HOLYPORT manager Derek Sweetman is hoping to recreate history with the Port and take them into the first round proper of the FA Vase.

Port welcome Fleet Spurs from the Combined Counties League to Summerleaze in the preliminary round today (Saturday, 3pm).

Sweetman was in charge when the club last reached the first round proper in the 2012/13 season, and explained the experience is invaluable to a career in football.

He told the Observer: "It would be brilliant to reach the first round proper and nice to recreate it for the club on a personal note.

"Some players haven't gone this far, so it's new territory for them and great to sample that feeling.

"The FA Vase is a real chance to play some good sides at this level and brings everyone alive.

"The further you go the more excited and experienced you get, which is invaluable for your football career."

Sweetman added: "The prize money has been increased for both the winning and losing sides in the early rounds, so you can bring much-needed finances into the club."

Fleet Spurs travel to Summerleaze currently second from bottom in Division One of the Combined Counties League having lost all six of their opening matches.

Sweetman commented: "We've had them watched and know they're a hard-working side that have only been beaten by the odd goal in their last four or five games.

"Fleet look good going forward but might not have been as string defensively as they would've wanted to be in recent matches.

"Both leagues are at the same level but the Combined Counties League can be more physical whereas the Hellenic League is more football based.

"We hope to find their weaknesses and use that to our advantage, but it's likely to come down to who wants it more on the day and who has that little bit of luck.

"I expect a tough encounter and we will not take anything lightly as some sides are just getting going this season."

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