Early joy is short-lived for Havant

Ben Brierley. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-460)
Ben Brierley. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-460)

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Will Knight endured a frustrating afternoon on Saturday as Havant crashed to a 28-17 London one south defeat at Cobham.

The visitors opened in dramatic style – scoring a converted try after 30 seconds – but it soon went downhill.

‘Scoring so quickly was possibly the worst thing we could have done,’ said head coach Knight.

‘It can affect the mindset and players get to think it is going to be easier than it actually is.

‘We were disrupted by a couple of injuries but a number of our players didn’t perform to the level they should.

‘Sometimes it is difficult to put your finger on quite why it happens.

‘It was disappointing because Cobham, although dogged, were not a great side.

‘In the first 25 minutes we had a lot of possession and created a number of opportunities which we failed to take.

‘We didn’t score the points we should have done and that allowed Cobham to work their way into the game.’

Mike Brook’s try, converted by Joel Knight, gave Havant a blistering start.

But the home side hit back with a penalty and two tries to lead 13-7 at the break before Havant regained the lead early in the second half.

The forwards put in a good drive and when the ball was spun along the three-quarters, Ben Brierley went over with Joel Knight again adding the conversion.

Cobham took advantage of a yellow card for Havant’s Harrison Young to restore their lead with another try.

And although Joel Knight kicked another penalty, the home side responded in kind and scored a converted try at the death to seal the win.

‘Our precision at half-back wasn’t good enough and that prevented us getting any flow in the three-quarters,’ said Hooks Lane chief Will Knight.

‘It was a disjointed performance and one the lads will be keen to put right in the derby against Gosport next week.’

In Hampshire one, Petersfield consolidated their midtable position with a 43-22 win over relegation-battling Alton at Penns Place.

It was an important win for Andy Patience’s team after three successive defeats in the league.