Midfielder Jordan Maguire-Drew says that Leyton Orient must “regroup” after their FA Trophy final loss to AFC Fylde.

The O’s were beaten 1-0 at Wembley Stadium by Danny Rowe’s second half free kick as Fylde made amends for their National League play-off final loss a week prior.

Maguire-Drew, who entered the match as a half-time substitute for Jamie Turley, hit the post with a free-kick of his own shortly after coming on and he felt as though that, amongst other missed chances, including an effort inadvertently cleared off the line by his own teammate in Matt Harrold, was a sign that it wasn’t going to be their day.

He said: “It was a great day for the club and the fans were unbelievable. Looking up and seeing 25,000 Orient fans, there’s nothing more you could want as a player to look up at Wembley and see that.

“I thought the boys, especially in the second half, gave it a right go and on another day we’d have walked away with the trophy. To be fair to Fylde, they’re a good side and they were on it straight from the start. Maybe in the end they deserved it but they had the rub of the green.

“Now we’ve got to regroup, we’ve had a great season with promotion. We’ll go into League Two next season and kick on again.

“Some days it goes for you and some days it doesn’t, that’s football. We can’t control that but we’ve just got to have a break now, enjoy our summer, come back fully fresh and ready to go next season.”

Maguire-Drew only joined the club in January on a permanent deal from Brighton & Hove Albion, but has settled in quickly at just his second permanent club, scoring some vital goals on the way to promotion, and he feels as though his contributions have become greater as his fitness has improved.

He said: “I didn’t have a lot of match minutes before I came and I got thrown straight in. I thought as I was getting fitness and form I got unlucky with an injury but now I feel like I’m back to full fitness and I just want to work on fitness and on different muscles so I can show on a consistent basis what I can do.

“All the staff and all the players have welcomed me with open arms. The fans have been brilliant with me so I can’t thank them enough. He gives me the freedom to do what I want on the ball as you could see from today.”