Holyport's narrow win over Virginia Water was Sweet for manager Derek

Burnham host Holyport on Saturday in what promises to be a big game for both clubs, and with Holyport having found some new year form following their 1-0 win over Virginia Water on Saturday.

Manager Derek Sweetman said it was a well-deserved victory, even though the hosts had to wait until fairly late in the game to get their winner through the increasingly prolific Ashley Hunt.

The dogged, determined victory lifted Port off the bottom of the table for the first time in months and gives them much-needed confidence going into Saturday's local derby at The Gore.

Form is something that's deserted the Blues in recent weeks following their heavy defeats to Abbey Rangers and Hanworth Villa, and Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Wokingham & Emmbrook. They've also parted company with player manager Manny Williams and are slipping back down into the battle at the bottom of the table. Only six points separates 17th placed Port from 13th placed Burnham.

“Saturday was a well-deserved victory,” said Sweetman. “Apart from the first 15 minutes when they could have scored one or two goals, we dominated the game and could have been further ahead.

“Both sides worked hard on a pitch that was quite a challenge, but we were delighted to get the three points.

“Virginia Water are a good side and they put us under pressure early on, but a few tactical changes helped us, and we had opportunities, hitting the post and the crossbar. That's the first time we've had that sort of side available, and there were three or four others who would have been in contention who couldn't make it.”

He added: “There are three leagues in our division. The top six who are the money boys., the middle six who are comfortable and the bottom six like us who are challenging to make sure we stay in the division.

“We should have maybe scored a few more on Saturday but we're not going to be greedy. The boys enjoyed themselves without going mad and we'll be back and ready to play Burnham this weekend.

He added: “We'd like to continue our winning streak but I'm sure that Burnham will feel they can win and go further away from us.

“It’s a big game for both of us. Their last two results haven’t been great, but all we can do is go there and do the best we can.

“If it’s good enough on the day then so be it, if not, we’ll have to go again. We have more confidence in the squad, and we’ve seen that growing. So, it wasn’t a surprise to see us win on Saturday but at the same time it’s just rewards for all the hard work we’ve put in and our attention to detail.”

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