09:16AM, Thursday 01 November 2018
Derek Sweetman believes Holyport should be challenging for a top four spot this season after watching his side come from behind to beat leaders AFC Aldermaston.
Port trailed 2-0 in the first half, after a sloppy five-minute spell, but had the presence of mind and the confidence not to let it put them off their stride.
They’d been the better team before conceding and were by far the better side after the interval. When Steven Deverall scored to make it 2-1 after 50 minutes Sweetman said it was a case of when, and not if, they’d go on to win the game.
“We dominated the first 20 minutes and should really have been two or three goals up,” he said.
“We switched off for a few minutes but had a discussion about it at half-time and were able to put things right.
“Once we got that first goal there was only going to be one winner.
“The first goal was the catalyst but we showed great self belief to win the game.”
Port remain firmly lodged in mid-table, but would move level on points with leaders Aldermaston if they won their two games in hand.
Unfortunately the side now faces four cup matches in a row before returning to Hellenic league Div 1 East action.
They host Wokingham & Emmbrook in the Subsidiary Cup this evening (Thursday) before welcoming North Leigh United Reserves to Summerleaze on Tuesday night.
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