Marlow boss Bartley wants to build another run after defeat to Hanwell Town

Marlow made some uncharacteristic errors in the lead up to Hanwell Town’s crucial goal in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat, the side’s first league defeat this season.

Boss Mark Bartley admitted the side looked a little flat after playing four league and cup matches in just 10 days, and Harry Rush took advantage of that to score the game’s only goal.

The match was also played out in monsoon-like conditions, a further wearying factor for the Blues as they sought to try and get back into the contest. Both sides had a player sent off in the early exchanges, and, while Hanwell may feel they came off worse after losing Ogo Obi – their top scorer – Marlow lost the services of Georges Ehui, a defender in a backline that’s been watertight so far this season. On a night when one goal was always likely to settle things, Hanwell got it and were able to manage the game well with their full compliment of defenders.

“I don’t think we can look at that (the sending off) as being the deciding factor,” said Bartley. “They would probably feel their loss was bigger than ours because their main goal threat went off. I just feel as though we were a little bit flat and didn’t have the spark that we normally do.

“It was probably a goal that we wouldn’t concede again. There were a couple of mistakes that we made in the build up to it, which doesn’t happen very often, so we’ll just draw a line under it.

“It was more in the transitions, when we got the ball back, we possibly just delayed things an extra half-second than we have been doing and we weren’t quite as incisive with our forward play. That was the biggest difference.

“If someone had offer me this position at the start of the season, I’d have taken it, and the players have shown they can be consistent over a long period of games. There wasn’t an issue in the changing room, we just need to work hard on Thursday and then get back on the saddle on Saturday and try to start building another run. It’s important that we bounce back in the right way on Saturday.”

The result meant Marlow missed the chance to move top of the table. They stay second on the same points (19) as leaders Uxbridge, while fellow contenders Hanwell rise to fifth on 16 points. The Blues visit Staines on Saturday.

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