11:30AM, Thursday 08 October 2020
Holyport FC came from behind three times to earn a point against Aldermaston on Tuesday night in a match that featured six goals, eight yellow cards, and one red.
In a hotly-contested encounter at Summerleaze, Derek Sweetman’s side found themselves 2-1 down at the break with plenty to do with Jack Alder scoring Port’s only goal.But following an inspiring team talk from boss Sweetman, Port certainly warmed to the occasion with Dan Rapley restoring parity for the hosts once again in the second half.
And despite falling behind for the third time, Port were gifted the chance to salvage a draw with a last minute penalty that was coolly slotted away by Rapley.
“It was a proverbial game of two halves,” said Sweetman.
“We were a little bit off the pace in the first half and we couldn’t really fathom how to beat them. They’ve changed their side from last year and they’re a big and strong outfit.
“We sat down at half-time however, discussed a few points and changed a few things and the second half was a complete opposite from the first. In the end, 3-3 was a fair result and I was happy with the point.”
Having been in contention for promotion last season, Sweetman admits to feeling ‘a little aggrieved’ by the campaign’s premature end due to COVID-19. Now, he has made it his aim to ensure Holyport are fighting for a place in the top four once again this season.
He added: “It’s going to be a long season and I think there are probably another two or three sides that will be in the chase this year.
“I certainly think the top eight will be a real struggle to break in and stay in. But I believe in our chances and it’s definitely our aim to be competing in those places and higher again this year. We will try our hardest to gain promotion.”
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