Andrews thanks Holyport's management team, coaches, players and volunteers

The Holyport chairman Tony Andrews has thanked the club’s management team, coaches and hard-working volunteers following the club’s likely promotion to a new league at step 5 next season.

The restructure of steps 3-5, which will see Port promoted to a new Combined Counties League at step 5 is still to be formally ratified by the FA’s Council, but it now seems all but Holyport will be moving up to play alongside the likes of Windsor and Burnham from next season.

Risborough Rangers and Wokingham & Emmbrook are also set for promotion based on their points-per-game average taken over the previous two campaigns.

Boss Derek Sweetman said last week he was hopeful the club would ‘hit the ground running’ in the new league and was excited to welcome new teams, players and opportunities to Summerleaze.

In a letter to the Advertiser this week, Andrews said: “Holyport FC would like to thank Derek Sweetman, Lee Ovens, Sam Lock and Matthew Rolfe who have worked alongside Dave Jones and Steve Deverall for the past two seasons. Congratulations on the promotion this season. It has been a long two seasons, but we are very grateful to the management and players for their commitment, and it is fantastic they have been rewarded - Well done.

“I would also like to thank Neil McGuiness and Chris Ward in the Reserves, they reformed this season, and they play football the right way, which is great to watch.

“A huge thank you goes out to Richard Tyrell, Dave Jones, Jason Andrews, Richard Harvey, Jay Harvey, Jenny Ovens, Aidan Walters, Brenda and Rumpole who are fantastic volunteers. A thank you to our sponsors and supporters who back us each season, we look forward to seeing you all next season when it is safe to attend.

“Lastly a thank you to Peter Prior of Summerleaze who continues to support us and makes football at Summerleaze possible. Well done everyone, enjoy the break and we will see you in July - hopefully!”

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