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Nine Games Without Loss - 20 December

Andy Forisky netted a hat-trick as Holyport eased to a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Abingdon Town at Summerleaze Village last weekend, extending the side’s unbeaten run in the league to nine matches and moving them into the promotion places. Writes Daniel Darlington in the Maidenhead Advertiser

Port haven’t lost since their 4-1 defeat to local rivals Marlow United on October 15 and moved above James Pritchard’s side into fourth off the back of this victory. Fourth this season would be good enough for the side to move up to a new league at step five level. The league will encompass teams from the Thames Valley and Berkshire and the hope is that no team would have to travel more than an hour to away matches.

Forisky led the way for manager Derek Sweetman’s side completing his hat-trick inside 71 minutes while Fabian Driffill was also clinical in front of goal, scoring twice.

It was also a landmark day for Lee Ovens who netted only his sixth goal for the club in 291 appearances. Lee Ovens scored his sixth goal in 291 appearances to make it 2-0 to Port in the 47th minute before Forisky went on to complete his hat-trick in the 71st minute, running onto a ball from Fabian Driffill. Forisky and Driffill have dovetailed upfront to good effect for Port this season, enabling their climb up the table to within seven points of leaders Risborough Rangers. Fred Chapman, on loan from Maidenhead United, kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s match, palming over a good late chance for the visitors as the home side ran out comfortable winners.

“It’s no exageration to say that it could have been double figures,” said Sweetman (pictured). “Their keeper made some really top class saves. The players seem to realise now it’s no longer just an 11 man game, it’s about the substitutes who come on and take their opportunities. Everyone has a hunger to do well. It’s been a good start to the season and we’ve only lost one league game all season. Fourth place is up for grabs and it’s an ideal opportunity for us to do that and get promoted and play some different teams next season.”

Holyport are return to action at home against second placed Abingdon United on Saturday (December 21) but Sweetman admitted that very much relies on the weather being kind to the club over the coming days. “It’s down to the forecast I’m afraid,” he said. “We obviously watnt to play because our next game after that isn’t scheduled until January 4. If the weather’s okay we’ll probably play, if it’s not and there’s more rain in the next few days it probably won’t go ahead."

“The pitch is important to us. Langley ground share with us, there’s the vets team and the youth team as well, so a lot of football is played on it and we have to think about that.”