Royal Marines chalk up eleventh straight success.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:43 10 June 2010

ROYAL Marines AFC chalked up an eleventh successive victory with a 4-2 win at Axminster Town.

ROYAL Marines AFC chalked up an eleventh successive victory with a 4-2 win at Axminster Town.

There was an element of farce about the opening goal in as much as many at the Sector Lane home of Axminster Town thought a free-kick had been awarded for a foul on a Royal Marines player and the set-piece seemed to be taken quickly but the referee brought the play back, awarded a penalty and Simon Bochenski thumped the spot kick home.

The hosts clearly let what they felt an injustice get to them, and that was the cue for the Militarymen to effectively win the game in the following 15 minutes as they scored twice more through Sam Dibling - against his former team - and Shae Saunders.

The Tigers pulled one back from a penalty of their own before the break, and did get back to 3-2 before Dan Boere pounced on a goalkeeping error to finish off the hosts late in the game.

Axminster Town boss Ray Self has now joined the growing band of Royal Marines AFC admirers saying: "They are a mighty powerful side, their attack has to be worthy of a level - or two - higher. I would suggest that the back line is one of those that, based on what we saw on Saturday, you can get at. However, they strike me as the sort of side that says if the opposition is going to score one, they'll find the gears needed to get two. They will surely be involved in the mix at the end of the season."

It was so nearly an even better weekend for the Royal Marines as leaders Stoke Gabriel needed an added time winner to see off Crediton United.

Next up for the Endurance Park side is a visit from Teignmouth Town on Saturday and the hosts will start the match in 4th, seven points behind Stoke Gabriel who have played three games more.

Meanwhile the Royal Marines now know that they will play their Devon Premier Cup semi-final at the home of the County FA, Coach Road, Newton Abbot.

They will face Western Division Plymstock United who, on Saturday, came back from 2-0 down to share the spoils with Porthleven, on Friday, February 19 at 7.30pm.

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