Football season starts in earnest

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

THE Royal Marines AFC certainly made headlines with their first ever outing in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division scoring four goals and yet losing the game! The Marines hosted another set of 'new boys' to this level, Bovey Tracey.

THE Royal Marines AFC certainly made headlines with their first ever outing in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division scoring four goals and yet losing the game! The Marines hosted another set of 'new boys' to this level, Bovey Tracey, who found the back of the net at Endurance Park seven times themselves to claim the game by the amazing score line of 7-4.In fairness to the Marines, they were hamstrung by the fact that Training Centre is currently enjoying block leave' and this left the side without as many as seven players who would normally be in the matchday squad and they were further hampered by the fact that four cars carrying players to the game were held up on the motorway.As it was the Marines did find the net four times and, at one stage of the proceedings, led the contest 4-3, before a late salvo of goals from the visitors saw them leave with the points.Ian Mulholland for the Marines, said: "The first match was a learning curve for a lot of players. You could see that Bovey Tracey have played together for seasons.""They were well drilled and certainly 'street wise' to this level of the game. From our point view lots of good points came out of the match and a few not so good. Individual discipline needs to be addressed."Royal Marines AFC Chairman Paul Collinson said: "What a great game for the neutral, not sure I could cope with a season full of this type of game. Having taken the lead at 3-2 it was looking like a positive start to the season against a good Bovey side and at 4-4 it would have still been a good result with so many players unavailable, but the last 15 minutes saw some poor decisions at the back and Bovey capitalised with some clinical finishes and we paid dearly. The 7-4 score line was somewhat flattering but then you have to be there to score. There was plenty of positives to be taken from some individual performances and more work required in areas during training, although I am duty bound to add that, if you score four times at home, you'd expect to bank the points."The Marines were quickly back in action last night (Wednesday), with a game at Okehampton Argyle, and will have had both Richard Hope and Simon Bochenski available for the game.With the hosts having scored six themselves at the weekend more goals were surely on the agenda - we'll bring you news of the game in next week's Exmouth Journal.THE Robins made a good start to the season with a 4-2 win at Crediton United on the opening day of the Peninsula League season.Just two minutes after the game got underway, they were a goal to the good after Neil Pointing's cross in from the right found Danny Hall on the edge of the 18 yard box. Hall executed excellent control and then fired home.The hosts missed a chance to level on seven minutes when Steve Goss headed wide, but a couple of minutes later they did score. A free kick taken by Richard Blake was flicked on for Andrew Rogers to head in at the far post, making it 1-1. The Robins regained the lead on 37 minutes, and it was following a sweet flowing move started in midfield by Ashleigh Barker, who picked out Neil Pointing wide on the right. Pointing advanced before crossing superbly to Danny Williams, who made no mistake from close range.Five minutes into the second half, Tim Bradshaw's telling pass split the Crediton defence, finding Danny Williams who this time turned provider, crossing for Danny Hall to volley in, making it 3-1. Mid-way through the half, Budleigh failed to clear and allowed Rodgers to make it 3-2 from 15 yards but they restored the two goal advantage just five minutes later when a poor back pass to the United keeper put him under pressure. His clearance hit Danny Williams who then calmly stroked the ball to seal a 4-2 win.Joint Boss Julian Philips said: "It was an all round very good performance against a much improved Crediton United side who gave us a few things to think about, especially for a spell in the 1st half when they had come back at 1-1. One of the most pleasing aspects for us was the quality of our finishing which, on the day, was out of the top drawer. Ashley Barker was an inspiration in the centre of the midfield and we also saw competent debuts from Chris Garnsworthy, Kenny Smith and Tim Bradshaw, the latter making the step up from the club's reserve side and showing plenty of promise."Next up is the Greenway Lane meeting with Galmpton Gents on Saturday (3pm). Philips says: "It'll be a tough game, we expect them to be strong but we have got the first game out of the way, put some points on the board and found the back of the net, so we have made the start we wanted, now we need to see some early season consistency."EXMOUTH Town slipped to an opening day defeat in their South West Peninsula League meeting with Buckfastleigh at Southern Road.The visitors claimed the points with a goal 15 minutes from time in a contest that saw the home side put up a promising display with their new-look side.Boss Mike Walsh said: "It was a decent enough performance. We certainly showed a good inclination to want to pass the ball and there was bags of disciplined football all over the park and that augers well for the future. What I did notice is that we are a couple of experienced 'heads' short in the squad. We need a bit of 'nowse' to reinforce the midfield, to complement some very good young players. I have got a few irons in the fire at present and expect something to materialise in the next few days." One such signing looks set to be former Bideford and Dawlish Town player Chris Slough, of whom Walsh says: "He (Slough) is just the sort of person I think the opening game needed from our point of view. "Meanwhile the new man in the Town dugout has also taken on the role of Commercial Manager. Walsh says: "I see the generation of revenue as vital to the well-being and future development of this football club. What I see at Southern Road is a fabulous set up with some great people looking after the club. I'd like to think I can make an impression and certainly intend to give it my all in terms of generating funds and enthusing additional energy around the place. One thing I am very keen to foster is a 'football in the community programme', and away from the 1st team that's a key area for me to focus on."Community football is not something new to Walsh for he was involved in the setting up of what is now a thriving success at Dawlish Town where they have a community programme that recently extended into Newton Abbot. Walsh says: "I see a huge catchment area in and around Exmouth and there's clearly potential for a community project to happen. I'll be looking hard at possible external funding for the project and am keen to get something under way to involve local youngsters as soon as possible.

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