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Negative comments inspired Marlow FC to FA Cup victory over Aylesbury United, says Bartley

Marlow boss Mark Bartley said he used negative comments about him and his team as inspiration ahead of the Blues’ dramatic 2-1 win over Aylesbury United in their FA Cup First Qualifying Round replay on Tuesday.

The post, left on the Aylesbury United fans forum, called Marlow a ‘bunch of odious chaps’, adding that Bartley ignored young local players preferring to bring in a ‘load of black players from Reading who do not give a toss about the club’.

The post has since been removed by Aylesbury United.

Bartley was delighted with the performance of his team across both matches, especially the midweek clash.

“It was always going to be a more edgy game because of the comments posted on their forum,” Bartley said.

“I was looking to see what their fans thought about the game, sometimes it’s useful to me to get another perspective on a game.

“It’s clear I am not liked by Aylesbury fans, neither is Marlow, that’s fine.

“But those comm- ents were excessive, wide of the mark and unnecessary.

“I’m not sure what Aylesbury are going to do about it. We might take it further with the FA. It’s not acceptable.”

Following Sunday’s 0-0 draw, Marlow overcame the Ducks in Tuesday's replay following goals on seven minutes from Junaid Bell and  a penalty in extra-time from skipper Chris Ovenden.

Aylesbury’s Max Hercules had levelled proceedings on 78 minutes.

Bartley said: “I thought we were the better team in both matches. Sunday, I think our keeper had one save to make, but it was one of those matches where not a lot happened.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), while they had a lot of possess- ion, they mostly went sideways and backwards and didn’t threaten our defence.”

He added: “I can’t fault the lads. We have conceded two goals in seven games and have really applied themselves.”

Marlow, who have earned almost £10,000 from their cup run, have been drawn away to Kempston Rovers in the next round.

The Blues are back in league action on Saturday when they host newly promoted FC Romania.

Alex Salmon and Calum Gallimore could be sidelined for the match because of injuries.


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