HOLYPORT manager Derek Sweetman believes his side were hungry not to let Aldermaston beat them in a 4-1 Hellenic Subsidiary Cup win on Tuesday, writes Rob Stevens.

Goals from Fabian Driffill and Jonny Feaver gave Port a lead heading into the break at Summerleaze, before Peter Hyndman and Nathan Shamuyrira struck after half-time.

Sweetman told the Observer: "It was a very good performance from the lads, especially in the first-half.

"Aldermaston are a tough side to deal with, especially with the pace they've got, but we were hungry to make sure they didn't scare us.

"We were quite comfortable in the first-half but couldn't push on early in the second. It's difficult to get back to those levels straight away after a little break.

"We made a sluggish start to the second-half and Aldermaston upped their levels to get back into the game.

"They equalised with a very good goal and I'm not disappointed that we conceded it. I'm not going to split hairs when the boys have put in a very good performance.

"We hit them on the counter-attack which helped get two goals and that's pleasing.

"It was a deserved win but we had to work hard because Aldermaston definitely put us under pressure."

Holyport have now won all three matches in the Subsidiary Cup this season and Sweetman is confident Port will progress beyond the group stages.

He commented: "We will take it one game at a time in the cup and it would be nice to qualify.

"The boys are very confident at the moment, playing good football and creating chances. We're scoring goals now which is good because it gives you a chance of winning football matches."

Holyport turn their attention to the Reading Invitation Challenge Cup and a first round tie away at Westwood United from the Thames Valley League this Saturday.

Sweetman knows his side will be the favourites to progress against lower-league opposition, but he insists Port will not take them lightly.

He said: "I've had them watched and they're a good little side that work extremely hard, so we know it will be a battle to win the game.

"There's not a lot between the two divisions. The small difference is a bit of quality and slightly better players.

"The final is at the Madejski Stadium and it would be nice to have a day out, but there's a lot of quality opposition in this competition, so we're going to have to work hard."