Havant told to avoid half-time rockets in revenge bid

Joel Knight. Picture: Mick Young (132643-03)

Joel Knight. Picture: Mick Young (132643-03)

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Joel Knight insists Havant’s players will be doing all they can to avoid another half-time rocket from the coaches as they visit Sidcup in London one south tomorrow.

After starting slowly last time out, the Hooks Lane side found themselves leading by just four points against a Haywards Heath side rooted to the bottom of the table.

However, Havant cut loose after the interval following some choice words from the coaches.

And their dominance told as they eventually ran out 57-17 victors.

This weekend will be an entirely different prospect as they host a Sidcup side sitting three places above them in fifth.

Sidcup squeezed out an 18-17 victory when the two sides met back in December.

And Knight admits that defeat is more than enough motivation for tomorrow’s clash.

‘We struggled to find any rhythm in the first period against Haywards Heath and too many wrong options were being taken that meant the game was fragmented,’ he said.

‘When we went in at half-time we were really quite lucky to be ahead.

‘The changing room in the interval was not for the faint-hearted and we were rightly given a few things to think about by the coaches.

‘The response in the second half was just want we wanted to see and we showed what we are capable of.

‘If we want to be contenders next season then we have to make sure we can find this intensity at all times and that starts tomorrow, who we want to get one over.’

While Havant are sitting safely in mid-table, Haywards Heath have been staring down the barrel of relegation for some time.

‘Credit to Haywards Heath, they never stopped playing last weekend,’ added Knight.

‘We will miss them from our league because they are a great club and definitely one of the most welcoming. I hope they can bounce straight back.’

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