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Marlow FC boss Mark Bartley hails Blues 'Football IQ' ahead of new season

Marlow’s pre-season results may not have been going the way manager Mark Bartley wanted but he has ‘no complaints’ about his side's performance in the friendlies and believes the Blues have more ‘football IQ’ this time around.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Berkhamsted was the latest in Marlow’s warm-up games after their narrow 1-0 defeat to Kings Langley on Saturday, but with a fit and healthy squad that could still be added to ahead of their first game of the season against Barking, Bartley is positive about things moving forwards.

“I was really pleased with what I saw,” said Bartley.

“There are no complaints from me at the minute. I’m confident with all the players that I’ve signed – I wouldn’t sign players if I didn’t think they could play.

“The sides that I build, if we do what we need to do, and we execute to a good level teams at our level will struggle with us.”

With four signings finalised last week, and a few more in the pipeline, Bartley is looking forward to what the season holds for his side – with their opening fixture confirmed for August 17.

“I actually believe physically, we are in better shape than we were last year,” added Bartley   “This year we have a little bit more football IQ throughout the side. I think we are more intelligent when we have the ball, which will help us this year. That’s possibly what undone us a bit last year, you could call it experience but for me it’s footballing IQ – there were times were we needed to make the right decision collectively and you need to have people willing to take the ball under pressure and I think I’ve got more of those kind of individuals now.”

Marlow kick off their campaign on August 17 against Barking before playing Staines Town on August 20.

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