It was his 23rd goal of the season, and it was undoubtedly one of Macaulay Bonne’s most important in his lifetime.
Bonne’s 57th-minute strike against Eastleigh took the game to 2-2 before James Brophy tapped in the eventual winning goal four minutes later to send Orient back to the top of the National League table and to put promotion to League Two in their hands with four games left to go.
After a blistering first half of the season, Bonne’s goals have dried up significantly since the start of 2019, only scoring five compared to his 17 from August to December, but his striker against Eastleigh could signal a return to form for the striker.
With Orient realistically needing to win every remaining game this season in order to clinch the National League title and promotion back to the Football League, Bonne’s impact on the squad needs to be greater than ever, and his goal against Eastleigh on Tuesday night could give the striker the confidence to carry on scoring until the end of the season.
The old adage ’every game is a cup final’ rings true for Orient going into their massive games in the run-in for this season, with their game against third-place Solihull Moors potentially being the promotion decider on the 22nd of April, and if Bonne is able to rack up a few more goals against Sutton United and Harrogate Town, the O’s will be heading into their hardest remaining game of the season with a striker back to his best.
Bonne, who is valued at £90k (by Transfermarkt), has been one of Orients best players in their time in the National League, and he out of anyone in the squad will want the east London side to be promoted back to the Football League, and him finding form will be crucial in the club achieving this goal.
Leyton Orient fans, how important will Bonne’s form going into final games be? Let us know!