Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh could be tempted by a formation change this weekend after Matt Harrold’s impact against Brackley Town.

The striker scored the equaliser against the National League North side in their FA Trophy quarter-final and made a big impact in a game that Orient were struggling in until his introduction.

When asked whether he could alter the team’s shape ahead to accommodate Harrold ahead of the Havant & Waterlooville trip this weekend, Edinburgh said: “I think you’ve always got to look at things, especially how games have ended.

“The game was open, so we perhaps had nothing to lose then, so we’ll assess it, we’ll look back at it and see where we go for next week.”

The O’s have been in an inconsistent run of form since the turn of the year with only two league wins, and the FA Trophy has provided their only solace, with three victories out of three in the competition in 2019.

However, while Orient were not in league action at the weekend, two of their promotion rivals dropped points in their National League fixtures, and Edinburgh feels as though the teams pushing for promotion are going to suffer from more inconsistent spells before the end of the campaign.

He said: “At this time of the season, games become more intense, points are more precious and I’m sure there’s going to be some more twists and turns before the end of the season.”

Edinburgh’s side have also received a boost with the news that Josh Koroma is back in training and could be available for the trip to the south coast, while Josh Coulson made his return at the weekend and James Dayton is also nearing a comeback.

He said: “[Josh] is back in training and we’re hopeful that he will come into contention for next week.

“Dayton is there but he’s been out for a bit of a longer period and obviously it was good to see Josh Coulson get minutes today so we’re nearer to getting that full-strength side now.”

Kick off for the visit to Havant & Waterlooville is at 3pm this Saturday (March 2).