Looking To Push Forward - 6 January
Holyport visit Headington Amateurs this weekend, both of the Division One East sides are coming off the back of wins on New Years Eve. Holyport scored nine past Wantage whilst Headington beat Finchampstead 2-1.
Pretty much at this stage last year Holyport drew 1-1 thanks to a last minute Paul Rake penalty in their visit to Headington.
The squad will be boasted by the return of Jonny Mahoney, Sam Whitfield and Nathan Shamuyarira who were all missing on New Years Eve. Frank Atwell will be back in goal after Nick Bovingdon signed from Cookham Deans as Christmas cover.
'Port will next play again on Tuesday 24 January so they are expected to put everything into this game to try and reverse their poor away form which has only result in one away win, this was Wantage away at the beginning of the season. With games in hand on those above Holyport need to get some wins under their belts to improve on the opening half of the season.
Finch To Dock At Port - 9 December
Nearly a year to the day and Holyport welcome Finchampstead to Summerleaze. On the 5 December last season Holyport drew 2-2 away to Finchampstead.
The two sides play each other at Summerleaze tomorrow coming off the back of totally different results last weekend. Finch got a great away win at Bicester whilst Port went down 4-0 away to Chinnor in a game where we played the better football but conceded cheap early goals to put us on the back foot.
Holyport have added a few fresh faces this week with two signings from Maidenhead United under 21’s.
Squad from: Atwell, Ovens, Attrell, Mahonny, Ensby, Whitfield, Dexter, Forisky, Feaver, Rake, Robinson, Ricky, Richardson-Hodge, Wright.
Spurs Fan To Pit Wit's Against Gunners Legend - 10 September
Holyport face the long and tough test this afternoon away to AFC Portchester in the Buildbase FA Vase.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides and it is safe to say Port will be the underdogs. Portchester are currently flying this season and also play a step higher in the Wessex Premier Division – Step 5.
They are still in the FA Cup and have a home tie against Merthyr Town – who play in The Southern League Premier Division. Coupled with this good form they won 7-0 away from home on Wednesday. With Holyport also having scored 18 goals in 4 games this season it is safe to say there will be goals.
Holyport will know that we will need to be at our very best to have a chance, but funnier things have happened in football. Port will travel without Ben Wall, Sam Whitfield and Jack Woodbridge. For the first time this season Jonny Mahoney is available and comes into the squad.
Manager Barry Rake and avid Tottenham fan will be keen to get one of Graham Rix (ex Arsenal) who is the manager of AFC Portchester.
Port Welcome Sumas - 29 August
Holyport welcome Wokingham & Embrook to Summerleaze this afternoon, ties between the sides always sees plenty of goals, with 3-2 and 3-3 the last two results between the two sides.
Red cards for the management are also a common theme with both Wayne Wanklyn and Roger Herridge both sent from the dug out on previous visits (Editors note: neither of the two persons mentioned have been involved with Wokingham since season 14/15). With no game since last Saturday Port will be fresh and have no injury concerns, the only change to the squad is Paul Raju who is away, Leo Smith is expected to take his place.
The will need to perform like the last home game in which they narrowly lost to Bicester, the work ethic which is foremost was fantastic and it will need to be again.
In Form Teams Meet - 19 August
Holyport welcome last season’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East runners up Bicester Town to Summerleaze tomorrow.
With Bicester also winning their opening game with the season with a 3-1 victory against Rayners Lane both sides will be full of confidence.
Manager Rake has commented many times that Bicester were in his eyes the best side we faced last season, so tomorrow will be a real guide as to where Holyport are. Whilst the 8-0 win was a great result at Wantage, they were a young side who got over powered as the game wore on.
Holyport were on the end of a 4-2 loss at home to Bicester last season, both sides have strengthened during the summer. Tomorrow is the start of three games at home with Wokingham and Cheltenham to follow.
Players missing for tomorrow’s game are Waldron, who is serving his second of a three game suspension and Wright with a broken arm.
Squad from: Hunter, Attrell, Ensby, Pulsford, Woodbridge, Ovens, Wall, Shamuyrira, Dexter, Forsiky, Whitfield, Raju, Feaver, Rake, Croucher
Holyport Get Season Underway - 12 August
Holyport manager Barry Rake has highlighted the importance of making a good start to the new Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East season.
Port finished seventh in the table last year and have targeted an improved position this season, which gets under way with a trip to Wantage Town Reserves on Saturday. This will not be easy as Wokingham & Emmbrook have dropped down and will be favourites alongside Penn & Tylers Green and Bicester. Whilst Chalfont Wasps, Finchampstead, Rayners Lane and Chinnor will also be up there. Although beating Wantage Development twice last season the side will be under no illusion’s as any away game is tough in this league.
Pre-season has gone well. We’ve lost nothing in terms of results, it’s just about getting players fit. We have lost three players with Matt Rolfe joining the Flackwell Reserves management team and we all wish him well. Adam Wyatt has not re-joined and forward Rob Boyd has moved up North.
We are pleased with the new signings we have made in Paul Raju, Ben Pulsford, Jonny Mahoney and Andy Forsicky. All have made an impact in pre season and will add competition to the places. Luke Dexter has also re-signed after turning down a Hellenic Premier side during the summer which is great news for us and is an important player.
Coach Chris Pope commented “We had a mixed start last year so are hoping to improve on that. You want to get off to a good start and not lose the first two or three and have to play catch up.”
Port Awards - 17 May
Holyport's annual awards night took place on Saturday evening, with all three sides well represented.
With big changes at the start of the season, both to the First team and the Reserves, it was a pleasing season and Holyport Ladies also reached their first cup final after just two seasons together.
First Team Award Winners
Golden Boot - Paul Rake (21 goals in 31 games)
Club Man Of The Year - Dale Wright
Players Player Of The Year - Sam Whitfield
Managers Player Of The Year - Matthew Ensby
Reserve Team Award Winners
Golden Boot - Ben Baker (9 goals in 17 games)
Club Man Of The Year - Jack Woodbridge
Players Player Of The Year - Matty Hartshorne
Managers Player Of The Year - Matty Hartshorne
Ladies Team Award Winners
Golden Boot - Shannon Ni Dhonncha (12 goals in 9 games)
Club Lady Of the Year - Donna Robinson
Young Player Of The Year - Georgie Hill
Players Player Of The Year - Michelle Thackeray
Managers Player Of The Year - Melissa Dobson
Mascots - Tayla Amery & Isabella Kennedy
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