Orient fans hailed as ‘tres bonne!’ by star striker Macauley
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:04 11 October 2018
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The E10 outfit are set to post their biggest crowd of the season for Saturday’s game with Hartlepool United
Saturday is Non-League Day and Leyton Orient are set to have a bumper crowd for their National League match with Hartlepool United and O’s top goalscorer has hailed the support of the fans.
Macauley Bonne, who has found the net 10 times this season, was full of praise for the club’s loyal following when discussing them at the end of last month.
Orient are always supported well both home and away and on Saturday they should record their best crowd of the season with tickets only £5.
Bonne said: “The fans have been class from the first day up until now and they are going to be so important for us.
“Credit to them for going to all the away games and they will play a big part this season.”
The biggest attendance the O’s have set this term is the 5,627 who turned up to watch Sutton United spoil the party somewhat and win 1-0 on September 29.
It was not the result the Orient fans were hoping for in E10, but they did see their side bounce back on Saturday with a 2-0 triumph at Maidenhead United.
O’s were backed by excellent travelling support at York Road with 923 away fans making up the overall 2,016 attendance.
“We need them and they will be massive for us,” Bonne said, who opened the scoring against the Magpies.
“They go everywhere to watch and support us and it is massive for the squad and really good.”
Last season, Orient’s biggest crowd was 5,728 for the clash with Aldershot Town in January and yet this Saturday the 6,000 barrier could be broken.
Given tickets are only £5 for Hartlepool supporters too, the Monkey Hangers should bring a decent following.
Matthew Bates’ team are also in good form and currently in the play-off positions like Justin Edinburgh’s Orient.
The Pools are sixth with 27 points to their name, which is five fewer than the O’s after 15 league matches.
Hartlepool have only lost on two occasions, away to Salford City and the other at home to Ebbsfleet United, so Orient can expect a stern examination.
Edinburgh will have to make do without midfielder Dale Gorman, who has been called up to Northern Ireland’s under-21s.
The former Stevenage ace has failed to force his way into the O’s starting XI, but has caught the eye off the bench while Josh Koroma is a doubt with a knee injury picked up last week.