Lack of hunger hits Havant

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

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Havant crashed to the worst league defeat in their history on Saturday.

Director of rugby Will Knight felt the 99-7 loss at Bishop’s Stortford highlighted the dismal position of the club this season.

They are rooted to the foot of the division three London & south east table – already consigned to relegation out of the National League.

‘We didn’t get off the bus,’ said Knight.

‘In reality it reflected the situation we are in.

‘We are bottom and relegated and they still have an outside chance of the play-offs.

‘That meant they had a hunger we didn’t possess.

‘Losing winger Jarryd Robinson with a dislocated shoulder after 10 minutes only served to compound our problems.’

Bishop’s Stortford shot out of the blocks, scoring three tries in 10 minutes.

‘It was game over very early on,’ said Knight.

‘Unfortunately the players weren’t up to the battle and we found ourselves on the end of a ridiculous beating.’

In Hampshire one, United Services slipped to a disappointing 26-15 defeat at Farnborough.

Coach Simon Burns missed the game as he was away on a charity walk in the Pennines.

Southsea Nomads slumped back to the bottom after losing 20-14 in their relegation clash against Lytchett Minster at Furze Lane.

Petersfield recorded a confident 36-15 success over Ventnor at Penns Place.

In Hampshire two, Fareham Heathens recorded a 9-6 derby win at Locks Heath Pumas.