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Rake leaves ahead of new season

Barry Rake says he has made the right decision at the right time after he surprisingly stood down as manager of Holyport.

Former Maidenhead United player Rake is taking a break from the game, something he has not done for decades.

“My son Paul (who plays for Holyport) has a new job in London and he won’t be able to train or play midweek, and I could see this being an issue down the road, selecting a player who’s my son who isn’t training,” he said.

“Secondly, for the first time in years, I didn’t have the buzz to come back.

“It started at the end of last season and, with the timing of Paul’s new job, now seemed the right time to make the decision.

“It’s the first time since I was six that I haven’t been involved in football, either as a player or manager. Making this call was not easy and it feels quite strange at the moment.”

He said there was no fallout with the club, which he

described as ‘fantastic’.

He added: “I agonised over the decision and I will miss it.

“But to give 100 per cent to the club I had to be 100 per cent in my mind, and I wasn’t.”

Matt Rolfe will take temporary charge of the Hellenic League Division 1 East side, with Lee Ovens and Steve

Deverall assisting.
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Holyport will share their Summerleaze Park ground with Hellenic League Division 2 East side Langley FC this season.

The agreement will cover all of Langley's 1st team home matches.

Langley’s ground is currently being redeveloped.

There is an option for extend the agreement beyond one season.

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The Hellenic League has announced that Holyport had the third best record for avoiding postponing matches last season.

A club spokesman said: “This is testament to the work that goes on behind the scenes by the dedicated team of Dave Jones and Jason Andrews.

“Many hours go into maintaining the pitch with limited resources, the majority is done by hand or a basic rotary mower.”

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