Havant miss their big chance with Sidcup finishing the job

Havant charge forward. Picture: Mick Young
Havant charge forward. Picture: Mick Young
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 missed opportunities in their 17-5 London one south defeat by Sidcup at Hooks Lane.

Home coach Will Knight felt clinical finishing from the visitors proved the only difference between the sides in an entertaining match.

He said: ‘Sidcup only threatened our line three times all game but came away scoring each time.

‘We had far more chances than they did but failed to take them.

‘On a number of occasions we were held up just short of their line and couldn’t quite get over.

‘It was frustrating. In the first half we played against a strong breeze but produced the better rugby.

‘Their opening score when it came on the stroke of half time was against the run of play but gave them important momentum.’

Both teams wasted early penalty opportunities with Havant having the better of the game territorially.

The home side were twice stopped a metre from the try line before the visitors relieved the pressure with a clearance kick.

With the interval approaching, Havant tried to run the ball from their own twenty-two and when the ball was spilled, Sidcup took full advantage from the scrum to take the lead.

Havant had Richard Janes yellow-carded five minutes into the second half for collapsing a maul which didn’t help the home cause.

Sidcup soon exploited that advantage, scoring a try from a close-range scrum as the home defence eventually ran out of numbers.

Another try from a driving line-out put Sidcup firmly in command.

Havant, however, battled on.

With 15 minutes remaining they hit back with a driving line-out try of their own through Steve Cruddas.

Though the home side spent the remainder of the game hammering at the Sidcup defence, they couldn’t find another way through.

‘It was a strange game because the final scoreline doesn’t reflect how close it was,’ said Knight.

‘There were two evenly-matched teams out there and it was a good game of rugby.

‘The least we deserved was a losing bonus point and it was disappointing to come away with nothing.’