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Maidstone United winger Blair Turgott true to his pre-season word

By Craig Tucker

Maidstone winger Blair Turgott is delivering on his promise in the first week of the season.

He has three goals to his name already, earning a point against Hartlepool on the opening day and scoring both in a 2-1 midweek victory at Dagenham.

Turgott said he would win games for United this season and has made a flying start.

Blair Turgott in action for Maidstone at Dagenham Picture: Steve Terrell
Blair Turgott in action for Maidstone at Dagenham Picture: Steve Terrell

Manager Jay Saunders is seeing a different player to the one who joined from Boreham Wood in February.

He said: “Blair wasn’t fully fit when we got him last year.

"He had a really difficult season, on and off the pitch, but I’ve always had belief that he can score goals at this level and he’s proved he can.

“He’s come back, he’s worked ever so hard in the summer and he’s got a good chance of getting a really good goal return.

“To be honest, with the ability he’s got, he can go back in the Football League.

"I’ve no doubt about that, he just needs a really good season under his belt.

“He knows here he’s got a manager and staff who believe in him and will give him the opportunity to do that.

"Don’t get me wrong, it’s two games in but even in pre-season you saw more consistency to his game.

“What pleases me as well is when I see him chasing back 60 yards and closing down wingers.

“I ask my wingers to do that side of it and he’s doing it.

“Jamar Loza is as well and we’ve got Andre Coker to come back into the fold so with those three we’ve got some good options.”

Blair Turgott gives Maidstone the lead against Hartlepool Picture: Andy Jones
Blair Turgott gives Maidstone the lead against Hartlepool Picture: Andy Jones

Maidstone are off to Yorkshire to play FC Halifax on Saturday.

The Shaymen are one of four sides to have won their first two games.

Then it’s Leyton Orient at the Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday night.

Will De Havilland is the only doubt after suffering double vision at Dagenham.

Saunders said: “I’m expecting Halifax to be a good side.

“It’s another difficult place to go but we go there with confidence.

“If you’d said to anyone you’d come out of your first two games with four points I’m sure people would have taken it.

"I’m delighted with that but I still think there’s a lot more to come from us.

"There’s loads of little things we need to work on with them but a lot of the mistakes we’re making is down to that youth we’ve got in the side.

"It's just decision-making. We’ll go through that and get that out of them."

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