Havant chief calls on troops to step up

Havant's Lewis Osborne suffered back spasms and was forced off. Picture: Mick Young (123280-17)
Havant's Lewis Osborne suffered back spasms and was forced off. Picture: Mick Young (123280-17)
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Will Knight admits Havant are ‘fighting for their lives’ after a 36-21 defeat to Cobham in London one south.

The Hooks Lane side have not won since Christmas and are now just three points above the drop zone.

Knight now accepts the remaining weeks of the season will be tense as his side aim to avoid a second successive relegation.

‘In many ways, this was our most disappointing performance of the season,’ said the head coach.

‘This was a game we were targeting to win.

‘Some of the players need to go home and take a long hard look at themselves.

‘They need to recognise what needs to be done in the weeks ahead because we will need 100 per cent from everybody.

‘At the moment some are relying on one or two others to drag us over the line.

‘We have some very tough games ahead and we are fighting for our lives.’

Havant will point to the loss of Lewis Osborne 15 minutes into the second half as the turning point.

With the scores at 21-21, the front-row forward was forced off with back spasms.

From that point on the home side took charge to run in three unanswered tries.

Until then, the game had ebbed and flowed.

Ross Parkin, James Reed and Joel Knight all crossed the whitewash for Havant, while the latter added a further six points with his boot.

‘It is looking more and more likely between us and Gosport for the last relegation spot,’ said Knight.

‘They will all be tough games now and we need to show a collective resilience.

‘It should be an interesting final few weeks.’