09:56AM, Thursday 02 December 2021
Mark Bartley hopes the Blues are now over their 'sticky patch' after producing one of their best displays of the season against Guernsey at Oak Tree Road on Tuesday night.
The Blues tormented their opponents from the Channel Islands, winning the game 6-0 with Kameron English netting a hat-trick in a man-of-the-match display.
Marlow made a wonderful start to the campaign winning their first eight matches in all competitions without conceding a goal, however, that form wavered in October and early November and the club dropped out of the play-off positions.
After an undeserved loss to Larkhall on penalties in the FA Trophy, the Blues bounced back to beat Tooting & Mitcham 2-1 last week and looked back to their very best as they trounced Guernsey on Tuesday evening. English kick-started the goal-scoring spree in the 29 minute and went on to complete his hat-trick. Nnamdi Nwachuku chipped in with another goal and Adam Richards was also on target. An own goal from Ben Le Tocq made it 3-0 just before half-time.
They finished up with six goals, but Bartley believes Guernsey could have had few complaints if the hosts had scored nine or 10.
The result lifts the Blues back to within a point of the play-offs, ahead of Saturday's tough-looking trip to second placed Basingstoke Town.
In a post-match interview with the club, Bartley said: “It's hard to be anything but pleased with that.
“I thought we were fantastic from minute one.
“I asked the players for a bit of a reaction today.
“We’ve been going through a sticky patch, and I wanted the players to show that we are back.
We scored six goals, kept a clean sheet, and probably could have had nine or 10 really. We had some good chances. I was really pleased with them today.
“They’d (Guernsey) been a little bit up and down, so it was tough to know what we were going to get.
We were in on Saturday as we didn’t have a game and the boys have gone out and executed our game plan perfectly and got the three points.”
Kameron English was a thorn in Guernsey's side throughout, not just with his goals but also his relentless running which stretched the visitors' defence and pulled players out of position.
“It's a long time coming for Kam,” said Bartley.
“He seems to be a bit of a streaky player, but for a wide player he’s a very good finisher.
“He's very natural and it's well deserved.
“He set the tempo with our press today. He was going after them and getting in behind he was decisive and got some balls in so when the chances came, he converted them.
“It was a man of the match performance from him.”
Despite their recent uptick in form, Marlow remain outside of the play-offs, but they would go level with Saturday's hosts Basingstoke on 32 points if they won their matches in hand.
Bartley added: “They’re a good side.
“We’ve watched them a couple of times and they’ve watched us.
“A lot of the players know each other so it’s going to be like a local derby. We’ll prepare well on Thursday and then look to go there on Saturday and get something from the game.”
The Blues boss also had a message of thanks for the club's young fans who've helped raise the players' game with their support this season. He said the players feed off their energy and hopes they'll continue to play their part during the remainder of the campaign.
“Those guys are tremendous” he said.
“They come in, they’re vocal, they help the boys.
“It makes a massive difference. It’s quite difficult sometimes for the opposing keeper, but we go away from home and get that as well, so yeah, I just want to thank them, and they’ve got a big part to play in the rest of the season.”