Marines assault league

PUBLISHED: 15:36 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

BEN SHEPHERD decided against departing Endurance Park for pastures new, namely to move to Peninsula League Premier Division Cullompton Rangers, to stay with Marines AFC and he certainly underlined his importance to the military side with seven goals

BEN SHEPHERD decided against departing Endurance Park for pastures new, namely to move to Peninsula League Premier Division Cullompton Rangers, to stay with Marines AFC and he certainly underlined his importance to the military side with seven goals in the last two games since that decision to stick around. Shepherd hit a second half treble in the 9-0 demolition of near neighbours Exmouth Town last Wednesday night and followed it up with a four goal haul as the Marines hit eleven, again without reply, on their splendid Endurance Park surface on Saturday afternoon. The derby at Southern Road also marked a very impressive debut and a goal from midweek signing Jase O'Brien who was the Marine Corps' player of the year in 2007 and who made the switch from Premier Division Launceston. Maik Biggs also scored his first goals since completing his move from Barnstaple Town. Biggs scored twice and the other players to find the back of the net were Dan Boere, Scott Howarth and Brian Burnham. Last Saturday they went two better by plundering eleven at their HQ in a game that the team could probably have scored a lot more such was the one sided nature of the contest. For the record the scorers against Ottery were Shepherd (4), Boere (2), Howarth (2), Biggs, Richie Hope and Ali Sawyer. So twenty goals, two clean sheets, six points, and suddenly, with new men on board, quality players too, the Marines AFC look set to take the Eastern Division by storm. There will indeed be much bigger fish to fry for, with the greatest of respect to Town and the Otters, both are having desperate seasons to date, but that goal count is impressive and it also saw the Marines become the first team to net a half century of goals in the Divison to date.This weekend they go to Teignmouth Town for a Devon Premier Cup game.

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