Havant encouraged despite heavy loss to East Grinstread

Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

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Havant crashed to a 67-0 thumping at London one south leaders East Grinstead.

There was no way back for the Hooks Lane outfit after they conceded five tries in the opening 20 minutes.

But despite being out of the contest, coach Will Knight was encouraged by the way his men rallied in the second half when playing for pride.

Knight accepted, however, the Sussex side were far too good on the day.

‘They are easily the classiest outfit in our league, possessing strength and power throughout their side,’ said Knight.

‘In that opening burst our defence was just sucked in and they had the pace outside to outflank us.

‘They have a set-up designed to attract very good players and at the moment we can’t compete with that.’

Knight has his eyes set firmly on next week’s local derby against Gosport & Fareham at Hooks Lane.

‘Our focus has to be the next game and we can take encouragement from some of the things we achieved in the second half.

‘When we had the ball in our hands we looked dangerous.’

United Services moved up to second place in Hampshire one with a confident 39-8 dismantling of struggling Petersfield at Penns Place.

Will Blacket scored two tries and Ben Lanigan, James McAvoy, Bob Hoskins, Lewis Andrews and Andy Tart also crossed the whitewash for US.

Dave Flynn added a couple of conversions to see Services leapfrog Fordingbridge and Andover.

Fareham Heathens proved no match for Lymington Mariners and suffered a 62-3 loss at Cams Alders.

Southsea Nomads were handed an 83-0 mauling by Solent University.