Havant looking on the bright side despite painful loss

Will Knight

Will Knight

Freddie Gleadowe had a hand in Hampshire's try. Picture: Keith Woodland

Hampshire pride in Twickenham defeat

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Havant came away from Guildford disappointed after suffering a narrow 13-12 London one south defeat.

Head coach Will Knight felt his team were unlucky and didn’t get the breaks they deserved.

Will Knight

Will Knight

He said: ‘The final result was disappointing but we can take lots of positives out of a very tight game.

‘I thought of the two teams we probably played the better rugby, especially in the first half when we played against the wind and up the slope.

‘Our front five had them under pressure in the set scrummages which was a big turnaround from when we met earlier in the season.

‘Once Guildford got their noses in front, at the start of the second half, they made it difficult for us.

‘They were prepared to play percentage rugby, kicking the ball behind us making it difficult to get into areas where we could hurt them.

‘I think Guildford were quite relieved to come away with the win in the end.’

The main feature of the first half was the sterling work by Luke Marks, Zac Saliba, Jack Ward-Golden, Ross Parkin and Harrison Young in the front five for Havant.

Their supremacy enabled the Hooks Lane outfit to establish a 9-3 lead at the interval through three Ed Wilks penalties.

The home side squeezed over for a converted try early in the second period to lead 10-9 before Wilks knocked over another penalty.

A couple of times the visitors threatened but their ambition was halted as they lost the ball at crucial times.

With three games remaining Knight is encouraged by the progress made by his squad.

‘Apart from our opening few games we have been competitive,’ he added.

‘We have shown a lot more strength in depth which has enabled us to cope with injuries to key players.

‘At times, major players have been missing but performances have not dropped away.

‘A number of youngsters have stepped up and that augurs well for the future.

‘We are looking to finish in the top six and it is a good place to be.

‘There are now two league games and a cup final at Gosport & Fareham to go.’

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