WILL KNIGHT was in positive mood after Havant put in a much-improved display in their 45-29 home defeat to Civil Service.
Director of rugby Knight felt the result did not reflect his team’s display.
And he was pleased with the way his players responded after their cup woe against Gosport last time out.
‘I asked the players for a response and I got one,’ said Knight.
‘The final score didn’t reflect the game and we can take a lot of positives from it.
‘We scored five good tries, one of which was probably our best of the season.’
Winger Jarryd Robinson and hooker Pete Austin went over early on for Havant.
But Civil Service hit back with three tries after the home side had Luke Marks sin-binned.
Richard Burgess-Kelly then reduced the arrears with a try on the stroke of half-time.
Further second-half tries from Ross Parkin and Luke Barfoot got Havant back within four points at 29-33 but Civil Service crossed twice late on.
The game ended a couple of minutes early after Parkin looked to suffer a serious neck injury but it was found to be severe bruising.
Four first-half tries sent Gosport & Fareham on their way to a thumping 49-6 win at Teddington in London two south west.
The title chasers kept firmly on track to see off rivals Wimbledon.
‘We showed that we are a good side,’ said coach Mark Wells.
‘The win moves us a bit further ahead of Wimbledon but we have the tougher run-in.’
Scrum-half Wes Dugan gave his side the perfect start with a try inside two minutes.
The visitors had Gareth Jones yellow carded but they added further tries through winger Vetaia Veiteve and wing-forward Tim Snowden, who crossed twice.
After the break, Gosport added further points through Sam Foster – with a try and drop goal – and a Matt Flower try.
Alex Duncombe kicked four conversions and Ryan Thorne one.
In Hampshire two, Fareham Heathens stayed on the tails of the leading pair with a 31-0 win over bottom side Stoneham.