Marines close in on leading pair.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

ROYAL Marines AFC moved to within five points of the top two in the Peninsula League Eastern Division when they battled treacherous conditions and a much improved Ottery St Mary side to claim a 3-2 win.

ROYAL Marines AFC moved to within five points of the top two in the Peninsula League Eastern Division when they battled treacherous conditions and a much improved Ottery St Mary side to claim a 3-2 win.

After the almost weekly occurrence of battling to field a side owing to exercises, camp duty and call ups to the Royal Navy side, Marines' boss, Jason Margrett, travelled with a decent enough looking side and they produced an excellent performance in what were appalling conditions.

Simon Bochenski bagged a brace and there was one from the cultured boot of Dan Boere, but the Otters, a vastly changed side than the one the military men mauled in the first week of the new season, twice levelled and then went mighty close to a third equaliser after Boere's goal had put the Marines in front for the third time in the game.

Chris Duchenski was the powerhouse in the midfield engine room and deservedly earned the post match plaudits as the game's outstanding individual. With a number of other Eastern Division games hit by the weather the three points take the Marines up to 6th spot, just a couple of points behind new leaders Galmpton Gents.

The attention now turns back to Cup competitions for the Marines and Saturday's Endurance Park meeting with fellow Eastern Division outfit Newton Abbot Spurs in the 4th Round of the Graddon Vending, Devon Premier Cup.

In terms of the respective sides' League form, the Marines remain unbeaten at home after six matches, whilst Saturday's visitors have already shipped six goals at both Ottery St Mary and Stoke Gabriel, but have put five past Bickleigh on their travels.

At stake is a place in the last eight of a prestigious competition and, as long as boss Margret can field something close to his best side, East Devon will have two representatives in the Quarter Final draw next Monday morning with Budleigh and Exmouth also meeting on Saturday

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