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Returning Blues aim for safety-first season
MARLOW boss Mark Bartley says 15th place would represent a successful return to the Southern League.
He led the Blues to a runaway Hellenic League title last year, but while the Southern League is a familiar arena for the club he admits it will be new territory for many of his players.
He said: “I think only four have played regularly at this level, but I’ve got belief in this group of players and I think in a year’s time they will able to challenge for the play-offs.
“They learn quickly, but this is a year of consolodation.
“We’ll have good days and days when we’re naive, but our aim is to be challenging for the play-offs next season and to do that we need to learn from our mistakes this season.”
Marlow host Leighton Town in their first match before going to Chertsey on Tuesday.
Bartley said: “I think we’re ready. We’ve had a good pre-season and I’m pleased with where we are as a squad.
“There are some good sides in this league but we’ll look to pull off a few surprises.
“When we play well we’re a match for anyone and the challenge is to make sure we execute our game plan as regularly as possible.
“Our main aim is to stay up, but if we’re 15th or 16th it will be a successful season.”
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