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'Collective spirit' helps Marlow FC overcome Ashford Town to stay at the summit

Kameron English scored in the win at Ashford Town

 

They say the sign of a good side is one that can win when not at their best, and that was the case for Marlow at Ashford Town on Saturday.

The Blues came into the game off the back of a 2-1 win over title fav-ourites Hayes & Yeading United, a result which lifted them top of the Bostik South Central Division.

And they made sure they remained there on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Ashford where Kameron English, Isaac Osei-Tutu and Adam Richards were on target.

Afterwards, manager Mark Bartley admitted his team hadn’t been firing on all cylinders but they got the job done to hold off the likes of Bracknell and Hayes at the top of the table.

“We won on Saturday without playing brilliantly,” he said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to raise your game again after you’ve had a big win, so to win 3-0 was tremendously pleasing.

“We worked hard for it and, after we scored our first goal, I never thought they’d get back into it. They’re not a bad side, who would have had similar aspirations to us at the start of the season, so it was a professional performance.”

Marlow would struggle to match the finances of their promotion rivals but Bartley believes their collective spirit, and some canny management on his part, can keep them in contention.

“We’re way behind the likes of Bracknell and Hayes in terms of finances,” he said. “But we have a collective who’ve bought into the cause and are determined to overcome obstacles.

“I’ll have to call in favours and use my network of contacts to get new players in, and I’ll do that while we’re still strong.”

On Saturday the Blues host Hertford Town at Oak Tree Road.

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