Havant devastated after falling to last-gasp defeatÂ
HavantÂ wereÂ left gutted after falling to an agonising 34-33 London one south defeat againstÂ Sevenoaks at Hooks Lane.
Forty-seven minutes had been played in the second halfÂ when the Kent visitors bundled over the line for a converted try to win the game.
Will Knight felt the home side's performance wasÂ superb '“Â and deserved to win the clash.Â
The senior coachÂ admitted the lossÂ was a difficultÂ pill to swallow.
'˜It was tough for us to take after playing so well and deserving to win the game,' said Knight.
'˜Even the opposition coaches admitted they had got out of jail.
'˜It was a huge step up in performance from us against a very good side.
'˜Sevenoaks have beaten the top-two teams in our league and really we should have beaten them.
'˜We played out of our skins and were seconds away from a fantastic win.
'˜Sometimes, though, when you are down there the luck goes against you.
'˜It was such a shameÂ the game slipped away from us in the manner it did.'
It looked like being a long afternoon for HavantÂ when Sevenoaks raced into a 14-0 lead in as many minutes.
The hosts refused to panic, though, and Joel Knight put his side on the scoreboard with a penalty.
Soon after the Hooks Lane outfitÂ struck again with a well-worked try started from inside their own half.
Excellent support play carried the move forward and Mike Brook finished it off with a try converted by Joel Knight.
Another penalty from the captainÂ reduced the deficit to a single point.
Havant continued to press their foot on the gas and took a 23-14 lead into half-time.
Joel Knight knocked over another penalty and then converted a Jerome Trail try.
Sevenoaks started the second period stronger,Â with two penalties and a converted try ensuring they moved four points ahead.
With three minutes left,Â though, Havant thoughtÂ they had snatched the win.
Scott Morris powered over for a converted try quickly followed by another Joel Knight penalty.
Unfortunately the home side put themselves under pressure and conceded a penalty.
The Kent side kicked to the corner and after about 15 phases forced their way over the line.
A successful conversion left Havant in despair.
Nevertheless, Will Knight believes his troops' performance will help them regain confidence after a slow opening to the season.Â
He added: '˜We were all devastated at the end.
'˜The players couldn't be faulted because they gave everything.
'˜It was a game that just got away from us at the death.
'˜The performance shows that when we are on it then we are capable of mixing it with any team in our league.
'˜This display will help us get our self-confidence and belief back.
'˜We can go into our next games with a far more positive mentality.'