Havant glad to see off sorry season

Will Knight has endured a tough campaign with Havant. Picture: Mick Young (112788-08)

Will Knight has endured a tough campaign with Havant. Picture: Mick Young (112788-08)

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Havant will be glad to bring the curtain down on a miserable National three London & south east campaign at Tring tomorrow (3pm).

The relegated Hooks Lane side have suffered some fearful maulings this season.

Despite the problems, though, director of rugby Will Knight and his team have worked hard putting in place the infrastructure to allow the club to bounce back.

Knight is convinced the club can thrive, rebuild and emerge stronger. He said: ‘The coaching team and players have already committed to next season,’ he said.

‘It has been a steep learning curve for some of the youngsters this season.

‘On a positive note, five of the players who made an impact in the Tonbridge Juddians defeat have only recently come through from our academy side.

‘It bodes well for the future.

‘When we do go back up to National rugby we want to do it from a strong position.’

Simon Burns is pleased with the progress made by United Services, who finished third in Hampshire one – narrowly missing out on promotion.

The recently-appointed director of rugby saw promotion as a bonus and is happy to build on the achievement for next season.

Petersfield have consolidated in the same division but Southsea Nomads found it too demanding for their limited resources and were relegated.

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