Militarymen beaten again.

PUBLISHED: 15:49 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 18 August 2010




The Royal Marines AFC slipped to a third successive early season defeat when beaten 3-1 by Penzance at Endurance Park

A THIRD straight early season defeat does not mean that there is a crisis at the Royal Marines AFC.

However, the Endurance Park side do need to bank that first win soon (they may well have done last night in the home meeting with Bovey Tracey), so that confidence can be restored.

For a side that won the Eastern Division with something to spare last season, defeats to St Blazey, Cullompton Rangers and Penzance merely serve to prove that there is quite a gulf between the eastern Division and the top flight.

Saturday’s Endurance Park 3-1 defeat at the hands of Penzance seemed to underline just what is missing at the moment for the Militarymen - good fortune!

As they had experienced in a midweek 2-0 loss at Cullompton rangers - one of Royal Marines boss Richard Pears’ previous sides - the Militarymen were unable to find a goal when their periods of dominance and good ball retention demanded.

It was Pears who fired his side ahead before the Cornish side levelled before the break and the visitors bagged a second half brace to leave with the points.

Pears said: “We matched them in every department, especially in a dominant first half showing. At 1-0 we were looking good and playing some nice football, only for them to get back into the contest via what I’ll call a sloppy goal. We repeated that footballing offence after the break and that put us on the back foot.”

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