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Maidstone boss Jay Saunders demands players keep their focus on Eastbourne game ahead of next week's clash with Dulwich

Jay Saunders
Jay Saunders

by Craig Tucker

Maidstone's players have been told to forget about their top-of-the-table clash at Dulwich.

Leaders United travel to second-placed Dulwich on Tuesday for what many will see as a Ryman League Division 1 South title decider.

But first they host Eastbourne Town at the Gallagher Stadium on Saturday and boss Jay Saunders, pictured, wants his players to concentrate on that.

He said: "The Eastbourne game is just as big and I’ve told the players that if anyone has one eye on Dulwich, to forget about it. If I see anyone after 10 or 20 minutes slacking off because they’re thinking about Tuesday, I won’t be happy."

Steve Watt completed his move from Dover to Maidstone on Monday but is suspended for the Eastbourne game while fellow centre-half Jerrome Sobers is missing through work commitments.

Graeme Andrews (groin) returns and could be partnered in central defence by assistant boss Steve Ward. Tom Mills is another option at centre-half which may see former Chelsea defender Jon Harley make his debut at left-back.

Watt and Sobers will be available for the game at Dulwich, who go into the weekend three points behind Maidstone with a game in hand.

Saunders said: "A lot of people are saying it’s a title decider. I’m not so sure about that, but it’s a massive game and if you can’t get yourself motivated for a night like that you shouldn’t be in football."

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