'˜One that got away' as Havant suffer defeat at Dartfordians

Will Knight felt it was one that got away as Havant went down to a 30-21 London one south defeat at Dartfordians.

Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 2:44 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 3:53 pm
Havant's Scott Morris. Picture: Neil Marshall

The head coach admitted his side need to get a win from somewhere after suffering a fourth-straight defeat.

Confidence is badly lacking and the team were unable to prosper after seemingly getting a platform in the match.

Knight said: '˜It is a massively disappointing result.

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'˜There is no doubt we should be competing and beating Dartfordians.

'˜At the moment we are just a team struggling without confidence.

'˜We all know how important a bit of momentum is in rugby.

'˜It is something we need to find so we can get on a bit of a role.

'˜That is proving difficult for us at the present time.

'˜This is one that got away.

'˜When we got back to 16-14 in the second half we felt we were the better team, playing the better rugby.'

Scott Morris crossed for both the Havant tries with Joel Knight kicking three penalties.

Fareham Heathens bounced back to winning ways by beating Portsmouth II 31-0 at Rugby Camp.

That was a nice boost for the team.

Head coach Dave Wheaton said: '˜We all felt the defeat against Sandown was only a blip.

'˜The mind set and determination was evident from the start. 

'˜Andy Burns crossed the line for a well-worked catch-and-driving-maul try within the first five minutes of the game. 

'˜Our defence was solid throughout the game.'

Wing forward Rikky Curtis produced a stand-out display, scoring a hat-trick of tries. 

Locks Heath Pumas had to settle for a losing bonus point in their 16-13 Hampshire one defeat against Ellingham & Ringwood.

In the wet conditions forward power and the team that made the least mistakes would win the game.

Pumas struck first with an opening try after five minutes.

Outside-half Kent Streek gathered the ball and fed James Campbell for the try converted by Robbie Connell.

Then Connell added a penalty but a try and two penalties left Pumas trailing 11-10 at the break.

In a cagey second half all the Pumas could manage was another Connell penalty.

Team manager and injured captain Joel Stocker said: '˜The conditions were tough and we were disappointed to lose.

'˜But we are building a great squad and are looking positively towards the future.'