Havant boss hits out at all-time low

Will Knight was devastated by the defeat. Picture: Mick Young
Will Knight was devastated by the defeat. Picture: Mick Young

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Will Knight was shocked by the manner of his National League side’s defeat by Gosport & Fareham in the Hampshire Cup semi-final on Saturday.

The depressed Havant director of rugby was scathing in his analysis of the Hooks Lane team’s capitulation and their lack of fight in the derby.

He questioned the leadership and teamwork of his men as they went down to the London two south west title favourites at Gosport Park.

It was a defeat the boss found particularly hard to stomach.

‘This is the lowest point for me in all my years with Havant,’ said Knight.

‘It was probably the worst performance I’ve seen from a Havant team.

‘We prepared properly and didn’t take things lightly because it was an important game for us.

‘On the pitch, though, we lacked any intensity and coherance.

‘Gosport & Fareham knocked us out of our stride with an early try and we never recovered.

‘There was a lack of commitment and leadership from us.

‘Some of the players need to take a long hard look at themselves because they didn’t perform.

‘Fair play to Gosport & Fareham because they showed greater organisation, physicality and fitness.

‘They were a credit to head coach Mark Wells.

‘We are likely to be in the same league next season and they will be very competitive at the higher level.’

The defeat is another tough blow to take for Knight.

Last weekend he looked on as Havant’s relegation from National League rugby was confirmed.

And he now faces the challenge of lifting morale for the final weeks of the season.

‘Though we don’t have much left to play for, we have to finish the season in a positive way,’ said the director of rugby.

‘We have to make sure we keep doing things properly and don’t let it drift.

‘If we let things slide then we will feel the impact at the start of next season.

‘We are rebuilding and we need the players to be up to that challenge.’