HOLYPORT manager Derek Sweetman insists his side can be a match for anyone in Hellenic Division One East this season if they can believe in themselves, writes Rob Stevens.

Port showed great character to recover from falling two goals behind to beat league leaders Aldermaston 3-2 at Summerleaze on Saturday.

Two goals in the first-half from Lemar Maycock gave Aldermaston a clear lead heading into the break, before a Steve Deverall brace plus an Adam Sharp strike secured the points for the home side after half-time.

Sweetman told the Observer: "I thought we dominated the first 20-25 minutes but two minutes after that we were two goals down which was a bit of a shock.

"We were good before then but we switched off a little bit and conceded some sloppy goals.

"We should have been two goals ahead after 20 minutes and when we were two down people might have thought it was over with, but once we equalised there was only one side going to win on the day.

"The boys are learning all the time and, when they believe in their capabilities, we're a match for anyone in our league on any given day."

He continued: "If you beat anyone above you it's always a good sign and proves that you're capable of matching the bigger and better teams.

"Obviously I'm pleased and it'll be huge for our confidence after a couple of defeats as the boys had started to doubt themselves a little bit. Hopefully we've reversed that now.

The win means Holyport have moved up to eighth position in the league table.