Militarymen off with an opening day defeat
PUBLISHED: 19:47 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:48 11 August 2010
The Royal Marines AFC had no joy in their first ever game in the top flight of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division when they were beaten 3-1 at Endurance Park by St Blazey.
THE Royal Marines AFC made a losing start to life in the Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League on Saturday afternoon.
The Militarymen, who won the Eastern Division at something of a canter last season, were given a harsh welcome to the higher level as St Blazey left Endurance Park with the points after a 3-1 win.
The Cornish side struck first midway through the first half but, within a minute, the home side were level thanks to their dead ball master!
Dan Boere sized up a free-kick, struck it goal wards and the ball took a wicked deflection, wrong footing the visiting keeper and ending up in the back of the net.
St Blazey then scored a second to take a narrow lead into the break.
Second half changes saw the Royal Marines share the possession and, indeed, they did create the better chances with sub George Robinson having a shot superbly kept out by the visitor’s glovesman and then Shae Saunders could not find a finish to match his superb approach play.
Typical of such scenarios, the Cornish side dug deep, weathered the storm and broke down the off-side trap to seal the points with a late third.
Manager Richard Pears said: “We were not at our best and it was a disappointing performance, given how I know the side can perform. It is very much a wake up call as to what is required at this level. Post match my opposite number suggested that there had not been much between the sides, but I felt their greater experience was the key factor on the day. It’s only the first game of the term and we’ll not be pressing any alarm bells just yet!”