Mark Bartley's tactical scouting pays off as Marlow FC defeat Saints

Mark Bartley believes Marlow FC played Chalfont St Peter at ‘the best possible time’ as the Blues defeated the Saints by two goals to nil on Monday afternoon.

With no fixture pencilled in last weekend, Bartley turned his focus to monitoring Chalfont’s match against Chipstead in order to gain a better understanding of his upcoming opponents.

The scouting mission was evidently a success, as Nnamdi Nwachuku and Adam Richards found the back of the net at Mill Meadow while Simon Grant pulled off a solid penalty save for the Blues.

The result is Marlow’s second victory of the Isthmian South Central campaign, which lifts them to sixth in the table.

“They were missing players, and we’re currently in a decent space,” said Bartley.

“Their pitch can also be tricky to play on sometimes, so it was ideal to go there early in the season while it is still in good nick.

“If we tried to play there in January, it could have been a different game, and I would have had to pick a slightly different team.

“All in all, we’ve come away with three points, another two goals and a clean sheet. So, how can we not be happy with that?

“There’s a couple of things I believe we can work on, and maybe do a little bit better, but I think we were deserved winners against Chalfont St Peter.

“It would’ve been hard-pressed for anyone to say that we didn’t deserve to win the game.”

Bartley added: “We were due to play Whyteleafe FC on Saturday, but because they pulled out [of the division], we didn’t have a game.

“Instead, I used Saturday to go and watch Chalfont play against Chipstead.

“It helped us prepare a little bit more for yesterday (Monday).

“There’s about five of us in the coaching team, so that enables us to go and watch five games – observe 10 teams – on a free Saturday.

“I never like having the day off, but I think we put the time to good use.”

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