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Maidstone's Bobby-Joe Taylor playing his way into boss Jay Saunders' thoughts after peaking in time for National League South play-off final

By Craig Tucker

Bobby-Joe Taylor’s season has taken off at just the right time.

Taylor has come from nowhere to stand a chance of starting Saturday's National League South play-off final at Ebbsfleet.

He’d spent much of the campaign on the bench before a handful of impressive appearances deputising at full-back.

Bobby-Joe Taylor Picture: Martin Apps
Bobby-Joe Taylor Picture: Martin Apps

Boss Jay Saunders rewarded the 21-year-old by keeping him in the side for the two-legged play-off semi-final against Truro – only this time in his favourite position on the left wing.

The former Cambridge midfielder did well in both games, setting up Alex Flisher’s winner in the second leg on Sunday.

Taylor said: “I’ve been given an opportunity to play and I’ve tried to take it with both hands. Thankfully, the manager’s had faith in me and I have to give him credit for that.

“I didn’t think I’d stay in the side but you’ve always got to be ready.

“I wouldn’t say I expect to play in the final. I’m just happy to be part of getting us there.

"I’d like to think I’ll be involved but you never know. It depends what the gaffer’s thoughts are and what happens in training but I’d love to play.”

Read the full story in Friday's Kent Messenger

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