Orient midfielder expects a tough battle

Spring keen to keep unbeaten record going

Experienced midfielder Matt Spring is anticipating a tough battle at the weekend as Orient look to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games when they entertain Stevenage.

Graham Westley’s side have gained back-to-back promotions and currently sit in seventh place in the table, just two points off the play-off places and Spring admitted: “It will be a tough game and it will be completely different from the Bromley match last weekend.

“Stevenage are big and strong and it’s going to be a bit of a battle, but hopefully we can get through it.”

The O’s kept their unbeaten run going with an FA Cup victory over Bromley last weekend and now meet either Bournemouth or Gillingham in the second round and the veteran midfielder was delighted Orient came through the potential banana-skin tie without too many problems.

“That was the main thing,” said Spring. “It was to keep the run going because we didn’t want to lose against lower- league opposition.

“The main thing was to get a result and keep the run going and that’s what we did.

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“The key is to keep winning games. Losing games is not good and we had that at the start of the season.

“But we have kicked on a little bit and we have got to keep winning.”

Orient have found goals easier to come by in recent weeks and Spring was delighted with his first of the season, a 25-yard strike against Bromley last weekend.

“I actually hurt my ankle doing it,” he smiled.

“It doesn’t happen that often and it’s always good to score and I haven’t done it for a long time.

“We are scoring more goals now and that always helps. We played well at the start of the season, but got nothing from the games.

“If we can get a solid base to work from, we know we can score goals and now we have got that momentum, we want to carry it on.”

George Porter was also on target last weekend and the winger has made quite an impression this season.

“George has come in and done well,” said former Charlton midfielder Spring.

“He has got a bit of pace and that scares people and it gives us something different and it’s something we have not had before.”