Havant chief keen to build on home glory

Niall Copeland, centre. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14388-545)
Niall Copeland, centre. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14388-545)
Southsea Nomads made progress. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Havant are optimistic they can upset fifth-placed Sutton & Epsom in their London one south encounter at Rugby Lane (2.30pm).

Will Knight’s resurgent team stormed to a 42-15 success over Twickenham to record their first home win of the campaign last weekend.

The head coach is now hoping to see his team kick on from that performance.

‘We feel like we are starting to play some good rugby and are heading in the right direction,’ said Knight.

‘On paper we have played the top teams in our league and been very competitive.

‘The feeling is we can go into any game with the belief we can win it.

‘We have shown we are good enough to take on the best.

‘It is that winning mentality which is so important.

‘The players can see a lot of the things worked on in training coming to fruition.

‘And against Twickenham we were a lot more clinical.

‘We played with a simple shape but one which allows a lot of variety.

‘The players are starting to take more ownership and adapting to what is in front of them.’

Knight knows it will be tough against a Sutton & Epsom side gunning for a sixth straight win.

And he is forced to reshuffle his forwards in the absence of Steve Cruddas and Loz Warren-West.

Both players will be missed but Havant are boosted by the return of Niall Copeland from Dubai.

Copeland was a regular in the team last season and is drafted back in.

Dan Munden shifts from the second row to number eight, while Joe Davis is set to return at blindside flanker.

Unbeaten Hampshire one leaders United Services are in derby action against Fareham Heathens at Cams Alders.

The teams go into the game in contrasting moods.

Services are buoyant after beating title rivals Millbrook 41-28 at Burnaby Road.

Heathens need to pick themselves up after suffering a 54-6 defeat at Fordingbridge, their first loss of the season.

Meanwhile, Petersfield hope to have a few players back against Fordingbridge at Penns Place.

And in Hampshire two, Southsea Nomads will hunt for their first win against Kingsclere at Furze Lane.