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Marlow FC boss Bartley frustrated side had to fall a goal behind before 'sparking into life' against Bedfont Sports

Marlow FC boss Mark Bartley say he is frustrated his side had to fall a goal behind before ‘sparking into life’ in Saturday’s match against Bedfont Sports.

Andy Ali’s strike inside the first few minutes of the second half gifted the Eagles a 1-0 lead, and meant Marlow had to depend on Kelvin Bossman converting a penalty in the 56th minute, to bring the score level and close the game out with a draw.

Bartley admits the concern of extending a streak of league defeats could have been a factor in the Blues’ hesitance to push for all three points.

“Unfortunately we conceded a very sloppy goal two or three minutes into the second half,” he said.

“I think there were a certain amount of nerves still amongst the squad having lost a couple of league games in a row.

“We probably played a little bit too hesitant because we wanted to make sure we didn’t concede anything, or give anything away.”

A victory for Marlow would have been a considerable step towards rectifying what has been a rocky start to the season.

The Blues boss admits Saturday’s game was a missed opportunity to climb the table against the lower positioned team.

“I think if we would’ve come out the second half and not conceded an early goal, we would’ve been fine because I felt as though we were in the ascendancy in the first [half],” he added.

“We just needed to be patient to get an opening and that would’ve given us a chance to go on and secure the win.

“Ultimately, it’s a disappointing game and we need to look at that as a building block for what will be a big couple of weeks for us.”

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Marlow beat FC Romania 3-2 on penalties in Tuesday’s Velocity Trophy Group 5 clash.

The Blues had led 2-0 through Devonn Reid and Seye Okunlola but FC Romania fought back to take the game to penalties.

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