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Holyport get the job done - 29 March

Last weekend Holyport produced the goods again as they beat Abingdon Town 7-0 for the second time in the space of seven days. Writes Danny Varsalona in the Windsor & Eton Express.

Derek Sweetman’s men took nothing for granted as they produced a professional performance to move up to fourth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League One East as Fabian Driffill hit a hat-trick, while Josh Lowther and Steven Deverall both scored braces in the win.

“They were stronger than they were last week,” said Sweetman. “I think they made six or seven changes to their line-up but the boys played well. We scored seven and again we probably could have had a few more but that’s nit picking really. It was a really good performance.”

Despite the win, it seems like Port cannot avoid injuries at the moment and that was no different on Saturday as Alan Akerman picked up a knock. “Alan has an ankle injury, but it doesn’t look like a long one so that’s good,” added Sweetman. “I think we had seven missing on Saturday but on the flip side we gave three 17 year olds their debuts off the bench, two lads from Ascot and one from Maidenhead. They came in and I thought they played well, really pleased with their progression, so a big thanks to Ascot and Maidenhead.”

Swetman’s injury-hit squad do not seem to be letting it affect their performances as they kept yet another clean sheet en-route to picking up another three points. “We’ve won six out of our last seven games and considering the amount of players we’ve had injured that impressive,” said Sweetman. “I couldn’t ask for any more out of the players.”

Port will want to keep that run going as they visit familiar opponents in Woodley United tomorrow. The two sides have met four times already this season, but this will be the first league meeting between the two teams this season. “It’s a funny one really – we’ve played them four times this season and none of them have been in the league.” Sweetman said. “We beat them all four times with varied score lines and they are not on the best run at the moment .Not many games are a given in this league - so I’m expecting a tight game.”


Pro's & Con's Of Cups - 25 January

derek sweetman hellenic league holyportHolyport manager Derek Sweetman has explained the pros and cons of cup football as he prepares to take his side to Malmesbury Victoria in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup. Writes Rob Stevens in the Windsor Observer.

Port are the current holders of the Supplementary Cup and the trip to the Flying Monk Ground is a welcome distraction to their league campaign. However, Sweetman (pictured) does have concerns over injuries ahead of the second round tie, and he insists the priority remains to improve upon their position in Division One East.

He told the Observer: "Any cup competition that you're in at this stage of the season gives you a chance and a little bit of hope. We're still in a few, which is good to turn your focus away from the league, but it's also relentless. It's good if you can keep your players fit but, when you have little niggles or injuries, it doesn't give them time to recover fully and you face losing people to longer-term problems. We have four or five that aren't at 100 per-cent and could've done without a match, but it's also not a bad thing because everyone would rather play than not play. It's another cup game this Saturday but our priority is to finish above fifth place in the league. We want to push closer to the top three and prepare for another relentless season next year. It's all about giving 100 per cent week-in-week-out over 24 league matches and not five or six cup games."

Malmesbury are currently in fourth position in Division One West and on a six-match winning streak in all competitions that has seen them score 29 goals and concede just twice. Sweetman commented: "Malmesbury have got the leading goalscorer in the league and three of the top strikers in their division, so they score goals for fun. It's going to be a trip to the other side of Swindon and we don't know too much about them other than they play at the same level as us just in a different area. We will have to be on our game and have one or two injuries at the moment. We will assess them in the week and hopefully put out a strong side to try and turn them over. It's also an opportunity to blood in one or two that haven't had many minutes recently."

Division Two East Stokenchurch await the victors.


Chance To Move Up Table - 8 January

Holyport make the journey to Thame Rangers tonight knowing that a win will leapfrog the side to third place (on goal difference), this shows how tight the league is apart from Burnham who have a heathy lead at the top.

A full squad will travel to the ASM Stadium and after the battling performance their will be some selection headaches for the management tonight.

Jonny Feaver will be missing for the long term as he is required to have tests on his knee after an injury sustained during the game against Penn & Tylers Green. On the plus side Andy Frisky will be back in February after 6 months coaching in China.

