Havant buoyed by return of key men

Harry Carr. Picture: Mick Young (151339-15)
Harry Carr. Picture: Mick Young (151339-15)
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Havant have a number of players back fighting fit in their bid to get back on track against Chiswick in London one south.

Up to seven senior players are back in contention as Will Knight’s team look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against bottom of the league Charlton Park.

The head coach admits Havant are heading into the unknown against their newly-promoted hosts.

‘We don’t know a lot about them and I don’t think we have ever played them in the league,’ said Knight.

‘A number of players who have been stalwarts in recent years are back this weekend.

‘Having them back should help us.

‘The most frustrating thing this season has been our inconsistency.

‘We have shown we can beat the best teams in the league but at the same time lose against the bottom team.

‘I am looking for us to string a few wins together.’

In the forwards, Havant have second-row Ross Parkins available for the first time this season.

Jack Ward-Golden and Luke Marks return to the front row and the highly-experienced Joe Davis reappears in the back row.

The three-quarters are also boosted with injured trio Loz Blackburn, Harry Carr and Ben Brierley fit again.

One blow, however, is the loss of top try-scorer Ed Wilkes, who is away for the next few weeks.

‘Whatever team we put out it has been shown you can still come unstuck if you don’t give it 100 per cent,’ said Knight.

‘In our last game we only played for 15 minutes but in that time scored 28 points.’

Fareham Heathens are in great spirits ahead of their Hampshire one clash against Sandown & Shanklin at Cams Alders.

Heathens stormed to an impressive 35-17 win at Fordingbridge to move up to fourth in the league.

‘The mood in the club is very positive and this is a game we always look forward to,’ said Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes.

‘There has always been a good relationship and competitive games between the two clubs.

Locks Heath Pumas travel to second-placed Bognor.