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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders on their National League run-in

By Craig Tucker

Maidstone can play without pressure after clinching National League safety.

United finish the season with matches against the current top three but no longer have to worry about the drop after beating Boreham Wood on Easter Monday.

They’re at third-placed Forest Green on Saturday, host champions-elect Lincoln at the Gallagher on Tuesday night and finish at home to Tranmere next weekend.

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders Picture Andy Jones

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones

Manager Jay Saunders said: “There’s no pressure on the boys now.

“We’ve been playing with pressure on us since Christmas time.

“Now, in the last three games, we can go out and enjoy them.

“I know that sounds silly because you are enjoying it when you’re winning, but they can actually go out there without me telling them how important each game is.”

The pressure may be off but United want to finish the season well and there’s also new contracts to play for as they head to a Forest Green side who thumped them 4-1 at home.

Saunders said: “They were probably the best side that came to the Gallagher this season and they’re safe in the play-offs.

“It’ll be a funny game but I don’t think the boys will let up.

“They’ll look forward to going there and playing a good side in a nice stadium.

“You can relax but the players are playing for their future as well.

“They want to show me they want to be here next year as well, so we’ll go there and we’ll take it seriously.

“We’ve got some great games to look forward to. It’s nice to have survival done and dusted.

“We’ve got Lincoln and Tranmere to come here as well, which are all-ticket games, so hopefully we can get massive crowds in.”

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