Rickard double does for Town as Marines win derby meeting.

PUBLISHED: 09:16 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

THE first Exmouth derby of the new South West Peninsula League season saw bragging rights gained by the Royal Marines AFC as they defeated Exmouth Town 3-1 at Endurance Park.

THE first Exmouth 'derby' of the new South West Peninsula League season saw bragging rights gained by the Royal Marines AFC as they defeated Exmouth Town 3-1 at Endurance Park.

It was the razor sharp finishing of Karl Rickard that proved pivotal in a typically robust derby game.

Town did not start well, but it was they who drew first blood with a goal of real class.

Former Marine's player Ali Sawyer struck a dipping volley into the net and this seemed to give Jody Bolt's side renewed confidence for they began to look much more comfortable on the ball.

Five minutes after the opening goal, Town's Mark Simic was dispossessed by Steve Blurton and he raced clear before passing to Rickard to fire home the equaliser.

There were no further goals through until the break, at which stage both sides will have felt the game was theirs for the taking in the second half.

As it was, it proved to be the Marines who took charge and scored twice to deservedly seal the points.

The lead was gained when the lively Blurton got on the end of a Dan Boere free-kick before heading back across goal to Rickard who smashed it home from close range and then, just past the hour mark, Shea Saunders turned neatly and shot past Town keeper Brian Fardow to complete the scoring.

Town boss Jody Bolt said: "We feel hard done by, especially as, without playing particulary well, we took the lead and I felt we'd take that into the break. The manner of their equaliser troubled us, we felt there had been a push on Mark (Simic). But these things happen. We are playing okay and I am sure that first win is not far away."

On Saturday, Town come up against Galmpton Gents and, in particular, Carl Cliff-Brown who already has two hat-tricks to his name, including one in a 3-2 win over the Marines.

When asked who would be marking Cliff-Brown, Bolt said: "The back four" to which he added: "Mind you, if he (Cliff-Brown) is last man out of the dressing rooms, perhaps I'll have the chance to lock him in there, that would stop him!".

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