BARRY Rake believes Holyport produced their best performance of the season to beat Headington Amateurs 1-0 on Saturday.

Port have not had the rub of the green at times but had their fair share of luck at the Horspath Sports Ground where Headington were denied a late penalty kick.

However, Nathan Shamiyiro returned from injury to come on as a substitute and win the game for Holyport, and it is a deserved three points according to Rake.

The Port boss told the Observer: “It was a best performance of the season. We played well, defended well and deserved the win.

“We’ve been unlucky on a lot of occasions but it all went for us as they should have had a penalty in the last 10 minutes, but for once it went in our favour.

“Even our players stopped but the referee waved play on. I couldn’t believe it but I was happy as we’ve not had the rub of the green all season with decisions. It’s about time we had one in our favour.

“We played really well and I’m happy because it was a tough away game for us. It would have been harsh had we drawn because we defended well and looked good on the break.

“It’s good for our confidence and moves us a bit closer to the others teams with games in hand.

“We should have been one goal up at half-time but held firm when they came at us and got our goal with 15 minutes to go.

“We could have got another so it was a deserved win in the end.”

Despite the win, Holyport stay second from bottom in Hellenic Division One East but are now a single point behind Wokingham & Emmbrook in 12th place.

And, with a little more luck, Rake is confident Port can start to climb the league table in 2017.

He said: “We’ve got no game for two weeks now which is not ideal and a nuisance because I wanted to play straight away.

“We want to push on up the table and get into a position that we deserve to be in because we’ve been very unlucky in so many games.

“We’ve lost six by the odd goal so could have had a lot more points on the board.”