DEREK Sweetman believes Holyport reached the performance levels they were hitting at the start of the season in a 4-2 win at Woodley United on Monday.

Port made progress in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy after a victory in the first round tie at the Rivermoor Stadium thanks to a Jonny Feaver brace plus goals from Chris Defranco and Matthew Ensby.

Sweetman praised his side for stepping up their performance after a disappointing display in defeat at Penn & Tylers Green last weekend.

He told the Observer: “You set standards and, when you drop below those levels, only two or three per-cent can make a massive difference, and you do notice it.

“We were disappointed with Saturday so concentrated on getting the cobwebs out our system and got back to basics.

“We had to work hard for it but knew Woodley wouldn’t make it easy for us. It was a tough encounter.

“The boys were a little hungover and feeling sorry for themselves after Saturday, which instigated a slow and sluggish start.

“We said a few encouraging words at half-time and the lads came back to the levels we reached at the start of the season.

“It was a tough encounter to start with but we managed to step up our performance after the weekend. It was a convincing result in the end but we had to work hard for it.”

Sweetman added: “The Senior Trophy has always been one of my favourite competitions. Some turn away from it, but I’ve grown up with it and been involved in finals both as a player and as a manager.

“It’s up there with the league and FA Vase so I would like to have a good run in the competition and will certainly take it seriously.”

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