Early six-pointer for Friday night derby as Holyport face Burnham

Shay Bottomley

shayb@baylismedia.co.uk

Friday is derby day in the Combined Counties Premier Division North with both Holyport and Burnham seeking a much-needed win.

It’s an early six-pointer for the two sides at Summerleaze who are both bottom of the league after a poor start.

Burnham come into the tie having lost 3-0 to Reading City on Saturday as Manny Williams looks for his first win since taking over from Ashleigh James.

The Buckinghamshire club have only won one game in the league so far this season, namely a 3-0 win over Egham Town on at The Gore in August. Since then, their form has taken a turn for the worst mustering only three points since said fixture on Tuesday, August 17.

Holyport on the other hand have had a difficult start to life at step 5. A 2-1 win over North Greenford United makes for 60 per cent of the club’s points, with a pair 2-2 draws away to Virginia Water and Windsor completing the club’s points haul of the campaign.

However, they were incredibly unlucky to not come away with a point against high-flying Southall on Saturday, conceding a 95th minute goal to the 2nd placed side. Nevertheless, assistant manager Sam Lock is optimistic his squad can capitalise on the momentum from the ‘brilliant’ performance.

He said: “Looking at the game on paper, they (Southall) are by far way and above what we can compete with, so it wasn’t a game we were looking at to take points out of, but the boys were brilliant.

“We’ve got to start being a bit more consistent, but it was really positive on Saturday so we’re looking to try and take that into Friday’s game against Burnham.

“We know where we are, and this season is about survival. I’ve seen enough from them to know we can stay in this league, and I’m positive that we will do so.

“[Burnham] are a top side with some really good players. In terms of infrastructure and where they are as a club, they’re a long way ahead of Holyport.

“I anticipate a very difficult game, so we just have to compete first and foremost in terms of wanting to be there and wanting to win and get points out of it. If we can match them for that, then hopefully we’ll get over the line with the points.”

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