‘Disjointed’ Havant are beaten by determined Charlton Park

Havant's Pat Gains touches down for a try against Charlton Park. Pic Mick Young
Havant's Pat Gains touches down for a try against Charlton Park. Pic Mick Young
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HAVANT paid the price for a careless performance as they slipped to a 30-28 London one south defeat against Charlton Park at Hooks Lane.

Head coach Will Knight was not happy with the way his players performed against the side who were bottom of the table going into the match.

Ed Wilkes scores a try. Pic Mick Young 151765-03

Ed Wilkes scores a try. Pic Mick Young 151765-03

He said: ‘It was a disjointed performance from us and we only have ourselves to blame,’ said Knight.

‘We only played in fits and starts and in reality were only on our game for about 15 minutes of the contest.

‘Charlton Park were desperate to win and that showed.

‘All their tries came from close-range and we allowed them to get into those positions.

‘It was our errors that enabled them to set up attacking positions.

‘We looked nowhere near as organised and well-drilled as we have in recent games.

‘The biggest frustration is that our opponents were there ready for the taking.’

Havant conceded two tries early on, one of which was converted.

The home side showed signs of stirring when Dave Sweeney kicked through for Ed Wilkes to score.

Both teams exchanged penalties before Charlton Park snatched a third try which again came from a line-out drive close to the home line.

Havant hit back before half-time with a second Joel Knight penalty and a converted try from Pat Gains.

‘After trailing by so many points at one stage we were happy to go in 23-18 down at half-time,’ said Knight.

‘We were reasonably happy because we were turning round to have the wind behind us.’

Havant edged ahead at the start of the second half when Joel Knight scored a try, which he converted himself, after a powerful break by Darren Bamford.

Leading 28-23 Havant looked set to go on and close out the game for a win.

It was Charlton Park, though, who snatched the winning try, five minutes from the end, with a drive, following a scrum close to the home line.

‘It is massively disappointing that we didn’t finish them off,’ said Will Knight.

‘We made far too many errors.

‘I find it frustrating that the things we work at in training go out of the window in the heat of battle.

‘Players were jumping out of the defensive line and getting themselves in the wrong positions to make the tackles.

‘We have certainly got the talent in our squad to be successful.

‘Our cause isn’t being helped by the fact we find ourselves making four or five changes each game.

‘Players need to train and play alongside each other on a regular basis.

‘We were also missing a couple of experienced players who can make a difference in tight games like this.’