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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders admits FA Trophy giant killing against Salisbury would be huge result

23 November 2012

Jay Saunders

Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders says it would be a "massive" upset if Stones beat Salisbury in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

A capacity crowd of 2,226 is expected at the Gallagher Stadium as United look to pull off a shock victory against the Blue Square Bet South leaders.

Saunders, pictured, knows the size of the task facing his Ryman League Division 1 South side but believes they have a chance.

He said: "Salisbury are a a good side to be six points clear in their league.

"They’re a full-time club who play two levels above, so we’re not expected to win. They have a lot of good players and have just brought in Ricky Wellard on loan from Cambridge United, who was playing midfield in League 2 with AFC Wimbledon last season.

"It would be a massive upset if we won but we can have a good go at them and hopefully get something."

In-form striker Ian Draycott may return from an ankle injury ahead of schedule but won’t be risked unless he’s 100% fit. There could also be a start for British Army defender Gavin Greenfield or Steve Ward if centre-half Graeme Andrews fails to recover from a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Ben Davisson misses out with a suspected hairline fracture in his foot, while Danny Lye (hamstring) is also sidelined.

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