HOLYPORT manager Derek Sweetman was chuffed to bits with his side after a second consecutive 7-0 win against Abingdon Town in Hellenic Division One East on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.


extended their unbeaten run in the league to fourth matches and have moved up to a healthy fourth position in the table.

Steve Deverall was the star on show at Summerleaze with a hat-trick, while Josh Lowther and Fabian Driffill both scored twice in the first half.


told the Observer: “It was a strange one really because Abingdon turned up with a better squad than the week before, but we played well despite being down to the bare bones.

“We gave three 17-year-old local lads a debut, so to score seven goals, not concede and get the three points is fantastic.

“I’m chuffed to bits with the boys as it was easy as it could’ve been.

“We could’ve scored more goals but had eight players missing and six that would start every week.

“If you take out that many players you would normally struggle, but the boys stuck to the task and played some great football. It was easy enough for us really.”

The Port boss continued: “We’re now into fourth place and won six of our last seven. Despite struggling for players every week, the lads are putting in a magnificent shift.

“We could sneak one more place, which is a tall order but mathematically possible, but if we finish in fourth position I would be very happy.

“We will go chasing third until the end of the season but I won’t be too disappointed if we finish fourth.”

Holyport travel across Berkshire to take on Woodley United this Saturday (3pm).

It will be the fifth meeting between the two sides this season, all of them have come in cup competitions, with Port holding a perfect winning record over their hosts.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to win all four but they’re a difficult side,” said Sweetman. "If you let them play and sit off they're quite capable of turning you over.

"Whatever side we get out we will go full of confidence because we can do no wrong as a group at the moment and long may that continue."