Disappointed but we’re still top of the table. That was the message from Justin Edinburgh after Leyton Orient suffered just a National League defeat of the season at Boreham Wood on Saturday.

A Femi Ilesnami goal just four minutes into the game ultimately proved to be enough to give the hosts the points as the O’s were unable to find a way past Wood goalkeeper Ryan Huddart and suffered their first away league loss of the campaign.

Despite the defeat, Edinburgh’s side maintained their one-point lead at the summit after second-placed Salford City suffered a 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield later in the afternoon.

A philosophical O’s boss told the club website: “It wasn’t a good start, we know that and it wasn’t to our standards but we bounced back from that and on another day we get the next goal and go on to win the game. But it wasn’t to be, we have to accept that.

“We’re disappointed, we don’t like losing, it’s our first defeat away from home this season after 24 games so I think we have to bear in mind that we’re not too down, not too disappointed, not too harsh, let’s not lose sight of where we are.”

Having fallen behind, the Orient boss felt his side “were the only team that looked to win it”, but did admit he was frustrated by the officials.

Edinburgh said: “I don’t think we were helped by antics from the opposition, but I understand that. But that’s then the referee’s job to put an end to the time wasting and unfortunately that wasn’t to happen.”

Asked why he had spoken to referee James Oldham at the interval, the O’s boss explained: “I asked what was the minute added on for because there was plenty of time wasting in that half and bearing in mind you add 30 seconds for a goal and 30 seconds for a sub, basically he told me there was no time wasting in the first half and I was just bemused by that decision.”