Bromley manager Neil Smith was happy to revel in the moment after his side’s stunning 6-1 demolition of Leyton Orient last night.

Hayes Lane was packed to the rafters as a bumper crowd of 3,346 came through the turnstiles to see the Lillywhites take on a side who just three years ago missed out on promotion to the Championship after being pipped 3-2 by Rotherham in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Orient’s fall from grace since then under their former owner Francesco Becchetti, now thankfully departed from the east London club, has been well documented.

But the end result of his shambolic three-year reign of incompetence and disaster is that the O's were last night meeting Bromley on equal terms in the National League.

And it was one of their former players George Porter who got the goals spree underway in the 11th minute with a headed effort.

Jack Holland doubled the advantage before the break before Josh Rees added a third 10 minutes after the restart.

Orient’s woeful defending was punished again by Adam Mekki who made it 4-0 before Macauley Bonne pulled one back for the shell-shocked visitors.

However, Bromley were not done yet and capped a memorable night when Holland struck again and then Brett Williams completed the rout two minutes from time.

A clearly delighted Smith said: “The boys were brilliant. We set out a game plan and they stuck to it to the letter. It was great for the strikers to get off the mark as well because they had looked nervous, but we just said go out and play.

“There was no pressure on us, it was all on Leyton Orient. To some people they thought we were just here to make up the numbers tonight and that it wasn't about us, it was about them.

“I thought to a man we deserved that result from the word go.”

He added: “I had a short time here as a player and remember playing in the Kent Cup with probably about a hundred people down here.

“Now we have 400 season tickets sold and three-and-a-half thousand people here tonight in a league game.

“Of course I want it every week now but I've got to give them something for them to come out and watch us.

“There was obviously fantastic support for Leyton Orient but I'm hoping the Bromley supporters spread the word and we can make this place a fortress.”

Bromley remain unbeaten after last night’s victory and sit fourth in the table, only two points off early trailblazers Aldershot.

But despite the understandable euphoria after such a memorable result, Smith is keen to keep everything in perspective.

The boss explained: “We finished in difficult circumstances in the top ten last year. We know it is going to be even harder this year with the likes of Leyton Orient, Hartlepool and the teams that have come up like Ebbsfleet.

“Obviously their financial status is a lot better than what I've got but I think we showed out there today we have a team spirit and we stuck together.

“I want to do better than tenth but we know how hard it is going to be.”

Smith added: “We won today. I won't shout from the rooftops at the moment. I would just like to praise all the players, even the ones that weren't playing who were jumping around and supporting each other.

“That's the difficult side when you are not picking players who probably deserve to be in there and that competition for places which I've got.

“I've got a very, very small squad. I've only got 17 players with Aiden Enver who is only 17 or 18, so I've got to be very precious with what I've got at the moment.”

Bromley’s squad might currently be small in numbers compared to some of the other National League big hitters.

Smith admits ideally new signings will be made, although the manager was adamant he will not be drafting fresh faces in just for the sake of it, instead preferring to bring additions who possess the correct attitude and calibre.

“We would like to strengthen,” the Hayes Lane chief said.

“We've been offered players but they've got to be the right person.

“I want hungry players, I don't want people who have come here and I'm doing someone else a favour. I want players that actually want to be here and I think it shows today that they all do.”

After sending one of the two newly-relegated sides home with their tails between their legs last night, Bromley have the chance to complete a quick-fire double scalp when Hartlepool United visit Hayes Lane on Saturday.

Smith said: “It is going to be difficult against Hartlepool because they are another former Football League club.

“We are going to enjoy tonight's result for a little bit but we are already preparing for Hartlepool now. We will come back on Thursday, start training, see what bodies I've got and then start again.

“This is one game. It is three points that we've earned today and I think we thoroughly deserved it.

“But it is in the league, we've got to go again and Hartlepool will be another difficult game.”