HOLYPORT maintained their fine early season form with a 6-0 victory against Cheltenham Saracens in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup first round on Saturday.

A hat-trick from Nathan Shamayria in the first half plus strikes from Sam Whitefield, Luke Dexter and Ben Wall gave Port an easy win at Summerleaze.

Holyport manager, Barry Rake, is confident the result was never in doubt and he believes the club has made a positive start to the new season.

“It was a good win although I expected a harder game,” he told the Observer. “I thought Cheltenham could have been better but maybe they had a few injuries.

“We dominated from the first minute to the last and were never under pressure really. Even before the first goal went in I knew we were on top.

“We were five goals up at half-time and took it easy after. We were comfortable and they never looked like scoring to be honest with you.

“Nathan played well and so did the whole team, there was no star performer.”

Rake continued: “We have played well in every match we’ve had so it has been a positive start. I thought it would be a tough start on paper but to win three out of the four games, I’m happy with that.”

Port have another cup match this Saturday, away to AFC Portchester in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

The hosts compete in the Wessex Premier Division and are managed by Arsenal legend and former Chelsea caretaker boss, Graham Rix.

“I’m sure they’ll be a strong side and we will go there as the underdogs,” said Rake. “However, they might have taken a look at our results and be thinking the same.”

He added: “The league is the most important for me, even when I was a player, but if we can get a cup run then it keeps that momentum going. Every wins keeps the confidence high.”