‘They need to catch little old Holyport’: Sam Lock on play-off ambitions

Sam Lock. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphaotography.com
Sam Lock. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphaotography.com

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After two seasons at the other end of the table, Holyport currently occupy the final play-off spot in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North.

The Port have three games left this season and are in the midst of a bit of a tussle to get over the line – crucially though the Maidenhead-based side have points on the board.

Sam Lock’s side have played 35 games and have 52 points, Reading City below them have played 32 and have 51 points, but have to play six games in 10 days including back to back ties on 23rd, 24th and 25th April – all at home.

The Holyport boss is well aware his side are riding high and very much in with a shout, against many’s expectations: “We were written off at the start of the season – we set our boys the challenge of top 10. To be competing now for a playoff spot is incredible and a credit to the boys for the work they’ve put in and the dedication they have shown this season.

“The pressure is firmly on everyone else now. We have points on the board and only three games to play. The chasing pack have lots of games to fit in over the next week or so. They’re going to be tired and the pressure builds with each game. I’d rather be in our position than theirs.”

Kritpac Dzimba is delighted! Photo: Jonathan Bowker.
Kritpac Dzimba is delighted! Photo: Jonathan Bowker.

Previously involved in Maidenhead United’s youth setup, Lock is only too aware of the challenges facing players like those at City, North Greenford United, Hilltop and Wokingham & Emmbrook: “It’s the players I feel sorry for though. That many games in a week is tough, and when players get tired, they make mistakes.

Of the challenge ahead though he said: “We are enjoying the chase now, there is no pressure on us, so we are just taking it game by game. Our boys are thriving in it and there is a fantastic feel around the club at the moment.

Three cup finals left for us and it’s on everyone else now to fit their games in and catch little old Holyport.

“Whatever happens, I’m immensely proud of my young squad and what they have achieved this year, against all odds.”

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