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Relegated Marlow are `Bang on Track`

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Mark Bartley, manager of now Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Marlow, says his preparations for the new….

….season are ‘bang on track’.

Bartley, who was named Blues boss last month, also says he is encouraged and excited by what he has seen from his new-look squad.

Most of the players who were at Marlow last season have moved on, although Marcus Mealing has remained.

Bartley has signed several players from his former club Reading Town, including the likes of Phillip John, Richard Witt, Ben Gladwin, Danny Lingwood, Alex Salmon and Jamie Pearcey.

Ex-Lincoln City, Boston United and Thatcham Town striker Graham Lewis and Sandhurst Town defender Carl Garstang have also arrived.

Bartley said: “I’m encouraged and excited.

“We’re exactly where I wanted us to be at this stage. We’re bang on schedule.

“Obviously a lot of last season’s team have moved on but we’ve kept Marcus Mealing.

“I’m delighted to have kept him. He’s done really well in training and in our first friendly.”

He added: “Some of the players from Reading Town have followed me over and they are quality players.

“I’ve got a squad of about fifteen/sixteen now and I would like to add a few more.

“There are a couple of others I’m pretty close to getting.”

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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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