Josh Wright dedicated his goal and the win against Cheltenham Town to former Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh.

Wright and Edinburgh shared a close relationship having also worked together at Gillingham, but the midfielder was unable to play under Edinburgh again at the O’s.

It was only fitting, then, that it was Wright who bagged the winning goal on an emotional day at the Breyer Group Stadium in the club’s first game back in the Football League.

After the game, Wright said: “It was a very emotional day from minute one and even before the game. The whole six weeks of pre-season and before that as well has been very tough and an emotional time.

“We needed the first game and it was very important that we got off to a good start. I think the emotions got slightly the better of us to begin with, I thought Cheltenham started very well and put us on the back foot a bit, but credit to us as a club, as a team, the boys, the staff, everyone. We re-grouped, we grouped together and I think we grew into the game and got stronger and stronger.

“To get the goal for me was extra special but for anyone to have got that goal was going to be special today. Of course I’m over the moon with the fact I got the goal. The emotion is hard to explain, again a bit of a blur.

He continued: “You try not to think what you’ll do if you score but you’ve always got something in mind and it was the same celebration as my goal in pre-season last week. I ended up coming over to where Justin’s family and friends were and I knew they were very happy. I could see them up on their feet going wild like Justin would have been up in the sky.

“It’s something that will stick with me forever, something that’s very special to me but the main thing was the three points, and it’s obviously three points and a goal dedicated to Justin.”