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Sweetman praises Holyport's 'never say die' spirit after fightback against Chalvey Sports

Holyport manager Derek Sweetman praised his side's character after they battled back to earn a 3-3 draw at Chalvey Sports on Tuesday.

It was another entertaining affair for Port as they replied from 2-0 and 3-2 down to earn a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Alan Akerman, Joshua Lowther and Chris Defranco were on target.

Sweetman highlighted his teams resilience: “It was a very tough game. Both sides gave it a right good go. There was a mixture of poor defending and good attacking. It was always going to be tough – Chalvey have had a great start. My boys stuck to the task and did what they had to do.

“To come back three times shows a lot of character.

“It is always good to have that in your locker, that never say die attitude.”

Sweetman saw his side score three goals for the second successive game, and singled out young goalkeeper Fred Chappman, 17, for praise following his move from Maidenhead Youth.

The boss added: “I was impressed with the young keeper [Fred], he has done really well.

“[Scoring goals] is the catalyst for the whole season – if we can score goals and they come from different players, then it gives us a better opportunity to win games. I would like to tighten up a bit more as we had the best defensive record in the league last season. But it is a tough league.

“There are quite a few teams who are scoring a few, but also conceding a few, so it is going to be a free-flowing season.”

Holyport now enjoy a week’s break and are next in action in the FA Vase on Sunday, September 1 when they face Unite MK at Summerleaze.

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