01:30PM, Friday 06 September 2019
An emphatic 4-1 win away at FC Romania demonstrated that Marlow will be ‘throwing more caution to the wind’ this season, according to boss Mark Bartley.
Despite going behind in the early stages, the Blues bounced back in style with goals from Adam Richards, Jordan Brown, Charlie Samuel and Devontae Romeo handing them all three points.
Marlow’s attacking options proved to be the difference, with Samuel and Romeo continuing their impressive starts to the season with well-taken finishes.
And Bartley said Blues fans can expect his side to adopt a more adventurous style this season considering the weapons at their disposal.
“The players that operate at the front end are normally the sort of players where you would only have room for one or two in the starting line-up but we thought that we’d throw a bit more caution to the wind this season,” Bartley said.
“We’re a bit more open but if you’re a spectator our games are probably going to be more exciting than last season.”
FC Romania’s rise up the non-league pyramid has grabbed the headlines in recent years, with the club originally founded in 2006 by a group of Romanian workers who wanted to play football in their spare time.
Bartley said their possession-based style posed a different threat to other sides in the league but praised his team for sticking to their task.
Marlow followed their victory in the Isthmian League South Central Division with a 2-1 defeat against Bracknell Town in the newly-named Velocity Trophy on Monday.
The fixture at Larges Lane afforded Bartley the opportunity to make nine changes after a congested start to the season.
The Blues found themselves two down after half an hour but Sanchez Parkes reduced the arrears before the break.
Bartley added: “We took some of the boys that have played a lot of minutes out of the firing line and the boys that came in did well so it’s given me some food for thought.
“I think that Sam Lock (Bracknell Town) and his coaching staff have done a good job assembling their squad of players and the game gave us a chance to size each other up a bit and I’m sure when we meet in the league the games will be full-blooded encounters.”
Marlow are next in league action at home to Chertsey Town on Saturday week (September 14).
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