Havant out to maintain unbeaten home record

Havant are determined to defend their unbeaten home record as they host Dover in London one south at Hooks Lane (3pm).

Friday, 28th October 2016, 8:30 am
Jerome Trail

Will Knight’s team are in buoyant mood following their outstanding 46-31 home win against Tottonians last time out.

Knight is demanding his side carry on from where they left off from their derby victory.

‘We are very keen to build on what we achieved in the last game,’ said Knight.

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‘Dover are not having the greatest of times at the moment and we must look to exploit that.

‘Our goal is to be in the mix at the top come the end of the season.

‘To do that we need to make sure that we pick up as many points as possible available to us.

‘If we get chances of turning wins into bonus point wins then we have to take them.

‘This league is so tight that bonus points can make all the difference in the final reckoning.

‘A couple of points here and there will make all the difference.

‘At the same time we must guard against any complacency.

‘We have already lost twice, both away from home, so we cannot afford to make too many mistakes.

‘We know from the past that Dover can be a tough nut to crack and we mustn’t underestimate them.’

Havant make a couple of changes, with Jerome Trail coming in at hooker to replace the unavailable Steve Cruddas.

Also in the front-row, Justin Powell replaces Luke Marks, who has picked up a knock.

Dan Munden is also injured so Nathan Bellman returns in the back-row.

In London two south west, Portsmouth travel to mid-table London Exiles needing a win to pull out of the bottom two.

The visitors have struggled to achieve any consistency so far this season.

Their performance in the 40-32 home defeat by unbeaten league leaders London Cornish was typical of their efforts.

In spells they played some real good rugby but at other times were equally poor.

‘Having seen how we can play in patches it was disappointing not to come away with the win against Cornish,’ said senior coach Ben Dudley.