Havant deliver Christmas bonus

Luke Marks. Picture: Mick Young
Luke Marks. Picture: Mick Young
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Will Knight received an early Christmas present as Havant beat Bracknell 23-15 to record their first National three London & south east win of the season.

The Hooks Lane director of rugby watched his side score four tries to secure a bonus-point win on home turf.

And it came as a major boost to their confidence ahead of the two-week festive break.

‘It has been a long time coming but this win is crucial and very timely,’ said Knight.

‘We know we are in a mini league of four teams at the bottom of the league.

‘And we know we have to pick up points against the others if we are to stand any chance of surviving.

‘Despite the win we are under no illusions and still have a mountain to climb.

‘What it does is give us is a bit of a lifeline and shows the players they are capable of winning.

‘The players have now experienced the buzz of winning a game.

‘And that should prove further motivation to go on and do it again.

‘Most pleasing was the fact it came from a good performance.

‘All the things we have been working on in training were put into practice.’

Havant started well and opened the scoring with a try after five minutes.

The home side worked their way close to the Bracknell line before Tommy Horn drove over from a line-out.

Bracknell hit back with a similar score to level the clash soon afterwards but Havant responded in the correct fashion on the half-hour.

Good work from the forwards set the score up and when the ball was sent wide, centre Darren Bamford went over for a try.

The visitors then knocked over a penalty but Havant retained a 10-8 advantage at the break.

Havant started the second period strongly, stretching their lead to 23-8 with further tries from Luke Marks and Dom Porter while Pat Gains also added a penalty. Bracknell managed a converted try before the end but Havant held out for a deserved win.

‘We smothered Bracknell and gave them very little all afternoon,’ said Knight.

‘Our defence at times was phenomenal and stemmed from a huge commitment and effort from the players.

‘All four of our tries were good and resulted from hard work on the training ground.

‘It is important the players can see that when they put things into practice they work.

‘It is just one win and we still have a long way to go but it shows when we get our full strength side out we can win games.’