Havant on revenge mission

Havant coach Will Knight. Picture: Mick Young (112788-07)

Havant coach Will Knight. Picture: Mick Young (112788-07)

Darren Bamford's hat-trick wasn't enough for Havant against Sidcup. Picture: Kieth Woodland

Havant coach positive despite play-off misery

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Havant have a chance to settle the score against Dover in their London one south clash at Hooks Lane tomorrow (3pm).

A late penalty denied the visitors a losing bonus point in a 13-5 defeat in Kent earlier this season.

We have to look to get on the front foot early and make sure we don’t give them any opportunities

Will Knight

And head coach Will Knight is keen to see his team take revenge on a side still battling relegation.

‘When we went to their place we didn’t play as well as we hoped,’ he said.

‘We had control early on but let it slip.

‘Dover can be stubborn opponents and we will have to be wary of them.

‘We have to look to get on the front foot early and make sure we don’t give them any opportunities.

‘The harder grounds tend to suit us and I will be looking for us to run in some tries.’

Gosport & Fareham travel along the south coast for a mid-table affair against Brighton with a depleted line-up.

Navy commitments, sickness and unavailability have robbed the visitors of seven regular players.

‘We are having to rejig the side but we should still be good enough to get a result,’ said head coach Neil McRoberts.

‘It is just a case of going there and getting stuck in.’

The visitors give a debut to hooker Rhys Bingham.

With the Hampshire one title already in the bag, United Services will be aiming to defend their unbeaten record at Bognor.

There is derby action at Penns Place where Petersfield entertain Fareham Heathens.

Locks Heath Pumas host third-placed Ventnor at Brookfield School knowing a win will see them crowned Hampshire two champions.

Head coach Jim Pearce believes the experienced heads in his unbeaten side will help them deal with the pressure.

‘A game of this nature doesn’t come around very often but our experienced players will help keep everyone calm,’ he said.

‘We were lucky to come away with a win at Ventnor earlier in the season, so will need to focus on getting things right.’

Southsea Nomads are optimistic of a second win of the season as fellow strugglers Aldershot & Fleet visit Furze Lane.

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