BARRY Rake hopes Holyport will learn from their mistakes after a last-minute 3-2 defeat at Bicester Town on Saturday.

Port suffered a gut-wrenching defeat in the Hellenic Division One East match when conceding the winning goal three minutes into injury time.

Goals from Ricardo Benjamin and Wayne Blossom gave Bicester a clear lead inside 10 minutes at The Playing Fields.

The visitors suffered a blow soon after as their keeper was forced off with injury, but they pulled level when Sam Whitfield and Fabian Driffill netted either side of the half-time interval.

However, Blossom secured the points for Bicester with his late winner leaving Rake disappointed to come away empty handed.

Speaking to the Observer, the Holyport manager said: “I’m disappointed to lose the game after we fought back from being two goals down with our keeper off injured and a centre back in goal.

“When our centre back went in goal I was worried. I thought we could be facing a cricket score but we battled back well.

“I thought it would be a long afternoon for the lads, when you are playing the top of the league and are two goals behind without a keeper.

“But, we pulled a goal back before half-time and in the second half Bicester didn’t look like scoring. They had no real chances and we battled back well.

“Bicester thought they had the win already but didn’t take the chances they should have done for a third goal.”

Rake continued: “There was some naivety at the end and to lose at the death was hard to take. We should have kept the ball in the corners, but crossed it and Bicester went up the other end and scored.

“One or two tried to push for the win and didn’t settle for the point, which should have been the decision in those circumstances.

“It happens sometimes in football, but we will try to keep hold of the ball a bit better in the future.

“We were playing the top of the league but I was disappointed to lose the game. The decision next time will be to take a point.

“There’s no need to go pushing for the win and next time we will learn, but we were still unlucky to lose the game on Saturday.”

The defeat leaves Holyport in sixth position in the league table, but they have the benefit of a short break before their scheduled return to action away at Chinnor on Saturday, November 4 (3pm).

Rake said: "We played Chinnor in the cup and they beat us 2-1 but we had a lot of injuries that night. We're hoping to have those players fit again and it's a match we are looking to win.

"The players have done well but it will be massive to have Paul Rake back and available for the game. He has scored 50 goals in just over two seasons and anyone would miss that ability."

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