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Holyport win twice in a week after having to adapt to injury woes

Dan Rapley

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Holyport manager Derek Sweetman has said he’s exceedingly happy with the side’s recent run of form, with the side having had to overcome and adapt to their growing injury woes.

A patched up Port side won twice this week, coming from behind to beat Wokingham & Emmbrook 3-2 in the league on Saturday with goals from Fabian Driffill (two) and Andy Forisky.

They then got some revenge over local rivals Marlow United in the Reading Senior Cup, beating them 4-3 on Tuesday with Driffill, Forisky (two) and Daniel Rapley finding the net. Port were beaten by Marlow in the league earlier in the season, their only defeat of the campaign so far.

The Villagers were without regulars Adam Sharp, Chris DeFranco and Paul Woodhouse for both clashes through injury.

Sweetman reflected on the team’s resilience given the circumstances, with players having to fill in in unfamiliar positions.

He said: “We’re struggling with injuries at the moment and we have a few players missing. We’ve had to move full backs around and midfield players into centre-half positions.

“It’s not ideal but the boys have played exceedingly well and adapted well.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult period for us but the lads have done superbly to come away with the best result from both matches.”

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