HOLYPORT manager Derek Sweetman has admitted it was a disappointing day all round as his side crashed out of the Hellenic Supplementary Cup after a 4-0 defeat at Malmesbury Victoria, writes Rob Stevens.

A Jamie Packer brace plus a strike from Sam Parker gave Malmesbury from Division One West a clear lead heading into the break at the Flying Monk Ground, before Josh Hughes added a fourth goal late on in the tie.

Port will not retain the Supplementary Cup this season and Sweetman has questioned whether or not the second round tie should have gone ahead on Saturday.

He told the Observer: “The pitch was very ropey but that’s not an excuse because it was the same for both sides.

“It was like a mass of mud really and we’ve picked up a couple of groin injuries so it was a disappointing day all round.

“The damage was done in the first-half really and we never go going after that.

“The lads gave everything they could’ve done but on the day it wasn’t good enough and Malmesbury deserved to win.”

Holyport saw their Floodlit Cup tie at home to Thame Rangers postponed on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch at Summerleaze.

Sweetman commented: “It should have been called off in the first place without us all getting there including the referee, who came from Cheltenham. It was a decision a local referee could’ve made.”

Holyport return to action in Division One East with a trip to AFC Aldermaston this Saturday (3pm).

Port have beaten Aldermaston in their three previous meetings this season but Sweetman admits his injury-ravaged squad will be done to the bare bones.

He told the Observer: “It couldn’t come at a worse time really. Aldermaston will be looking for revenge when we will be patched up, but no doubt we will still give it our best shot.

“We have five players that are out for two or three weeks and that’s quite damaging to us because we don’t have a huge squad.

“One or two others are only available when their work shits allow, so eight or nine have to play regularly and, when you get knocks, it takes a little bit longer to recover.

“The season is relentless and there’s not time to recover, but I’m not moaning and we will sty try to play football."