Squad from: Rapley, Dreiffill, Lowther, Deverall, Akerman, Ovens, Masters, Sharp, DeFranco, Ensby, Quelch, Hydnman, Whitfield, Evans, Adams, Bradley.


Time To Bounce Back - 10 December

After losing to Didcot Town Development on Saturday Holyport have the chance to bounce back with a visit to Wokingham & Emmbrook tonight.

To say an improvement is expected after Saturday is an understatement, the mood in the camp after the game was good to see, as players knew they had under performed and they were reminded of the losing feeling after being on such a good run.

The defeat was harsh as a 0-0 draw would have been fair, both keepers only had two saves a piece to make during the game. But it was the lacklustre nature of Port's performance that hurt.

Tonight will see some changes to the squad as those that have waited patiently will get their chance. It should be a good game on the Astro at Bracknell Town, both sides like to play football as was evident in the 3-3 draw at Summerleaze around one month ago.

Squad: Quelch, Ensby, masters, Adams, Evans, Brown, Shamayirira, Hyndman, Whitfield, Ovens, Feaver, Driffill, Deverall, DeFranco, Sharp


Chuffed With Performance - 7 December

Holyport manager Derek Sweetman is chuffed with their performance in the 3-0 mid week One East win against Thame Rangers. Writes Rob Stevens in the Royal Borough Observer,

Thame travelled to Summerleaze unbeaten in the league but two goals from Fabian Driffill plus an own goal saw Port claim all three points. Holyport have now won their last six matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in eight, plus they have now kept three consecutive clean sheets.

Sweetman told the Observer: "I wouldn't say Thame under-estimated us but they expected to win, so I'm very proud of the boys and very pleased with the performance they put in. It was a bit of a battle because Thame are a physical outfit and very dogged. They were unbeaten in the league up until Tuesday and deservedly so by all accounts. I watched them last weekend and worked out their weaknesses. The lads worked perfectly for us in our game plan and maybe we could've scored another couple of goals.

"We need to take our chances. After 20 minutes we could've been two goals ahead and maybe made life a little bit easier for ourselves. Thame had opportunities and could have taken one at least, but overall I'm chuffed with our performance and it was as comfortable as it could've been really. We were better all-round than them. We were quicker and probably technically better, plus we could mix it up when we had to as well.

"The pitch wasn't great for free-flowing football so we rolled up our sleeves and dug in. We managed the conditions better than Thame but they're a tough side to play against. Their heads dropped after the second goal and we picked them off. We could've added another couple but I'm chuffed because Thame don't get beat that often."

Their fine form has won Port the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One Team of the Month for November and seen them move up to fourth position in the table.

Sweetman commented: "The target at the start of the season was to finish above fifth place and hopefully nick some silverware. There's still a long way to go but it's not impossible to carry on winning games. We're looking to try and progress and if we can finish in the top four that would be an improvement on last season."

Holyport welcome Didcot Town Development to Summerleaze tomorrow looking to complete a hat-trick of wins over their visitors this season. Sweetman said: "Didcot are a young, fit and energetic side and you have to match them. They're on a decent run but so are we. It will be tough if the game does go ahead. The pitch was very heavy in midweek and, with more rain forecast, there might be a doubt. If it's on then the elements will play a big part, but we proved in midweek that we can deal with that side of things as well."


Holyport Can Improve On Finishing - 1 December

derek sweetman hellenic league holyportHolyport put five goals past Chinnor without reply to move up to seventh position in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East on Saturday. Writes Rob Stevens in The Royal Borough Observer.

Port boss Derek Sweetman (pictured) told the Observer: “It was a good result against a very dogged side that came with a gameplan to sit deep and frustrate us. It took us a while to come to terms with that and we nearly paid the price just before half-time when our keeper made a decent save. To be fair, Chinnor set their stall out from the first minute to not allow us any space. We can improve on our finishing which sounds stupid but it could have been a little bit more comfortable. We could have finished them off earlier. Only one side looked like winning but we all came away feeling a little disappointed because we could have got a decent score. I am happy that we scored five goals but more disappointed that we wasted chances beforehand to get a bigger scoreline.”

