Knight stays positive for Sidcup visit

Will Knight Picture: Mick Young

Will Knight Picture: Mick Young

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Havant coach Will Knight remains upbeat ahead of his side’s daunting visit to unbeaten London one south leaders Sidcup (3pm).

Knight’s team have lost their opening three games this season but he feels there have been lots of positives to draw upon.

‘Apart from the Gosport defeat we have been very competitive,’ said Knight.

‘We have a fairly new team and are still in the process of bedding in.

‘The more games they play together the more cohesive we will become.

‘We know Sidcup will be tough but we have to go there and be competitive again.

‘Results have been a bit topsy-turvy in this league so far and that encourages us to think we can cause an upset.

‘In the last couple of years we have had a few close games with Sidcup.’

Havant showed a vast improvement against Brighton at Hooks Lane after their dire performance against Gosport & Fareham.

The hosts led at half-time but eventually ran out of gas in the second half.

Knight felt his team took some big steps forward and he is looking for them to build on this.

‘We have got a mobile pack and a good set of backs,’ said Knight.

‘What we need to do is cut out some of the organisational errors we have been making.

‘We can’t afford to repeat them against Sidcup.

‘Looking at the video of our last game it becomes apparent that the game hinged on one or two crucial moments.

‘The rest of the time there was little between the two teams.

‘They have been building a powerful side for the last couple of years and I am not surprised where they are.

‘Though we haven’t had the start we wanted, there is no need to panic.

‘At the moment we are having to shuffle a few things around and that doesn’t help with getting any team consistency.

‘We know that we have a number of quality players to come back and we get stronger as the season progresses.’

Havant have added a number of their successful Dolphins second-team players to their squad for the trip to Kent.

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