Roayl Marines AFC - review of 2009 - Title bid on the way in New Year!
PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010
ROYAL Marines AFC top the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division table at Christmas and, to many football followers, that is no surprise. It has been at their Endurance Park home that the Marines have laid the foundations for their assault on the t
ROYAL Marines AFC top the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division table at Christmas and, to many football followers, that is no surprise.
It has been at their Endurance Park home that the Marines have laid the foundations for their assault on the title and a place in next season's Premier Division.
Only two sides, Crediton United and Galmpton Gents, have so far left Endurance park with anything to show for an afternoon in the Marines company.
Six others, Ottery, Totnes and Dartington, Stoke Gabriel, Appledore and, most recently, Budleigh Salterton, have left with nothing.
On the road it has not been so exceptional as they have been beaten three times on opposition surfaces, going down at Galmpton Gents, Stoke Gabriel and neighbours Exmouth Town whist they have claimed maximum points from visits to Exeter Civil Service, Ottery St Mary and Bickleigh.
Another massive weapon in the Marines armoury is their goal count which, heading into Christmas is closing in on 60 for the season in League and Cup.
Next up for the Marines, who unlike many, have the luxury of no game on Boxing Day, is the Christmas Monday trip to Premier Division Saltash United in the Throgmorton Cup.
The trip to the Kimberley Stadium, Saltash, will give the Marines hierarchy a good idea as to what may, or indeed may not, be required for life in the top flight should the promotion dream be realised come next May.
The first month of the New Year sees the Marines travel on four of the five match days with a quartet of League outings and a Devon Premier Cup quarter final at home to fellow Eastern Division outfit, Liverton United.
The League games for the Marines in January start with the visit to Teignmouth Town on the 2nd, they then host Exeter Civil Service the following weekend.
On the 23rd they go to Liverton for that cup game before they end the month with a trip across East Devon to Axminster Town and a game that their new signing, former Tigers player Sam Dibling, will surely relish more than most.