Holyport extended their winning streak with a 6-0 win in the Hellenic Division One Subsidiary Cup against AFC Aldermaston on Tuesday. Sweetman commented: “It’s another one of those where we should be really happy but we created a lot of early chances and did not take them We did not look like getting beat but I want the boys to be more clinical in front of goal. It sounds disrespectful to Aldermaston but it was not the strongest side they have got in their ranks. We are creating chances but against the better sides you have to take them when they come. It sounds ridiculous but I want the boys to be better and we are working extremely hard at it. I want to be completely ready for the challenge against the better sides in the division because there won’t be as many chances then.”


'Port Welcome Table Toppers - 27 October

After a few days rest Holyport are back in action at Summerleaze, welcoming division leaders AFC Aldermaston who with a wealth of Hellenic Premier level experience in their ranks, and will be a tough side to take anything from.

This season Port have raised their game when required and it is hoped after a disappointing Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy defeat that we will see an improved display today.  A few faces are back in the squad with Rapley and Feaver returning. 

The full squad is Ensby, Masters, Sharp, DeFranco, Evans, Ovens, Whitfield, Feaver, Wright, Rapley, Adams, Drake, Deverall, Stone.

Driffill and Quelch will undergo fitness tests before the game to deem if they are ok to take park in the game.


Sandhurst Berks & Bucks Cup - 23 October

Holyport welcome Sandhurst Town to Summerleaze tonight for their 11th (yes eleventh) Cup game of the season.

This game itself has been rearranged it seems about four times due to previous clashes with other Cup fixtures.

After a good display against Windsor on Saturday the side felt rather aggrieved not to have got anything, as their display and chances created deserved at least a goal against Windsor. The side will be slightly changed again to night as we picked up more injuries at the weekend. We will see a debut for Ramm in goal to replace Quelch, Sharp is back in the squad after missing Saturday with a leg injury, Lowther is also back in after missing the game due to work. Evans is unavailable due to injury.

Squad: Ramm, Sharp, Masters, Akerman, Lowther, Ovens, Ensby, Bradley, Stones, DeFranco, Whitfield, Deverall, Drake, Adams, Wright


bluefin sportA Tough Test - 20 October

One East Holyport make the short trip to Stag Meadow today in their eleventh cup game of the season to face Premier Division Windsor in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.

Holyport have a tough task ahead of them as Windsor are a good side as their league position shows, combined with injuries to the Port squad it will take a massive effort this afternoon.

Port are likely to be without Rapley, Feaver, Sharp and Driffill but can welcome back Whitfield after suspension and Jamie Wright after injury. Josh Masters made his debut on Tuesday night and impressed, he will be returning to Stag Meadow after leaving Windsor two weeks ago.

On Tuesday night Holyport have yet another Cup game as they entertain Sandhurst Town in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.


lions internationalLions Club Award - 3 October

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East Holyport are delighted to have received a £250.00 donation from Lions Club of Maidenhead.

The generous donation will be used to purchase an Orthopaedic Stretcher, this will aid the recovery of any players with serious injuries, the benefits of this stretcher are:

- Casualty handling for patients who cannot be moved or rocked
- No rolling or lifting of the patient is required
- Stretcher Orthopaedic - Two Piece splits into two halves and slides under the casualty
- Lightweight aluminium construction with three retaining straps
- Extendable length

The first aid facilities / equipment the club can offers its players and those that use the facility are continually being improved at Summerleaze Park. Improvements like this would not be possible would the help of donations from fantastic organisations such as The Lions Club.

The Lions Club of Maidenhead each year make dozens of donations, large and small to local people and organisations. Most donations to people are made as a result of an approach from Social Workers, Health Professionals, Local Organisations and the Citizens Advice Bureau. As well as direct donations, they organise a number of events each year at which local organisations and charities are able to raise money for their good causes. They also donate to international appeals via Lions International.
More about Lions Club of Maidenhead can be found here -


Thank you to the Lions Club.


Port Welcome The Railwaymen - 29 September

Holyport welcome Didcot Town's Development side to Summlereaze Park this afternoon, in Round One of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.

  Bluefin Sport an award winning national provider of insurance and risk management solutions to the world of sport.  

