DAVID Howell says he is looking forward to locking horns with new Ashford Town boss Jamie Lawrence on Saturday.
Lawrence spent two seasons alongside Howell at Harrow Borough as a player-coach but much of that second season was written off by a knee injury, in which he contracted the MRSA superbug.
Having fully recovered by the end of last season the former Bradford City midfielder moved on to pastures new while also becoming more involved with his London football academy.
Now Lawrence, who was named as Mark Butler's successor earlier today (Thursday), will take his new charges to Earlsmead and will not need to do any extra research on their Ryman Premier opponents.
"He has taken his coaching badges and it's a natural progression for him," said Borough manager Howell, himself a former player.
"He's got the experience and was a leader on the park and I'm sure he will be one off it. He will want his team to play a certain way and Saturday's game now has an added ingredient to it. I wish him well."