Mark Bartley manager of BetVictor Southern League Marlow FC is tempted to 'make a mockery' of Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after last season's cup final removal. Writes Daniel Darlington in the Slough Express
Marlow FC’s elimination from last season’s Berks & Bucks Senior Cup final still clearly rankles with boss Mark Bartley (pictured), who admits he’s tempted to ‘make a mockery’ of this season’s competition.
The Blues were barred from taking on Reading FC in last season’s showpiece final after the eligibility of Marlow players was brought into question following their 1-0 semi-final win over Slough Town.
Marcus Mealing and Adam Richards were both found to have played for other clubs in separate county cup competitions, contrary to County FA rules, and the Rebels went through to play – and beat – the Royals in the final at Larges Lane.
This season’s competition is already underway with the Blues set to host uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division Windsor in the first round on Tuesday night (November 12).
“I’m genuinely undecided as to how I’ll approach the cup game,” said Bartley. “It might depend on how we get on in the league on Saturday. I could put out a strong team and try to go for it or, honestly, I could select myself and some of the coaching staff and make a mockery of the competition, because the Berks & Bucks FA are a joke association in my eyes.”
Marlow appealed the County FA’s decision last season but it was upheld. County FA rules state that players are ineligible to play for more than one club in any of the county cup competitions during the same season.
Bartley’s feelings toward the County FA probably haven’t been helped by his side’s league and cup form this season.