HOLYPORT manager Barry Rake believes that their improved form this season is down to having a settled keeper.

Port had to keep on switching the man with the gloves last term but a more regular keeper this season has helped them to fifth position in Hellenic Division One East.

A 2-2 draw with Didcot Town Reserves on Saturday means Holyport are unbeaten in their last three league matches, and Rake wants his team to continue their fine run until the end of the season.

Speaking to the Observer, he said: “We’ve got into a bit of form and things are going well. We’re unbeaten against the top sides in recent weeks and it definitely helps having a settled keeper this season.

“We lost a few games by the odd goal last season so it helps to have a settled keeper and a big squad.

“I’m hoping to push on and continue this form until the end of the season, and there’s no reason why we can’t.

“We’ve played a few games more than anyone else so I would be happy to finish around where we are at the moment this season.”

Didcot Town Reserves are a hoodoo side for Holyport as they have now not got the better of them in four seasons after a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Goals from Alexander Marshall and Ross MacDonald gave Didcot a clear lead at Summerleaze, but Paul Rake pulled one back for Port before half-time.

Alert Marques rescued a point with his equalising goal after 81 minutes to leave Holyport fifth in the table.”

Rake said: “We started off okay but then for 20 minutes we didn’t play as well as we can and found ourselves two goals behind.

“So to draw I’m not too disappointed with really, we have to take that.

“Conditions were tough with all the rain coming down and it was difficult to play football.

“A draw was fair because we came out and started the second half the better, but Didcot had the better of the first half.

“We’ve not beaten Didcot in four years so I thought he we go again and in the end it was a good point.”

Holyport are away to bottom of the table Henley Town this Saturday (3pm) but Rake is taking nothing for granted.

He commented: “It definitely looks a good opportunity on paper but Henley have lost a few games by only the odd goal.

“I will rotate the squad a little and give others the chance because you’ve got to keep everyone happy."

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