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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders fires Torquay warning

By Craig Tucker

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders says their good record against Torquay will count for nothing when they meet at the Gallagher on Saturday.

The Gulls were the opponents the last time Maidstone won a National League game, Joe Pigott's free-kick earning a 1-0 victory at Plainmoor in November.

United also won there 4-0 in the FA Trophy a month later and did the double over the struggling Devon club last season.

Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture: Matthew Walker
Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture: Matthew Walker

Maidstone were riding high in the play-off places after Pigott's strike but have since gone 17 matches without a win and are only five points clear of trouble in 18th place.

Torquay, meanwhile, have spent most of the season in the bottom four and are nine points adrift with 11 games to go.

The Stones are desperate for a win but Saunders doesn't want to pin too much on beating Torquay just because they have a good record against them.

He said: "Listen, it's a big game. They're all big games now though.

"Let's put it this way - there's no point going and beating Torquay and then you lose your next three games.

"For us, it's just about getting the next win we can and if that's Saturday then great and that's what our aim will be.

"They're a good side. I know we've had good results against them but they are a good side and on their day they cause teams problems.

Stuart Lewis is suspended Picture: Andy Jones
Stuart Lewis is suspended Picture: Andy Jones

"I know they got a good result at Macclesfield, they got a draw there, they've signed some good players and it'll be a real tough test for us.

"You don't want to get too excited by having a good record against someone because, as we've found this season, you can have good records but we haven't been able to pick up the points.

"Regardless of who we're playing, we'll do our research and we'll work our hardest to get the three points."

Captain Stuart Lewis completes a ban while Seth Twumasi starts a two-game suspension for picking up 10 bookings.

Alex Wynter (hamstring) and Andre Coker (thigh) were due to return for Tuesday's postponed game against Macclesfield and should be available.

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