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Marlow were a 'little bit naive' to concede two late goals in Chipstead defeat, says boss Bartley

Chris Ovenden

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Mark Bartley has admitted the Blues ‘were a little bit naïve’ to concede two injury-time goals in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Chipstead.

The Blues have prided themselves on their defensive resilience in recent weeks, and were starting to make inroads into the gap between themselves and the play-off places.

But, after taking the lead through Chris Ovenden’s penalty at Oak Tree Road and missing some chances to make the game safe, they saw the points snatched away from them as Jacob Sewell and Samuel Clayton – from the penalty spot – earned the visitors a smash and grab victory.

The Blues had conceded just twice in their previous seven matches, and hadn’t lost at Oak Tree Road since their 3-2 defeat to Ware back in December. However, Saturday’s defeat sees the side lose momentum at a crucial stage of the season and they slip back to 11th in the South Central Division table, nine points off the top five.

”We were disappointed because we’ve thrown away what would’ve been a really big three points for us,” said Bartley.

“We were probably a little bit naïve going into the 90th minute rather than seeing the game out like we should’ve done.

“We had bodies floating forward when we should’ve been plugging gaps.

“You go from 1-0 up in the 89th minute to losing 2-1.

“That would’ve been a big three points for us as we try and charge for a play off place. We look at it now and it’s tough. It needs an unbelievable run from us and a little bit of luck elsewhere.

“We’ve got 10 league games to navigate and those three points on Saturday would’ve made a huge difference.”

“We play Ashford Town this weekend and ironically they beat Chipstead on Tuesday,” added Bartley.

“They're not a bad side and I think they've shown that with the result last night.

“But for us, if we've got any aspiration at all, we need a bit of luck, but we absolutely have to win on Saturday.

“I think it's fair to say that if we drop points against them, that'll be the season done.”

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Marlow were dumped out of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup to Reading on Wednesday after the match was decided on a penalty shootout. The final score: 0-0 (5-4 pens). Reading will play Slough Town in the tournament’s semi-finals.

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