Marlow back on track after going back to basics against Northwood

Mark Bartley was delighted his team ‘got back to basics’ to overcome Northwood 3-0 on Saturday, ending a frustrating four-match run without a victory for the Blues.

Marlow took a two-goal lead into half-time, after finishes from Junaid Bell and Adam Richards, to which was added a 70th-minute goal from Marcus Mealing to wrap up the promotion hopefuls’ first win in December.

After a humbling 4-1 defeat away at Chalfont St Peter the week before, Marlow boss Bartley made changes to the team and was rewarded with an improved performance.

“The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game,” he said.

“We knew it was an important match as we had gone off the boil recently so needed a result.

“I wasn’t happy with us at Chalfont, and the players were made aware of that. We made half a dozen changes and got the result.

“The workrate and effort was there and the execution of what we had been working on mid-week was there.

“It was still not quite as fluid as I would have liked, but we are getting there.”

He added; “Northwood had been on a decent little run themselves, so it was a good result and good to get back to basics.

“Although we’ve not been on the best run, because of the way the results have gone, we are back up to second in the table, that’s why beating Northwood was important.

“If you are serious about promotion you can’t let the poor results continue.”

The Blues are away to Southern League South Central Division strugglers South Park on Saturday with Bartley keen for his side to lay a platform for the remainder of the campaign.

He said: “South Park took a point at Tooting, which was not expected, so we have to be on our game.

“But we must view this match as an opportunity to keep the pressure on the other teams at the top by winning.”

Bartley confirmed he is still keen to add ‘one or two’ players to the squad, adding: “But it’s not an easy time to get things done.”

The Blues are currently third in the league table after 19 matches, two points behind title favourites Hayes & Yeading who also have three games in hand, and two points ahead of rivals Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey.

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