Will Knight is remaining realistic as struggling Havant prepare for a daunting visit to Canterbury tomorrow (3pm).
The Kent outfit are setting the pace at the top of National League three London & south east, while Knight’s men are still without a win.
A 70-13 home defeat at the hands of Ampthill delivered the latest blow to their season last weekend.
And with just one point from eight games so far, Knight is not expecting miracles at the unbeaten leaders.
‘The game against Canterbury will be a tough one,’ said the Hooks Lane director of rugby.
‘They have won all eight games and are looking like definite promotion challengers.
‘We’re not expecting much, as we know how hard it will be.’
The mauling last weekend hit the Havant camp hard, as – prior to that – they had been steadily improving.
And although he recognises victory will be tough, Knight wants to see his troops deliver some positive rugby tomorrow.
‘It was probably the most disappointing game of the season,’ said Knight.
‘We felt we took a backwards step from the progress we had been making in the last two games and this is what was particularly frustrating.
‘The players – for some reason – just didn’t look up for the game and were not ready like they had been for the previous couple of weeks.
‘We’ve had many talks to the players during the week about the performance and we aim for a much more positive display at the weekend.
‘Other than Saturday, the team have shown great effort and energy throughout the season, despite how tough it’s been, which is a big positive.’
Havant have no new injury concerns and may be boosted by the return of some key players.
Number eight Will Williams should be available, while winger Jaryd Robinson – who also missed the Ampthill game – faces a fitness test.
Centre Darren Bramford is also in the frame.