Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders set to face former boss Chris Kinnear at Margate
Jay Saunders admits it will feel
strange going head-to-head with the manager who shaped his career
when Maidstone travel to Margate in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Stones boss Saunders enjoyed his most
successful days as a player under ex-United defender Chris Kinnear
at Hartsdown Park.
The pair will be in opposite dugouts
as Maidstone look to pull off a first qualifying round upset
against the Ryman League Premier Division leaders.
Saunders (pictured) said: "It’ll
feel strange going up against Chris.
"He gave me the chance to play in the
Conference and I had some great times there.
"You try to take the good points from
every manager you’ve played under.
"Chris always had a good dressing room and tried to make sure we
all got on.
"Organisation was another big thing.
We worked a lot on set-pieces and everyone knew what they were
supposed to be doing."
Ex-Gate players Shaun Welford and
Tommy Osborne are set to line up against their former club.
Another another old boy, keeper
Charlie Mitten, may deputise if Deren Ibrahim (hand injury) is not
Saunders insists there is no pressure
on his in-form side.
He said: "Margate are top of the Ryman
Premier so we go into the game as underdogs."
If a replay is needed, it will be at the Gallagher Stadium on
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