Marines’ three-goal cup salvo

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 10 June 2010

ROYAL Marines AFC produced arguably their finest result to date with a 3-0 humbling of Peninsula League Premier Division side Witheridge in the Throgmorton Cup. Against a side managed by former Glasgow Rangers and England under-21 player Chris Vinnicombe,

ROYAL Marines AFC produced arguably their finest result to date with a 3-0 humbling of Peninsula League Premier Division side Witheridge in the Throgmorton Cup.

Against a side managed by former Glasgow Rangers and England under-21 player Chris Vinnicombe, the Militarymen were excellent value for the win, one that came thanks to a three-goal salvo in five, first half minutes.

Chris Duchenski headed the Endurance Park side ahead on 35 minutes and the advantage was doubled when a Shae Saunders corner was headed on by Wayne Shaler for Richard Hope to nod into the net. And it was 3-0 five minutes before the break when Saunders was upended in the area and former Witheridge player Simon Bochenski tucked away the spot kick.

With the contest effectively over at the break, the second half was a somewhat mundane affair but the performance was as impressive as the result and the reward for the Marines is a trip to meet a Saltash United side who are amongst the favourites to lift the Peninsula League Premier title.

Ian Mulholland, the Secretary of the Marines AFC said: "All credit to Manager Jason Margrett and his side. Considering the side was shorn of eight regular players it underlines the strength of squad that we now have. For me, Scott Sampson was outstanding. Given that he had not played for the 1st team before and was asked to step up from the Reserves, he was magnificent. All the way through the side, from goalkeeper James Ashford-Brown to Richy Hope, the lads were tremendous and I'd like to say a congratulations to Si Bochenski for getting his desired goal against his former team-mates."

Next up for the Marines is Saturday's trip to Mid Devon where they will face Bickleigh.

They head for Happy Meadow in what seems, at first glance, a lowly 12th spot in the Eastern Division. However, closer inspection of the league table shows the Militarymen have a game in hand on the current leaders, Appledore, who are only five points better off, in a Division that looks set to be one of the closest at this level of the game.


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