Winger Jarryd Robinson will miss Havant’s clash with Sidcup at Hooks Lane tomorrow (2.30pm).
The flyer picked up a shoulder injury in training with England sevens in midweek.
It’s a big blow for Havant, with Robinson – who scored four tries on his return to the side against Cobham recently – only back at the club for a short spell.
He is heading to New Zealand before Christmas, to play rugby out there.
Coach Will Knight knows his team will miss Robinson but is backing replacement Matt Hart to deliver the goods.
‘Losing Jarryd is a blow because he showed against Cobham that he is a big threat and a very effective finisher,’ said Knight.
‘Fortunately, we have Matt Hart to come in and he is a player who always gives 110 per cent.
‘Matt has come back into the game after three years out and is starting to make his mark again.
‘He’s not the biggest player but I’ve never seen him shirk a tackle in training or in a game.
‘I have every confidence that he will do an excellent job for us.’
Havant need to get back on the winning track after slipping to a disappointing defeat at Beckenham last game out.
Knight’s side got themselves into a winning position in the first half playing against the elements, only to throw the game away after the break.
The home side can ill-afford to squander the points as they look to improve their league position before Christmas.
‘Beckenham must have thought Christmas had come early for them,’ said Knight.
‘We must make sure that we don’t gift Sidcup with any early Christmas presents and are targeting a win.
‘If we are to do that, our two main targets are consistency and better decision making.
‘We are playing excellent rugby in spells but spoil it by making basic errors.
‘There is a need to play percentage rugby at times, get ourselves into the right position and take advantage of that.’
Havant are entering an important spell of the season.
Results between now and the Christmas break will determine if they are going to find themselves embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
‘We have to start picking up points to put ourselves in a more comfortable position,’ said Knight.
‘It is a defining part of the season for us.’
The home side are boosted by the return of captain Joel Knight after sickness and also have Nathan Ballman and Rob Elsmore back in the forwards.
Havant: Morris, Blackburn, Read, Knight, Hart, Living, Davenport, Elsmore, Austin, Osborn, Roberts D, Parkin, Roberts J, White, Bellman. Replacements: Ward-Golden, Sweeney.