Knight wants men to push on

Darren Bamford's hat-trick wasn't enough for Havant against Sidcup. Picture: Kieth Woodland

Havant coach positive despite play-off misery

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HAVANT head coach Will Knight insists his side must ensure lowly Beckenham leave Hooks Lane empty handed tomorrow (2pm).

Knight’s men have to build on this season’s most complete performance last time out.

Tries from Ben Brierley, James Read, Joel Knight, Jarryd Hayler and a Harry O’Brien double capped a 39-15 victory away to Cobham last Saturday.

That helped ease their own relegation fears at the weekend, moving five points clear of the drop zone.

Beckenham currently occupy the final relegation spot in London one south division and suffered a heavy 49-3 home defeat at the hands of Wimbledon.

Havant won 35-13 back in October in south-east London, so Knight is confident of putting daylight between themselves and Saturday’s opponents.

He said: ‘We were very pleased to beat Cobham, it was a good performance and a very good result but it has been coming for a while now.

‘Finally, we put in an 80-minute performance, with the forwards and backs putting in good performances at the same time.

‘We were at full strength, which for any team at any point in the season is a challenge, and there is now a growing confidence within the squad that they are capable of that sort of performance.

‘This a very young squad on a developmental journey and we are working hard in training.

‘Lots of things are starting to come together to let us put a performance together that we have threatened to do for a while.

‘We have been pushing teams higher up in the division than us and the challenge now is to back it up.

‘We don’t want to be in a dogfight and we know that in this league there is little to choose between most of the teams. We had a good day against them earlier in the season.

‘I expect them to come down and see us as one of those teams they will target for some much-needed points and they will know if they can win they can close that gap.

‘We will be going all out for a win in order to put some daylight between us and them in the league.’

The bonus-point victory back in October was masterminded by Havant captain Joel Knight, with the centre scoring a hat-trick of tries and 10 points with the boot.

But if they are to do the double over Beckenham, Will Knight insists his side have to find a way to replicate their brilliance at the weekend, starting with a solid defence.

‘We know they are well organised and a good side with threats across the entire team,’ he added

‘They have a decent pack and some big heavy boys up front and some pace out wide.

‘If we give them an inch they are more than capable of taking a mile so we cannot afford to give them the space to play.’

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