Marlow blow 3-0 lead but still see positives

Bucks Free Press: Mark Bartley Mark Bartley

MARLOW let a 3-0 lead at home erode against St Ives at the weekend, but boss Mark Bartley insists he isn’t too disappointed.

After three draws in a row in the Southern League Central, the Blues appeared set for the maximum after a brace from Ian Davies plus a Nathan Ashton goal put them in command at the interval.

However, St Ives goals after 56, 66 and 74 minutes levelled it up.

Bartley said: “The weather had an impact, but I still think we should have done better.

“We got ourselves into a great position. It’s never nice to be 3-0 up at home and draw 3-3. It’s not great and it’s a bit of blow for the lads.

“But we were against a side that beat us earlier in the season and in terms of progress, from where we were and how good we were in spells, I’m fairly content.”

The result followed draws with promotion chasing Daventry and Slough in recent weeks.

Bartley said: “We’ve come off the back of a difficult run and gone five games unbeaten in the league now.

“We’ve got players coming back and I’ve seen enough already to be pleased with my side. I know how good they will be.”

Tomorrow they go to a Potters Bar side that blows hot and cold.

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