that Lee had injured the same knee as last season, but is hopeful the 31-year-old will not be ruled out for a substantial period of time.

On Lee’s injury, Edinburgh said: “We know it is the same knee he injured last season but we don't believe it is the same injury. A medial ligament is the first diagnosis so we'll remain positive and hopeful for Charlie. He's a big player for us and an integral part of what we're trying to achieve here.

"To lose Charlie in the circumstances we did, the group didn't let it affect them and Jobi goes into central midfield. It was a change that we didn't really need but it highlights the strength of the squad.”