Howarth signs off as Hope seals it

PUBLISHED: 13:34 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

ROYAL MARINES AFC: SCOTT HOWARTH made his final appearance of the year for Royal Marines AFC as he is all set to spend time in Australia and he certainly left the side with something to remember him by.

ROYAL MARINES AFC: SCOTT HOWARTH made his final appearance of the year for Royal Marines AFC as he is all set to spend time in Australia and he certainly left the side with something to remember him by.

With hosts Alphington two goals to the good, it may well have been more but for the excellent James Ashford-Brown in the Marines' goal, Howarth headed home star man Adam Fowler's excellent cross at the far post to start what proved to be a superb come back as the military men won their fourth consecutive game by the odd goal in five.

Howarth also marked his final game with a fifth yellow card of the season, although when his automatic ban comes through under the totting up system he is likely to be enjoying the surf on an Australian beach!

With Howarth having reduced the deficit, it was left to Maik Biggs to rattle in an equaliser and three minutes later Richard Hope applied the finish to another good team move to seal the 3-2 win.

Marines AFC assistant boss Jason Margrett said: "We went into the game with what I think is probably our strongest starting line-up to date this term. The 1st half display was very ordinary but after the break we got our act together and played as this team can. I am not one for statistics and I certainly don't condone talking up teams and so I'd say we are nicely placed. The fact we have turned a losing situation into one where we banked another three points speaks volumes for the character in the side. But there's still work to be done and although its a well worn football cliche we do need to take each game as it comes. Of course we are setting targets and at this stage it's a top six berth. As and when that materialises we'll take stock and set a new mark."

Things then are looking good in the Marines' camp with those four straight wins and they will be confident of a fifth successive victory when they face 2nd from bottom Liverton on Saturday.

It may well be that a couple of new faces will be in the squad. Assistant boss Margrett though is not one for assuming anything in the game, he says: "I don't believe there are any 'easy' games in this league, you simply need to take in last weekend's results to grasp that one and we will have to be very careful that we do not take Liverton lightly. We'll hopefully have a couple of new faces on board in the midweek training session and then we'll set the side up ready and able to take on the next set of opposition, but, for sure, you have to earn the right to be successful and we need to keep working hard."

For those who are not aware the Marines AFC have an excellent website and on it is a forum where they carry all the very latest news.

See for yourself at www.royalmarinesfootball.co.uk

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