Marines march towards the summit

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 10 June 2010

ROYAL Marines moved to within two points of the Eastern Division leaders with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Appledore.

ROYAL Marines moved to within two points of the Eastern Division leaders with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Appledore.

The military men have turned their Endurance Park home into something of a fortress this season.

Saturday's clinical despatching of the North Devon visitors made it a straight seven home games this term without defeat at their HQ.

Ross Hoyland was the star of the show with a hat-trick and Shae Saunders rifled one in to complete the scoring.

The scoring was launched when a Richie Hope shot cannoned back to Hoyland, who made no mistake, and he doubled his tally five minutes later to take the Marines into the break leading 2-0.

A superb passing move involving Ben Woolley, Simon Bochenski and Dan Boere, ended with Boere releasing Hoyland, who ran on to score his hat-trick goal.

The Fishermen got one back from the penalty spot before a Hope pass set up Saunders to complete the scoring and seal a most impressive 4-1 win.

Once again, the approach play from the Marines was exceptional and, on this form, the only problems they may have between now and a glorious end to the campaign will come from availability and their players being required for other duties!

The most impressive thing about the Marines this season has been their goal count.

The four on Saturday against Appledore takes them to 54 from 17 League and cup games this season, meaning the military men are currently averaging three goals a game!

The Marines sit 5th in the latest table with leaders, Galmpton Gents, a brace of points away.

Next up is Saturday's derby meeting with Budleigh at Endurance Park (2.15pm), but they will be wary of the fact that the last time they were beaten in a League game was the derby with Exmouth Town in early October.

After Saturday's derby game with the Robins, the next outing for the Marines will be the December 28 Throgmorton Cup tie at Premier Division Saltash as they seek a last eight berth in what is effectively the Peninsula League, League Cup.

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