Ady Adams was encouraged with his side’s showing despite Havant slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Old Georgians on Saturday.
The loss ended their 100-per-cent winning record and meant their opponents leapfrogged them to the top of South League premier division one.
However, Adams was not too disheartened by the result and believes the tables will be turned when Old Georgians make the return visit to Havant College.
He said: ‘I was impressed with how we battled and carried on, it shows how much we’ve improved.
‘The fact it finished 1-0 shows the respect both teams had for each other.
‘I’ve seen enough in the performance to feel we can beat them at our place.’
There were chances for both sides in the opening few minutes, with Mike Deller-Merricks and keeper Ben Cowling seeing goalmouth action at opposite ends of the pitch.
Havant were undone three minutes into the second half, after what has now become a customary lapse in concentration.
Old Georgians turned the ball over in the visitors’ half and their forward rounded Sandeep Singh and slipped the ball into the circle, where a team-mate was waiting to turn the ball past Cowling.
Havant missed a good chance to level the score in the 44th minute when Maciej Janiszewski could not get a touch on the ball.
Worse was to come for Adams’ side shortly after when last season’s player of the year, Ollie Nail, hobbled off with a hamstring injury.
Despite this setback, Havant continued to move forward and an overhead pass by James Lester across the pitch found James Speke free in the circle, but he could not control the ball.
Cowling continued to thwart James Tindall’s efforts, while at the other end it just wasn’t the away side’s day.
Adams admitted playing on a sand-based pitch did affect his players’ performance when it came to penalty corners as it made the surface bobbly and made life difficult for Singh to get a clean strike.
‘We maybe lacked a bit of nous and their experience told in the end,’ added Adams.
‘Games like that get decided by individual brilliance or an error and we were on the back end this time.’