Festive wins for the big three.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:31 10 June 2010

ALL THREE of our local sides playing in the South West Peninsula League recorded exceptional victories over the Christmas weekend, writes Steve Birley.

ALL THREE of our local sides playing in the South West Peninsula League recorded exceptional victories over the Christmas weekend, writes Steve Birley.

Pride of place must go to Royal Marines AFC who travelled to Kimberley Stadium, Saltash, and knocked the home side out of the Throgmorton Cup on Monday afternoon, beating them 2-1.

What made the result all the more impressive was that the Ashes have only been beaten four times in their League campaign this season and had already had major success against higher level sides earlier in the campaign in both the FA Cup and the FA Vase.

Running the Marines very close for the result of the weekend were Exmouth Town who, like the Royal Marines, were tasked with winning on a Premier Division's teams' own patch to secure a last eight place in the Throgmorton Cup and they came up trumps with victory at Erme Valley, Ivybridge, where they defeated the Bridgers 3-1.

Completing a trio of exceptional local Festive victories were Budleigh Salterton, who won the Boxing Day local derby when they defeated Exmouth Town 3-1 at Greenway Lane in a contest watched by a healthy crowd of almost 200!

It was a case of revenge, a dish best served cold, as the Robins claimed the bragging rights from the derby meeting just a couple of weeks after Town had knocked them out of the Devon Premier Cup in a penalty shoot out at Southern Road.

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