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Bartley rues missed opportunities as Marlow fall to 1-0 Westfield defeat

David Lee

Bartley rues missed opportunities as Marlow fall to 1-0 Westfield defeat

Marlow boss Mark Bartley was left ruing missed opportunities as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to play-off rivals Westfield.

The Blues created the better of the opportunities at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground on Saturday and were twice denied by the post.

But the visitors struck the decisive blow in the 66th minute as Dylan Cascoe turned the ball in from close range.

Bartley said: “I think that we played really well to be honest.

“We created the better opportunities but we just weren’t able to convert them.

“If we played that game 10 times we’d expect to win the other nine but we just have to dust ourselves down and go again.”

Tottenham Hotspur fan Bartley admitted it felt like ‘Groundhog Day’ as he watched the North Londoners come away empty-handed despite peppering the Manchester United goal the following day.

But he said the focus would now turn to maintaining Marlow's position in the play-off places, with Bedfont Sports next up in the Bostik League South Central Division.

“Bedfont play three-up top and don’t hold back at all,” Bartley said.

“They’re always dangerous from set-pieces so we have to make sure that we don’t give away any cheap free-kicks.”

The Blues are still without the defensive duo of Alex Salmon and Calum Gallimore for Saturday’s clash.

Adam Richards is also doubtful after he had to be patched up to make it through the Westfield game while Isaac Osei-Tutu is missing with illness.

The small matter of League Two promotion hopefuls MK Dons in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup then lies in store with Paul Tisdale’s side due to visit the Alfred Memorial Davis Ground on Tuesday.

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