10:00AM, Thursday 11 July 2019
Marlow FC boss Mark Bartley stressed his side must be ‘ready’ for their pre-season fixture against the Kuwait National side tomorrow (Friday).
The Blues, like Maidenhead United, face the Blue Wave as part of their warm-ups for the new season and Bartley is expecting a tough game for his side.
“We know what we are going to be up against on Friday,” said Bartley.
“While it will be a great experience we want to make sure we don’t get absolutely smashed to pieces.
“We need to be ready for that.
“I’ll do my homework and probably Thursday we will talk about how we want to play and Friday hopefully we will implement it and give a good account of ourselves.”
Marlow come off the back of a packed week of training, which included a double-session over the weekend to make sure the players were up to speed. The Blues boss is expecting a fast-paced game at Bisham Abbey, with Bartley explaining that Kuwait want the ball in play as much as possible as they continue their warm-ups ahead of the second phase of the Asian Football Confederation section of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, which takes place in September.
“They will be really fit; they will try and keep the game at a really high tempo,” added Bartley.
“We have some ball boys and ball girls for the event to make sure the ball stays in play.
“One thing they stressed was that they want the ball to stay in play for long periods of time.
“That set the stall out for me and let me know they are expecting to play at a high tempo, which is what I’d expect.
“It will be a good test for us and obviously looking to try and win it.”
The match takes place behind closed doors at Bisham Abbey and will no doubt give Bartley an opportunity to take a look at how his squad are shaping up for the coming season. The Marlow boss is still looking to add a few players to his squad, but admitted he is not in the market to overhaul the current squad.
“A couple of them (new signings) have dragged out longer than I liked, so we are where we are with those,” Said Bartley.
“I’m not trying to overhaul the side – I’m trying to gradually tweak stuff and change the way we play slightly this year.”
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