Daryl McMahon insists Ebbsfleet have nothing to fear when they walk out to face Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Saturday.
Three years ago the O’s were playing three divisions above Fleet, but now they meet as equals in the National League. Ebbsfleet are 16 points better off going into the game, which will be watched by more than 4,000 fans in east London.
“It’s the biggest game down south for all of us,” McMahon said. “Leyton Orient are the biggest club in the league and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s a great fixture.
“We’ll enjoy the occasion and go on the front foot. Hartlepool, Orient, Wrexham – these are the big games for us after being in Conference South for the last four years. These are the games you can really embrace.
“There’s no better stage (at this level) than Brisbane Road. I’m sure they’ll have a decent crowd there, a nice stadium, good facilities and against a good side.
“Leyton Orient have a good history and they’ve got a group of players that are going to try to build a new history.
“For us at Ebbsfleet, we’re at the same level as them now. I’ve got very good players, they’ve got some good players and we’re both in the same place.
“There’s nothing for us to fear. It’s about us putting our best foot forward and respecting the opposition but showing people we’re a decent side as well.”