Gravesend punish sloppy Havant

Joel Knight. Picture: Mick Young (132643-10)
Joel Knight. Picture: Mick Young (132643-10)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Havant paid the price for a slow start as they crashed to a 32-19 London one south defeat at Gravesend.

The visitors trailed 17-0 after the first 20 minutes, and although they improved, never threatened to get close enough to their hosts.

Captain Joel Knight was disappointed with the performance.

‘Once again we didn’t start well and it was a very patchy game,’ he said.

‘We never really created a platform to play from.

‘It was frustrating because we were forced to live off scraps and shipped on ball we couldn’t do much with.

‘We were just getting ourselves back into it when they hit us with two tries just before half-time.

‘They were due to our sloppiness and individual errors which let them in.’

Early Gravesend pressure brought a penalty and they soon added a try following a kick-ahead and chase.

The home side enjoyed the vast majority of possession from the set-pieces but Havant managed to improve their defence.

Despite being reduced to 14 men with a yellow card, though, the home side extended their lead with another try.

The numbers were levelled up when Havant front-row forward Nic Goodger was also yellow carded for dropping a scrum.

Havant hit back to reduce the arrears with evergreen fly-half Grant Morris squeezing over for a try close to the posts, with Knight adding the conversion.

Any hopes the visitors had of using this as a platform to get back into the game were blown away in a disastrous five minutes before the break.

Gravesend added two tries to effectively seal the game.

The second half proved a stop-start affair, with Havant adding a converted try, before the hosts had number eight Chukuma Osazuwa red carded for punching.

Gravesend had another player sent to the bin to end the game with 13.

‘The second half was a bit feisty, which is what we expect when we come here,’ said Knight.

‘We now have to regroup and prepare for what a big home game against Brighton.’