Since meeting in August both sides have been inconsistent with their results, a few wins, losses and draws. After the 6-0 win over Woodley on Tuesday night Holyport will be confident, especially as the goals were spread around six different goal scorers.

Daniel Rapley has been back training this week after missing two weeks, Evans will serve his last game of his three game suspension and Whitfield is away. The squad will be from; Quelch, Ensby, Bradley, Driffill, Feaver, Deverall, Ovens, Adams, Akerman, Sharp, DeFranco, Green, Hedges, Rapley, Kassim and Drake


Cup Games Galore - 25 September

Holyport will be looking to their squad tonight as they prepare for a run of four cup games, starting with Woodley United at Summerleaze tonight.

After facing Woodley two weeks earlier in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy they now face them in the Hellenic League Subsidiary Cup, a new Cup introduced to give Division One East and West sides more games. After another inconsistent display on Saturday where Port started the brighter of the two sides Port faded as the game wore on and Wallingford took control and scored an 89th minute winner.

Tonight will see a full bench with a few players in and a few players out. Port then go again on Saturday at home to Didcot Town Development in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.


Need For Momentum - 22 September

Holyport visit Wallingford today, this will be their last league game for over a month as Cup games come thick and fast as of Tuesday evening. 

After a mixed start to the season the side really need to get a result to get their league campaign some momentum.  Some positive news is that Liam Bradley will be back in the squad since having surgery on his knee back in June, Liam has looked sharp in training and is desperate to get back on the field. 

Port will be without Evans, Ensby, Rapley and Davies as the later two are out injured.  Last season Wallingford completed the double over Port with 2-1 and 5-0 wins, something that Port will be looking to make amends for, particularly the 5-0 as this was the worst performance of the season and brought a great winning run to an end.

Meanwhile off the pitch the crowdfunder page that has been setup to aid the coach trip to Plymouth in the FA Vase is doing far better than the club ever imagined, the club has been overwhelmed by the support it has received.


buildbase fa vase logoTravel Cost Fund Raiser - 21 September

A fundraiser has been set up by Holyport FC to finance the trip to their Buildbase FA Vase away game at Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League Ivybridge Town next month.

The Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East club, like all non league club's at this level, work on a tight budget and has asked for the community and businesses to help reach the £1,100 needed to bus the team to the game 400 mile round trip to the Plymouth area club. They set up the tie against the South-west Peninsula Premier side after beating Fleet Spurs 2-1 at the weekend.

"Any sponsorship help from £25 to the full £1,100 would be a very welcome by the club who operates on a tight budget to simply survive," a statement on Holyport's fundraiser says. Maidenhead United's CEO has donated £100 and Holyport tweeted: "Thank you to Jon Adams of @MUFCYorkRoad who has generously donated £100 towards our Vase fund, fantastic gesture."

Holyport play Ivybridge on Saturday, October 13 and have raised £325 of the cost so far.

Visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fa-vase---ivybridge-town-fc/ to donate to the fundraiser.


On The Road To New Ground - 7 September

Holyport visit a new ground tomorrow that they have never visited to take on Penn & Tylers Green who are ground sharing at Amersham Town. After a mid-week draw at home to Milton the side were disappointed which shows a massive amount about their own expectations.

The good thing is that the side have the opportunity to bounce back and match their expectation levels from the game before away to Ardley. There will be changes to the squad tomorrow as Drake and Kassim both come in to the squad as Ensby and Deverall are unavailable. Port will expect another tough game were they will be pressed against a young and lively Penn side.

The side also have their Berks and Bucks game on Monday away to Woodley which will see the squad be rotated as they also have an important FA Vase game on Saturday 15th at home to Fleet Spurs.


Port Under Lights - 4 September

Holyport welcome Milton United to Summerleaze tonight for the first game under the floodlights this season. Milton and Port were both in FA Buildbase Vase action on Saturday and had contrasting results. Holyport progressed 4-1 at Ardley and Milton went down 3-0 at Clanfield.

Milton will be looking to make amends after the weekend and get their league season back on track. Holyport are looking unchanged for the game as no injuries were picked up on Saturday so the players will once again be battling for the shirts as we head into a busy spell in September with eight games coming up.

