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Unexplained Player Absence Causes Late Postponement

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Saturday’s game in the Evo-Stik League South East between Marlow and Ashford Town (Middx) was postponed due to a lack of home team players present at the Alfred David Memorial Ground at kick-off time.

At around 1.45pm, with only one member of the Marlow playing squad at the ground, manager Mark Bartley was trying to make contact with the players who had previously been advised of their selection to establish their whereabouts but was unable to make any contact by telephone or received text replies of “not available”.

Neither the club nor manager had been made aware of anything untoward prior to this time.

The match officials and Ashford Town (Middx) officials were immediately apprised of the situation as was the Southern League.

Time was given to see if the situation could be resolved but at 3pm with the situation unchanged Marlow confirmed that they were not in a position to fulfil the fixture which was consequently postponed.

The club and the manager are trying to establish further details of why this happened.

Marlow apologised to the Southern League, Ashford Town (Middx) the match officials and all those who attended the ground or who were affected or inconvenienced by this issue.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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