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Quelch goes from zero to hero as Holyport kick off with Challenge Cup win over Long Crendon

Fabian Driffill fired Holyport in front

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Holyport’s goalkeeper Jake Quelch was the villain turned hero as Derek Sweetman’s side kicked off their season with victory over Long Crendon in the Challenge Cup last night (Tuesday). 

Quelch was at fault for Crendon’s equaliser in the second half, but redeemed himself with a couple of penalty saves as Port won the tie 6-5 in a shoot-out.

Fabian Driffill had earlier given Port the lead from Steven Deverall’s pass and Sweetman felt the visitors should really have killed off the contest before half-time.

They will visit Didcot Town Development in the second round of the competition on August 17.

“I think we shaded it on the night and deserved to go through,” said manager Derek Sweetman. “I thought the result was fair and it was an honest contest. We shaded the first half and they shaded the second. We should probably have put the game to bed with the chances we had in the first half but we didn’t. Jake was disappointed to give the ball away for their goal, but he redeemed himself in the shootout. We missed our first two in the shoot-out so we needed Jake to make a couple of saves for us.

“It was a bit strange to play our first competitive game in the cup, and it was a challenging night with the rain, but it all pans out in the end.”

Chinnor’s withdrawal from the league means Port’s first league game is home to AFC Aldermaston on Tuesday night.

“That will be their fourth competitive game whereas it will be our second,” added Sweetman. “So they’ll be a couple of games ahead of us in terms of fitness. But it’s our first home game and we’re looking forward to it.”

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