Holyport will be looking to make Summerleaze a difficult place for visitors to come to again this season, like last season as Holyport only lost one league game at home last season.


Another Tough FA Competition Draw - 1 September


Holyport are on their travels today in The Buildbase FA Vase which has seen them with another tough match against Premier opposition Ardley United.

Ironically it could be seen as the Feaver Derby, as Jonny Feaver plays for Holyport while his brother Alex plays for Ardley and his dad is chairman of Ardley United.

Ardley will come into the game full of confidence over a fine 3-0 win against Reading City on Bank Holiday Monday, while Port are fully rested after a two week break.  The only injury doubt is Dan Rapley who will undergo a fitness test before the game.

Training on Thursday once again saw 23 players in attendance and competition for places is strong, with 8 games in September and October the squad will be fully utilised to have a look at those players who have struggled for game time.


Squad Opportunity - 17 August

Holyport visit the GWR Loop Meadow Stadium tomorrow to encounter Didcot Town Development in an Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East contest.

This will be the Railwaymens' first game of the season, whilst Holyport will be looking to get back to winning ways after two narrow defeats of late. To Burnham in the league and Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Emirates FA Cup. Both displays have shown the potential the squad has, and it will be the squad that will be used tomorrow as Deverall, Rapley, Lowther and DeFranco are unavailable for tomorrows game, on the plus side Driffill and Wright both forwards will be back in the squad after last weeks unavailability.

Didcot have always had a technically good young side who will enjoy the surface that The Loop has to offer both sides tomorrow. This will also suit Port who like to get the ball down and play through the side.

Andy Frisky will be leaving for China on Monday as he embarks on a 12-month coaching roles and the club would like to wish Andy the very best of luck with this opportunity.


Port Under No Illusions - 10 August

Holyport are under no illusions that tomorrows Emirates FA Cup game against Brimscombe & Thrupp is as tough as they come. A comfortable top six side last season Thrupp are a well drilled and established side that have grown each season.

Last season the two sides met in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup and Holyport managed to come out 1-0 winner on a Tuesday evening in Gloucestershire, it was a battling display – which more of the same will be required tomorrow if Holyport are to see off their FA Cup hoodoo.

The squad has trained well this week with fitness work on Tuesday night and a light session last night (Thursday). The defeat against Burnham last week was not as it seems on paper, after 60 minutes the affects of Tuesday’s Supplementary Cup Final mixed with the heat took their toll and Burnham started to take a foot hold in the game.

Squad: Jake Quelch, Matthew Ensby, Jack Finlinson, Sam Whitfield, Adam Sharp, Chris DeFranco, Steve Deverall, Alan Akerman, Josh Lowther, Charlie Evans, Daniel Rapley, Johnny Feaver, Micheal Davies, Nathan Shamuyarira, Chris Hedges, Lee Ovens, Scott Johnson.


Ready For Tough Opener - 4 August

Supplementary Cup Champions Holyport face a tough opening game of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East season with a visit to Burnham. 

Under Paul Shone the side is much changed since we visited last season and defeated Burnham in the Floodlight Cup. To be fair the Holyport side has also seen some additions since that game some of whom will feature this afternoon.

After a good pre season where narrow defeats to Binfield and Ascot occurred a win against Flackwell in midweek has added to the positive mood in the Holyport camp.  The squad had a real togetherness which will be needed throughout the course of the season, starting today.

Holyport will need to have the same work ethic that gained them the Supplementary Cup win on mid week if they are to take anything away from The Gore.


Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final - 30 July

Holyport make the trip to Oxford City tomorrow to take on Flackwell Heath in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final.

It has been a strange route to the final as Holyport lost in the quarter finals 3-0 to Highworth Town. In the following rounds numerous teams played ineligible players and this saw Holyport reinstated to face Oxford City Nomads in the proposed Semi Final, Nomads then withdraw from the competition, before a week later sadly announcing their resignation from the Hellenic League.

This then meant that Holyport and Flackwell would meet each other, but only players who were registered to the clubs last season can be involved in the match day squads. For Holyport we have only lost two players from last season (Rake & Marques), but we are also missing a few to holiday. 

