Another bonus for Havant despite defeat

Rob Matthews
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Havant were beaten 31-27 at Sutton & Epsom but did take some consolation from the defeat.

The Hooks Lane outfit picked up their eighth bonus point from nine games this season.

Director of rugby Rob Matthews regarded it as a mixed performance from the Havant side.

He said: ‘Sutton & Epsom are one of the best sides in our league and we ran them close.

‘If we hadn’t gifted them three tries it is a game we could have won.

‘Again we showed we can be a match for any team in our league.

‘We are still a very young team who are learning fast.’

The first-half was a tight affair and Havant trailed 17-10 at the break.

Joel Knight scored a try, a conversion, and a penalty.

But Havant were soon 31-10 down and the game looked to be over.

They battled on, with Niall Copeland scoring two tries and replacement Tim Miller grabbing another.

‘To their credit our lads kept going and were the better side in the final 20 minutes,’ added Matthews.

Meanwhile, United Services had to dig deep to maintain their 100-per-cent record in Hampshire one with a 22-15 local derby success at Fareham Heathens.

Ollie Whitfield and Harry King scored tries for Heathens, with Cam Guthrie kicking a penalty.

Petersfield bounced back to winning ways with a 33-27 win over Fordingbridge at Penns Place.

Struggling Southsea Nomads suffered a 33-17 defeat by Kinsclere in Hampshire two at Furze Lane.