Holyport FC showed great endeavour in defeat at Wembley, says boss Sweetman

Judged on their hard work and defensive discipline alone, Derek Sweetman believes Holyport FC deserved to get something from their Combined Counties Premier Division North clash with Wembley at the weekend.

At Vale Farm, Port were beaten 2-1 in a contest that was decided by a couple of debatable penalty decisions.

The home side opened the scoring from the spot in the 32nd minute when Steven Deverall was deemed to have handled the ball.

Dan Wilson restored parity for Port half an hour later but the visitors suffered a late sucker punch when Sam Adetiba slotted home Wembley's winner in the 85th minute.

In the closing minutes, Port felt they had grounds for a spot kick themselves after Jack Alder was wiped out by the hosts’ goalkeeper. Controversially, however, the referee waved away the players’ cries and blew for full-time shortly afterwards, much to boss Sweetman’s frustration and disbelief.

Speaking to the club’s media after the match, he said: “It was definitely a penalty – the goalkeeper took our guy out in the box. Anywhere else on the pitch, that’s a foul, and if it’s a foul in the box, it’s a penalty. It’s not sour grapes, it’s facts. We worked extremely hard, so I thought we deserved something from the game. It was a tale of two halves really. In the first half, I don’t think we were quite at it, but I thought we dominated the second.

Sweetman added: “I don’t think it was a pen to them [in the first half]. Steve was on the floor, spread eagle, and the ball hit him on the chest, it didn’t hit him on the arm. The referee is a lot closer than what we are, so he sees what he sees, and we just have to deal with it. I think in the second half we asked a lot of questions.

“We kept knocking on the door but we just didn’t get that rub of the green. You make your own luck, I know, but it is a bit frustrating when things happen [like they did today].”

The result leaves Sweetman's side bottom of the table with only four points from their opening 10 league matches. Their battle against the drop continues at Windsor this Saturday.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on

Characters left: 1500

Editor's Picks

Most read

Top Articles

LIVE: GCSE results day

LIVE: GCSE results day

Thousands of young people across the area are collecting their GCSE results this morning. We'll be bringing you live updates throughout the morning.

1 comment
Man, 67, extradited to face sexual assault charges

Man, 67, extradited to face sexual assault charges

A 67-year-old man has been extradited from Spain to face serious sexual assault charges. Harry Raymond Kelk faces two charges of rape, one of kidnap and one of false imprisonment relating to the kidnap and rape of a 14-year-old girl in Winnersh in July 1981.