Knight keen to keep up momentum

Steve Cruddas
Steve Cruddas
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HAVANT end their London One south home campaign against relegation-battling Cobham at Hooks Lane.

Coach Will Knight believes his team can be pleased with their progress, which has seen them establish themselves as a top-six side.

Knight is demanding the team maintain their efforts through to the very end, though, with two league games and a cup final still to play.

‘The final home game, with the presidents lunch taking place,too, is always a big occasion for the club,’ said Knight.

‘It gives us an added incentive to win and it is vital to keep the momentum going.

‘Cobham will arrive desperate for a win because they are in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

‘We also feel we have to put the record straight after they beat us earlier in the campaign.

‘That was one of our worst performances of the season and it would be nice to make amends.’

Havant make a few changes in their starting line-up because of unavailability, with Steve Cruddas returning to the back-row in place of Joe Davis.

With centre James Reed going back to America, veteran war-horse Grant Morris comes into the centre alongside Ben Brierley.

Outside-half Joel Knight, who has missed the second half of the season with a broken thumb, won’t play again this campaign.

His injury could take a couple of more months to heal properly.

‘How we finish this season is important and there is still a lot to play for,’ added Knight.

‘We want to go into the summer break on a high, which will help towards setting us up for next season.

‘A lot of the senior players are also going on tour with the club next month as part of a party 36-strong.’

Havant Colts are in National Plate semi-final action on Sunday, when they host Dartfordians at 2pm.

Meanwhile, Petersfield finish their Hampshire One season with a trip to lowly Farnborough.

Coach Andy Patience will want an improved performance after his team scraped past bottom-of-the-league Alton in their last game.