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Marlow FC show their character against Hanwell, after 'nightmare' at Beaconsfield Town

HAVING lived through Saturday’s ‘nightmare’ at Beaconsfield Town, Mark Bartley was glad to get back to winning ways against Hanwell Town on Tuesday night.

The Blues went down to a 4-0 defeat at Gary Meakin’s Beaconsfield at the weekend, but had five players pull out of the game due to the norovirus before kick-off.

Bartley had hoped those that came in would step up and stake a claim for a start on Tuesday night, but he admitted that didn’t happen.

However, he said the players’ response in Tuesday’s 3-1 home win over Hanwell shows the Blues have real character. Marcus Mealing netted twice in the win.

“Saturday was a nightmare for a number of reasons,” he said. “The norovirus was going round and we lost five players to that, when Jordan Brown and Curtis Chappel were already suspended.

“Beaconsfield were efficient and effective as I’d expect them to be under Gary Meakin. They put us to the sword and I had no real complaints with the result.

“Thankfully we managed to get a few back for last night’s game and were very good against Hanwell. We created a lot of clear cut chances and, were it not for their keeper, it could have been seven or eight. The players had to carry Saturday’s defeat into last night so it says a lot about their character too.”

The Blues visit Chalfont St Peter on Saturday where Bartley is expecting a feisty clash. He’s also on the verge of signing a new striker who netted 25 goals for a step five level club last season.

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