09:00AM, Thursday 20 February 2020
Marlow boss Mark Bartley is confident his side have ‘enough in the locker’ to continue their unbeaten run in the South Central Division when they return to league action this Saturday after a series of postponements.
Storm Dennis led to the postponement of Saturday’s tie against Northwood and Tuesday night’s clash against Bracknell Town, meaning Marlow haven’t had a competitive match since their 0-0 draw against Hertford Town two weeks ago.
Prior to the postponements, the Blues had gone five games unbeaten in the league lifting them to 12th in the table. Bartley is banking that some intense training sessions will keep his side sharp for Saturday’s game against South Park and the break won’t have a detrimental effect on his side’s momentum.
“We’ll be working hard and making sure we get in quite a physical session and work on our shape later in the week to make sure we’re ready to go on Saturday,” said Bartley.
“It’s not going to be easy, we know we’re a little bit behind but I think we’ve got enough in the locker. We’ll get ourselves ready and hopefully we’ll pick the momentum back up.
“We’re in a good space and the players have been playing well and working hard. We know what we need to do, we’ll keep our focus, and we’ll make sure we’re physically sharp enough.”
The Blues sit nine points above South Park in the league but Bartley will treat this game like no other, keen to keep climbing the table to reach his stated aim of a top five finish.
“We know they’ll be a strong and organised side who we’ve got to match and go and impose ourselves on the game. We know it’ll be tough because at this stage, everybody has got something to fight for.
“There are a lot of sides that are either fighting relegation and trying to get themselves clear, or there are a lot of other sides who are in a similar position to us who know that if you put a good run together, you can get yourselves into the play offs.
“All the games we’ve played have been keenly contested and for us it’s just a case of making sure we’re applying ourselves and giving a good account of ourselves on Saturday. If we do that, we’ve got a good chance of getting a positive result.”
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