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Mark Bartley's Blues share the spoils in opening day draw with Barking

Looking to emulate their victory in the FA Cup from a week prior, Marlow FC returned to league action on Saturday with a 2-2 draw at Mayesbrook Park.

Marlow and Barking shared the spoils on the opening day of the Isthmian South Central Division season after the Blues let a two-goal advantage slip out of their hands.

Having taken the lead through Ashleigh Artwell and Charlie Samuel, Marlow looked destined for victory heading into the last half hour of the match.

But Keaton Moore and Junior Dadson were able to level the score for Barking in the game’s dying embers as the referee blew the final whistle shortly thereafter.

Having been denied all three points, Blues boss Mark Bartley said the draw felt more like a defeat.

“I wouldn’t have sniffed at a point on the first day. I think it was just the manner of the way that the point came about,” said Bartley.

“A point on the opening day is never bad as you don’t want to lose your opening game. But we were 2-0 up and we gave away two goals. It makes it feel more like a defeat but it wasn’t and we just need to be focused on the FA Cup game now.

‘I think we got ourselves into a bit of a tangle and we had a few injuries which was a bit of a nightmare. That disturbed the momentum and was probably what contributed to us conceding the two goals.

“We just need to make sure we’re better for the next game. I’m happy with the preparation, the players look good and they look fit and sharp. We just need to make sure we go and maintain that now.”

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