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Hellenic League: Holyport FC look fresh in curtain raiser against AFC Aldermaston

Steven Deverall. Credit: www.jonathanbowker.co.uk

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Derek Sweetman says you wouldn’t have known Aldermaston had more game time under their belts as Holyport kicked off their league campaign with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.

Aldermaston came into the contest having already played three league games, but Port matched them for fitness, and goals from Steven Deverall and Fabian Driffill earned them all three points at Summerleaze.

“It was a tough encounter against Aldermaston as you’d expect,” said Sweetman.

“That was their fourth league game and it was only our first so they were a little further down the road in terms of fitness and sharpness.”

But you wouldn’t have known that on the balance of play.

“It was an evenly matched game but I think we created the better chances and took the ones we needed to,” he said.

Port are back in Challenge Cup action at Didcot Town Development on Saturday before visiting Chalvey Sports in the league on Tuesday night.

“We can’t get any momentum at the moment because of the fragmented nature of our league,” said Sweetman.

“Last season we lost three of our first five games so we were chasing right from the start.

“We’ve got Didcot in the cup on Saturday and I’ll probably shuffle my pack for that. But we’ve got a strong squad and those that are on the bench are more than capable of coming on and making an impact or starting for us.

“Then we’ve got Chalvey Sports on Tuesday.

“They’ve started well so that will be a difficult one for us.”

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Marlow United failed to make the most of their first half lead as they went down 4-3 against Woodley United on Tuesday evening.

United suffered a second straight defeat in Hellenic League Division 1 East, despite leading 3-2 at the interval after goals from Chris Hurst, JC Etienne and Charlie Bull.

They then passed up terrific chances to wrap up their first points of the campaign - with Chris Hurst mis-hitting when presented with an opportunity to add a fourth - before Maloney dragged the home side level once more from the penalty spot, and United’s promising performance was well and truly punctured when Joe Sissons gleefully headed home Woodley’s winner with a couple of minutes remaining.

Marlow sit second from bottom in Hellenic League Division 1 East ahead of their clash with Flackwell Heath in the BSC Cup on Saturday, 3pm KO.

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