Militarymen pay the penalty

PUBLISHED: 18:04 26 January 2011

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ROYAL Marines AFC boss Richard Pears was understandably delighted with his charges after they shared the spoils with high flying Plymouth Parkway.

The Miltarymen might even have inflicted a rare defeat on the visiting side that sit second in the South West Peninsula League, Premier Division, table.

Indeed, had the usually clinical Dan Boere not spurned a first half penalty, then the Endurance Park side would have gone into the break with a 3-1 lead and, from that position, might well have gone on to claim all three points.

The visitors took the lead in the tenth minute with a shot from the edge of the area but the home side stormed back and were deservedly on level terms thanks to Dan Fox.

It got better for the Militarymen on the half hour when John Crease scored, after being sent clear by Stu Morgan.

With half-time looming the lively Morgan was hauled down in full flight. Up stepped Dan Boer who has made a name for himself with his quality at set piece delivery, but his well driven shot cannoned back off the cross bar.

The miss was to come back to haunt the hosts as Parkway levelled with twenty minutes remaining, scoring fro close range after the ball had ricocheted round the Royal Marines penalty area.

Pears said: “We played very well and certainly did enough to have emerged with all three points. Now we need to see a repeat of this type of display to create real consistency in our play.”

This weekend the Militarymen head down the Devon Expressway to take on Ivybridge Town who they drew 1-1 with in their September meeting at Endurance Park.

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