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Holyport FC still hopeful of promotion challenge but mounting injuries will make it tough

Derek Sweetman had no qualms about his side’s most recent defeat, a 4-0 Subsidiary Cup loss at Malmesbury Victoria two weeks ago, but – against a backdrop of mounting injuries – he’s still hoping to launch a promotion challenge.

No one looks capable of catching runaway Hellenic League Division 1 leaders Burnham, who’ve moved 15 points clear of their closest challengers at the top.

But Holyport remain in the mix for second place – and a possible promotion spot – sitting as they do five points off AFC Aldermaston who currently sit second. They also have games in hand over some of the sides above them.

“Burnham have been the best side so far by some distance,” said Sweetman.

“But after that you’ve got five or six teams in the mix for second. We feel we’ve got one of the best footballing sides in the division but with the injuries we’ve got it’s going to be very tough.

“If we can break into the top three that would be amazing. Only time will tell if we can get second. Would it be enough for promotion?

“We’d have to wait to see who goes up, who goes down and who’s moved sideways.”

On Saturday they get back to league action at sixth placed Wokingham & Emmbrook.

“We’ve been a bit up and down of late with injuries taking their toll,” added Sweetman. “But the games against Wokingham this season have all been very entertaining with some good football played.

“They’re a difficult side to play against.

“We’ve drawn with them 0-0 and 3-3 and beat them 2-1 in the cup.

“I’m sure it will be nip and tuck again.

“I’ve no qualms about the Malmesbury Victoria game.

“They took their chances and we didn’t take ours so we’ve got no complaints.”

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