Saun­ders: More to come from sum­mer sign­ing

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Man­ager Jay Saun­ders knows there’s more to come from Shamir Mullings af­ter a good week for the Maid­stone striker. Mullings made it two goals in as many games with the win­ner against Bar­row on Satur­day. Saun­ders says his sum­mer sign­ing isn’t 100% fit yet, so you can only imag­ine the havoc he’s go­ing to cause Na­tional League de­fences once he’s up to speed. Mullings started against Bar­row af­ter his goal as a sub­sti­tute in the mid­week de­feat by Ley­ton Ori­ent. He scored the only goal in the sixth minute, meet­ing a lovely cross from Michee Efete and put in a big shift be­fore mak­ing way for Joe Quigley near the end. Saun­ders said: “It’s great bit of play, a great ball by Michee and a good header by Sham. “That’ll do him good, get­ting some fit­ness as well. He’s ob­vi­ously not fully fit. He was out on his feet at the end there so it was good to have the op­tion to re­place him. “What you will see if you look back is the de­fen­sive side of it he did as well. He won a lot of head­ers in our box and I’m pleased for him.” Saun­ders called for a first clean sheet of the sea­son and got his wish against a tal­ented Bar­row side. The win was Maid­stone’s sec­ond of the cam­paign and moves them up to 13th place af­ter five games. Saun­ders said: “I’m pleased with the clean sheet. I men­tioned it this week. I was des­per­ate for a clean sheet. I thought we de­fended well. “Were we at our best? I don’t think we were. “I think the two wins we’ve got this sea­son I’m not sure we were at our best but on the flip side, we did cre­ate a lot of chances and had chances to make it more com­fort­able. “Bar­row are a de­cent side. They beat Ch­ester­field this week, I’ve watched their games and they’re a de­cent side. “My big­gest gripe is we prob­a­bly gave them too many op­por­tu­ni­ties to put things in our box, throw-ins and cheap free-kicks but we de­fended them well. “With­out be­ing at our freeflow­ing best, we still did our jobs and it was a good team per­for­mance to get that win.”

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