Dawson swoops to get Militarymen off the mark in top flight campaign.

PUBLISHED: 18:59 25 August 2010 | UPDATED: 21:31 25 August 2010

Budleigh's Bob Dawson at the crease against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2487-25-10SH

Budleigh's Bob Dawson at the crease against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2487-25-10SH


The Royal Marines AFC recorded their first win of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division season at the fourth time of asking with a single goal victory over St Blazey at Endurance Park.

exsp football RMAFC Matt Dawson

THE Royal Marines AFC are up and running after, at the fourth time of asking, they recorded their first victory in the top flight of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

After three defeats in matches that had seen a number of poor goals conceded it will have been highly satisfying for boss Richard Pears that a single goal was sufficient to bank the points.

It was a smart finish from Matt Dawson following an exchange of passes with Ritchie Hope, just past the hour mark, that settled the game at Lux Park.

Both Hope and Phil Everett were also within a whisker of adding to the lead with headers.

Pears was very pleased with the outcome and, in particular, with the attitude of his charges. He said: “I’d not been happy with some of the individual and collective play in the first three games and we did exchange a few home truths before the game in the Lux Park dressing rooms so that we were all s t to sing from the same hymn sheet. It clearly worked for we were a much improved unit. A good yard stick from which to measure performance is the post match thoughts of the opposing manager and he applauded us and said we deserved what we got. I felt the lads responded to my promptings and produced precisely what I was looking for. Liskeard are a good side and the win shows the potential we’ve got. We needed to increase our work-rate and win our battles all over the pitch. What happened was that we won all eleven battles across the park and that was the reason we claimed the three points. It was a good, all-round team performance. Every player was outstanding, in particular Shea Saunders, who was a thorn in their side.”

Royal Marines AFC Secretary Ian Mulholland said: “August was always going to be a difficult time for us due to Royal Marines being on annual leave and we also have players out in Afghanistan that are not due back until late September and mid-October, so any points we can muster, during this period is a bonus. Hopefully we can only get stronger as the season progresses and we get a full compliment of Royal Marines back in the fold”.

On Saturday the Militarymen are at home to Witheridge with the game at Endurance Park, kicking off at 3pm.

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