It will be a strange game as several players within the squad will still be needing minutes as we look forward to the 4 August.

The squad for Holyport is from;
Evans, De Franco, Green, Driffill, Ensby, Hedges, Quelch, Lowther, Sharp, Akerman, Frisky, Feaver, Whitfield, Finlinson, Deverall


Grant Success - 28 July

Holyport FC are delighted to announce that they have been successful in our application to The Shanly Foundation for a £1000.00 grant request.

The application was made for help to fund a travelling sprinkler to enable us to fully water the football pitch. The sprinkler can be set out to follow a pre-determined route to enable it to be left to water the pitch at a rate of 25m per hour.

We would like to thank The Shanly Foundation for their generous donation and their continued support to the community groups in the local area. You can read more about the foundation here - http://www.shanlyfoundation.com/

tony andrews holyport hellenic league Holyport Tony Andrews Award - 23 July

Uhlsport Hellenic One Division One East Holyport's chairman Tony Andrews received a special recognition award at the Berks & Bucks annual awards night...

A little about Tony and his history with Holyport..

Tony Andrews was born in January 1947, at 16 years of age Tony first played for Holyport. Tony attracted attention from Newcastle and Millwall and was asked for club trials, 1 week before his trial he broke his leg playing for Holyport and it took 9 months before he would wear the club shirt again.

After numerous years of playing the chairman at the time asked Tony to join the board, he could see Tony was a committed individual and wanted him onboard. Unfortunately after not seeing eye to eye with the board Tony decided to leave the club, but after one season the chairman asked him back to help run the club alongside him.

The club had some ups and downs but the club begun to progress, ironically having a barbers shop in Maidenhead helped to make contact with all the local footballers and this paid dividends as the club went on to success after success.

Off the field Tony has done every job you can imagine, cleaned the toilets, swept the floors, cleaned the kit and to this day runs the tea bar on match days as well as collecting the corner flags! But as Tony always states you do anything for the club you love.

Tony passed on his love for the club to his son Tony, who at 49 years of age is groundsman and has also played for the club since 16 years of age. So between the two there is over 80 years of service.

Tony is a very humble man and will always say that is not about one individual but about the club!

Holyport Appoint Sweetman - 18 July

derek sweetman hellenicleague holyportHolyport Football Club are delighted to announce Derek Sweetman as First Team Manager of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East Club.

Derek met with the players before the Binfield game yesterday evening. All the players and staff can then move forward into Thursdays training session knowing the structure for the season.

Derek and the Committee met on Wednesday last week and following discussions a further meeting on Friday evening was held with the current management setup. Following a board discussion amongst the parties the club were delighted to agree the new management structure for the season, as detailed below;

Derek Sweetman - First Team Manager
Matt Rolfe - Assistant Manager
Lee Ovens - Assistant Manager
Steve Deverall - Coach

Top of the requirements for the new First Team Manager was the ability to help Rolfe, Ovens and Deverall develop in their roles, with 191 games previously in charge of Holyport, winning the treble and three seasons in the Hellenic Premier Division Derek certainly ticked this box for the club.

The Management and Committee are confident that with one or two additions to the side they can continue their momentum from last season and compete in the upper regions of the league table. The Committee would like to thank Rolfe, Ovens and Deverall for their hard work during pre season to date and look forward to the season ahead.


Rake Leaves Port - 12 July

Holyport have confirmed that Barry Rake has resigned from his position as first team manager at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East club.

The club were made aware of Barry's decision on Friday evening - 6th July 2018. Holyport would like to thank Barry for his service and commitment during the last six seasons (three as Reserve team manager and three as first team manager). Taking charge of a combined total of 180 games over his six season's.

Barry made the transition from boys football with Maidenhead Boys and brought though a host of young local players which would go on to play first team football for the club. After a difficult season in 2016/17 the club bounced back last season with a top 5 finish and entrance back into the FA Cup.

Matt Rolfe will take temporary charge of the side with Lee Ovens and Steve Deverall assisting him until a further announcement is made.

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