Royal Marines bag first piece of silverware for 2010/11 campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:18 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 08:18 04 August 2010

Local derby action between the Royal Marines AFC and Budleigh.

Local derby action between the Royal Marines AFC and Budleigh.


Royal Marines AFC Manager Richard Pears described his side's pre-season as excellent after they won the SW Peninsula League Charity Bowl, beating Perranporth 2-0 in the traditional season's opener.

THE Royal Marines AFC won their first piece of silverware under boss Richard Pears on Sunday.

The Militarymen lifted the South West Peninsula League Charity vase and, in doing so, became the first Eastern Division side to get their name on the trophy with a 2-0 win over Perranporth.

The game is a now traditional curtain raiser to the new League season and sees the eastern Division and Western Division Champions from the previous season go head to head.

After a goalless first half the deadlock was broken when a powerful run down the right by George Robinson ended with Martin Finneron scoring and, with a quarter of an hour to go the fleet footed Robinson showed the Cornish back line a clean set of heels before tucking the ball away.

Royal Marines AFC boss Richard Pears, was delighted with his sides all-round performance. The former Exeter City man said: “We played well and it’s probably a well oiled adage but we are precisely where I envisaged we would be with a week to go before the big kick-off. I thought we were strong at the back, inventive and purposeful in the middle third and showed a clinical cutting edge, and genuine pace, in the final third. It was all very encouraging and sets us up well for the opening league game on Saturday.”

That first game for the Militarymen is against another Cornish side, St Blazey of whom Pears says: “They’ll be strong, most of the Cornish sides are and I expect Falmouth, Bodmin and the Saints (St Blazey), to be amongst the biggest threat to the undoubted big Devon two of Buckland Athletic and Plymouth Parkway. We have had a good pre-season, the lads have responded to what I asked of them and I feel we are in great shape. I do like to pairing of Richie Hope and Matt Dawson who, on Sunday, ran the Perranporth back line a merry dance.”

Dan Boere will skipper the side into the new campaign. Pears says: “He (Boer) is a natural leader and a gifted player and it was not a difficult decision to have him as the skipper. One thing I like about the side I have assembled is that we do seem to have leaders all over the pitch and that will stand us in good stead in what I believe is going to be a very competitive League.”

Liam Jones, one of a number of summer signings made by the new boss will keep goal for the side and the back bone of the defence will be what Pears hopes will become a regular quartet of Antony Newton, Wayne Schailer, Dave Caerns and John Crease.

After the opening game at Endurance Park on Saturday, the Military men travel the following Wednesday to face one of Pears, and skipper Dan Boer’s, former side’s, Cullompton Rangers.

For the first time on Saturday, the team will meet for what is to be a regular matchday programme of a pre-match meal for Endurance Park games at Sandy Park, the impressive home of the Exeter Chiefs.

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