Knight to resist change in search of winning formula

Luke Marks
Luke Marks
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Havant make the trip to Maidstone desperate to rediscover their winning touch in London one south.

Four successive defeats have sent the Hooks Lane side sliding down the league table.

All the losses were by narrow margins, leaving coach Will Knight wondering what might have been.

He insists, though, his team are not far away from getting it right.

‘There is no need for a dramatic change of direction,’ said Knight.

‘We have not been playing badly.

‘I watched the video of our defeat by Sidcup and we played really well.

‘Our defensive shape for much of the game was fantastic.

‘They had an excellent driving maul, though, which they used to hurt us.

‘Apart from that our game was pretty solid.’

Knight is hopeful that he will have the influential pair of Gav Hart and Harrison Young back in the forwards.

Their return will be a big boost, but the coach also paid tribute to some of his regular unsung heroes.

‘Prop-forward Luke Marks has been a real cornerstone for us,’ said Knight.

‘He has been with the club a long time and is very passionate about his rugby.

‘His passion is infectious and spreads throughout the team.

‘We have got character right across the team and Luke Barfoot is another unsung hero.

‘He had a tremendous game last week and is one of those who rarely grab the headlines.

‘There are others, with Jake Reynolds coming in and adding a bit.

‘We also have plenty of talent coming through from our second team the Dolphins, who are having a good season.’

Knight knows, however, that his team need to start winning games on a more regular basis.

They have shown they can compete with and beat the best teams in the league but must achieve that more often.

‘Maidstone are in a similar position to us in the league so this is a big game for both teams,’ added Knight.

‘I am expecting another tight encounter but, hopefully, this time it will be us sneaking over the line.’