Marlow aim to stake Hellenic League claims

Marlow FC face a crucial week

Marlow FC face a crucial week

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MARLOW hope to kill off one rival for the Hellenic Premier League title tomorrow and then derail another four days later as Mark Bartley’s men embark on a mini-run of games that could define their season.

They won 4-1 at Holyport on Saturday to protect their eight-point lead at the top, but Bartley believes they could stretch that into double figures in the coming days.

Third-placed Binfield are first up before a Tuesday trip to Wantage, who are fifth but would go top if they win their games in hand.

Bartley said: “If we beat Binfield I think you could rule them out. It would be hard for them to make up that number of points.

“Wantage would still feel they have a chance even if we beat them too, but we’ve already got the points on the board and I truly believe we can win every game we play.”

Cheltenham Saracens a week tomorrow completes Marlow’s make or break week.

Bartley said: “If we’re fortunate enough to win all three games I think we’d be striking a significant blow to the opposition.

“You would be looking at a double-digit gap at the top.”

Marlow have every reason to be confident.

They made it nine goals in two games this year with their win at Holyport – Ray Spence, Gary Smith and Ian Davies on target – and they will be a greater threat now Lewis Cordice has signed from Flackwell Heath.

Cordice is the Heathens’ top-scorer this season with 17 goals in 17 starts.

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