Marines sweep up Ashes and book a Throgmorton Cup last eight berth.
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:31 10 June 2010
ROYAL Marines AFC underlined just why many pundits see them as a South West Peninsula League Premier Division outfit in waiting when they travelled to top flight side Saltash United, beat them 2-1 and booked a place in the last eight of the Throgmorton Cu
ROYAL Marines AFC underlined just why many pundits see them as a South West Peninsula League Premier Division outfit in waiting when they travelled to top flight side Saltash United, beat them 2-1 and booked a place in the last eight of the Throgmorton Cup.
The Military men were once again solid and resolute in defence, combative, creative and industrious in midfield and sharp, fleet-footed and ruthless up front as they put to the sword a side who have graced both the FA Cup and FA Vase this season, beating higher opposition sides on the way.
Stuart Morgan and Simon Bochenski will grab the headlines as the glory boys who netted the goals, but this was a contest in which each and every one of the Marines side can take a big bow for a job most certainly well done.
Karl Little was superb between the posts for the Marines and made a number of excellent saves but, for all the undoubted quality in the Saltash ranks, it was the greater team spirit and all round collecitve play from the Military men that, quite rightly, saw them to victory.
The hosts goal did not arrive until the 96th minute and was far too little, much too late, to influence the outcome.
In the draw for the quarter finals, the Marines could not have asked for any more when they were drawn out of the hat to play at home to fellow Eastern Division side Alphington, who put out Crediton United on Monday thanks to a brace of goals from former Budleigh Salterton striker Kenny Smith.
The Marines now turn their attention back to the Eastern Division campaign and Saturday's trip to mid-table Teignmouth Town.
On Boxing Day, the Marines lost top spot in the table owing to them not playing and Stoke Gab riel winning their game.
The Marines have yet to meet Teignmouth this term, but they will find the South Devon side a hard nut to crack for just two of the eight sides to visit Teignmouth this season have come away with victories, those being Exeter Civil Service and Stoke Gabriel.