Havant chief calls for ruthless streak

Loz Warren-West. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-500)
Loz Warren-West. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142734-500)
Reuben Knight finds space to run in one of Havant's nine tries. Picture: Neil Marshall (180422-190)

Knight: We’ll be back

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Havant coach Will Knight is tipping his team to pick up their first London one south home win of the season against Twickenham tomorrow (3pm).

Twice this season Havant have got themselves into winning positions at Hooks Lane only to be held to a draw.

Knight believes it is time for his team to get themselves over the winning line.

‘It has been extremely frustrating for coaches and players,’ said the head coach.

‘We must start taking opportunities when they present themselves.

‘There is a need for us to show the necessary clear-headedness to close out games.

‘Up until now we have allowed opponents to come back into games we should have killed off.

‘We must be clinical for 80 minutes if we are to get the wins to lift us up the table.’

Knight knows Havant are not a million miles away from making an impact.

They lost by a single point at league leaders Sidcup and drew with second-placed Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon draw was particularly heartbreaking, with the visitors grabbing their equalising try in the last play of the game.

With the referee looking at his watch, Havant had a clearance kick charged down and Wimbledon grabbed the last-gasp try.

‘We know from our performances we can match any team in our league and should not fear them,’ said Knight.

Twickenham, like their hosts, have made a mixed start – winning three games, losing three and drawing one so far this season.

Results have shown London one south is a very unpredictable division with some surprise scores.

Havant know they won’t be able to take anything for granted otherwise they could come unstuck.

The home side are expected to hand a debut to winger Rob Paterson, who has come to the club from the University of Portsmouth.

The student has impressed and gets a deserved chance, while Ben Brierley moves to the centre in place of the unavailable Grant Morris.

Loz Warren-West maintains his position at number eight following a series of good performances.

‘Loz is very much an athlete and also very good in the line-out,’ said Knight.

‘He knows there is a lot of competition for his place but recently he has made it his own.

‘This season he has been seen a lot more with the ball in hand and he has done well.’

Havant are determined to put their frustrations behind them.

Knight remains convinced when his team play to their full potential they are a handful for anyone.

He knows there are still lots of players to return from injury and unavailability.

‘We have 21 injured or unavailable and they will strengthen us on their return,’ said Knight.

‘For now we are focusing on getting that first home win, though.

‘Hopefully we can pick up five points this weekend and start climbing the table.’