Holyport have reached the first round proper in the FA Vase for the first time since the 2012-13 season after a 2-1 win against Fleet Spurs.

Fleet Spurs, from Division One of the Combined Counties League, pulled one back through Vic Mudonhi in the final minute of normal time.

Holyport manager Derek Sweetman told the Observer: “They way the game panned out, the lads put in a terrific shot down to 10-men for an hour. We won the match reasonably comfortably and I’m thrilled to pieces.

“I’m chuffed for the lads having upped their performance from last week.

“We had a look at Fleet Spurs and worked on their weaknesses in training, but you never know when you play a team from another division.

“I told the lads to concentrate on what we do well and hopefully that would get us through.

“We stuck to the gameplan and, to be fair, it was a very comfortable win. It could’ve been by another four or five goals.”

He added: "We've started the season quite well with our goals, picking up some silverware and managing to get the boys back into the first round proper of the Vase.

"We're eight games from the final so we can dream."

Their reward is a first round proper tie away at Ivybridge Town from the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, and Sweetman is disappointed not to have a more local draw.

He joked: “It’s a great little derby and just the 370 miles there and back!

“I’m disappointed that we have to go that far because the competition is supposed to be regionalised at this stage.

“It would’ve been nice to have a local one to get some supporters through the door, but it’s not to be and we can’t moan too much because the competition goes nationwide eventually.

“Ivybridge have just recently turned their fortunes around and could be comfortably sitting in mid-table in a few weeks time.

“Teams in that division are often strong and tough having played a few in the Vase before.

"They're one level above us but it's more like two because of the catchment area. They have the pick of the best player when they come out the levels above, so it's a tough draw."

Holyport return to action in Hellenic Division One East with a trip to Wallingford Town this Saturday (3pm).

Sweetman said: "We're going to have to be at the top of our game because they're another tough side.

"Wallingford tend to blow hot and cold, so hopefully we'll catch them on a cold day and collect some points because we need to put some on the board."

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