Marines AFC record a Christmas Number One!

PUBLISHED: 09:37 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

ROYAL Marines AFC went to the top of the South West Peninsula League when they won the East Devon derby meeting with Budleigh at Endurance Park, beating Budleigh Salterton 2-0, thanks to goals from Simon Bochenski and Martin Finneron, writes Steve Birley.

ROYAL Marines AFC went to the top of the South West Peninsula League when they won the East Devon derby meeting with Budleigh at Endurance Park, beating Budleigh Salterton 2-0, thanks to goals from Simon Bochenski and Martin Finneron, writes Steve Birley.

The highlight of a goalless first half was a stunning save by Robins' keeper Chris Wright to deny Carl Little.

The deadlock was broken shortly after the re-start when Finneron got away on the left before delivering a superb cross to the far post that was powerfully headed home by Bochenski.

The Robins were unlucky not to be back on level terms when the lively Danny Williams broke clear of his marker, but his shot was cleared off the line by Ben Clay.

Fifteen minutes from time, victory was sealed for the home side when Finneron, who had a fine game throughout, created space for himself before rifling the ball into the net from just outside the penalty area.

The home side also gave a debut to former Axminster Town striker Sam Dibling, who quickly settled into his new surroundings with a promising first performance for the military men.

The win takes the Marines to the top of the table and that means that, on Christmas Day 2009, Royal Marines AFC will sit top of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division in what is only their second season in the League.

The signing of Sam Dibling could prove to be the pivotal one of the campaign.

Dibling had a superb season last year for Axminster Town and, at the start of this season, had been playing in East Dorset village football before the Sector Lane outfit persuaded him to return to the Tigers. A fleet-footed striker, Dibling is a creator of goals, as well as being pretty lethal in front of goal himself and he should add seriously meaty fire power to an already awesomely strong front line at Endurance Park.

The Boxing Day fixture list has been kind to the Marines who can sit back and see how everybody else performs whilst also saving their energy for a Throgmorton Cup tie at Premier Division Saltash on Monday December 28.

The Cornish side went out of the FA Vase after winning three rounds and also did very well in this season's FA Cup but in their League programme they have faltered in recent months.

They drew 1-1 at Penzance last midweek and were denied action last weekend owing to a frozen pitch at scheduled hosts Elburton Villa.

Prior to the draw with Penzance, they had lost three on the spin losing League games at Torpoint and St Blazey 2-1 and also going out of the FA Vase by the same score line at the hands of Western League Premier Division outfit Bristol Manor Farm.

Read a report in next week's Exmouth Journal.

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