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Marlow FC underscore their credentials as promotion contenders with convincing win over Chipstead

A convincing 4-0 victory over mid-table Chipstead has propelled in-form Marlow into third place in the Southern League South Central Division and underscored their credentials as promotion contenders.

Mark Bartley’s Blues have lost just once in 11 league starts and conceded only five times, strengths which underpinned their impressive win over a Chipstead side which were also on a roll. It helped that Blues frontman Kameron English has found some confidence in front of goal, taking his tally to five in two games with a hat-trick against Chipstead.

“Kam is a good instinctive finisher,  that’s when he’s at his best,” said Bartley.

“We have been working with him on trying not to over think things.

“That’s now five in two games, and he obviously took the headlines, but I thought overall it was a good team effort as we also defended well.”

He added: “Chipstead came into the match off the back of six straight wins in league and cup, having conceded just twice in their last four league games.

“So have to be happy with putting four goals past them.

“We set up correctly, every player did their job and we executed well. It was a convincing win.

“I think we were faster and fitter than them.

“They are a side which likes to have the ball, but we always knew that we had the pace to break them down on the counter-attack.”

The Blues face a different challenge away to struggling Egham Town on Saturday, trying to avoid complacency and over-confidence.

The Sarnies are managed by former Maidenhead United, Burnham and Windsor player Ashley Smith, who took the reins in September after the club had a woeful start to the campaign. And Bartley is expecting a motivated opponent.

“Ashley Smith has gone in at Egham and although they are bottom, they are improving,” he said.

“They lost 2-0 to Molesey, had a narrow 1-0 defeat to Waltham Abbey and then conceded late in the 1-0 defeat in the cup to Bracknell on Tuesday.

“However, I’m confident that if we hit our levels we will do OK.”

After ringing the changes at the start of the campaign, Bartley says he is ‘content’ with his squad at the moment.

He said: “I’ve been contacted by a few players recently, but we have good energy in the squad and I won’t make changes for the sake of it.”

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