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Marlow FC boss says busy week will give everyone a chance to stake a claim for their shirt

With three big matches to be played in the coming week, Marlow manager Mark Bartley has said everyone in the Blues squad will get a chance to contribute to the team’s fortunes.

Players have started returning from injury for the side in the past few weeks and performances have improved off the back of it.

Last week they beat FC Romania on penalties to pick up a bonus point in the Velocity Trophy before Chertsey Town were beaten 1-0 by Kelvin Bossman’s penalty in the FA Trophy on Saturday afternoon. The win was a big one for Bartley’s men as they’d been beaten 4-2 by Chertsey in the league just a few weeks ago.

The Blues are grinding their way back into form and Bartley is desperate for that to continue at Waltham Abbey in the league on Saturday.

That game is followed by a trip to Hanwell in the Velocity Trophy before the side takes on Sholing in the FA Trophy on Saturday week.

“There’s nowhere to hide in the coming weeks,” said Bartley.

“They’re all big games and here is an opportunity for the players.

“They’ll all get their chance to contribute to the team’s fortunes and if they do well they’ll give themselves the best possible opportunity of continuing in the shirt.

“I always back my players, and when we have bodies returning from injury, I’m increasingly confident we’ll deliver good performances.”

Bartley feels the Blues have stemmed the flow of defeats in recent weeks but said it was important to get their first win for a while under their belts on Saturday.

“I was really pleased with the team and it was our first clean sheet (of the season) as well,” he said.

“It’s been a long time coming and it felt like we were getting punished for every single mistake, but that was a good result for us, against a side who’d put eight past Northwood in the league the previous Tuesday.

“For us to keep a clean sheet and be as disciplined as we were was really pleasing.

“We’re starting to grind our way out now. We needed a victory, we needed to stem the flow.

“We had to stop losing games and then we could build into winning matches again.

“Waltham Abbey are a side who, like us, will expect to be up there this season.

“I always felt things weren’t going our way because we had personnel missing but it’s easy to become a little bit apprehensive when you haven’t won in a while. It won’t be easy to win there but I believe we can do it.”

Anton Rogers and Tristan Campbell could both return to the squad following injury.

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