Havant end campaign in defeat

Loz Warren West was among the try-scorers for Havant at Wimbledon Picture: Mick Young
Loz Warren West was among the try-scorers for Havant at Wimbledon Picture: Mick Young
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Havant ended their London One South campaign in disappointing fashion with a 50-21 defeat in a feisty affair at Wimbledon.

The depleted visitors were hit by unavailability before the game and suffered further blows in the early stages.

Second row forward Dan Roberts broke his wrist after 25 minutes and five minutes later team-mate Dom Bellman was sent off along with one of the opposition for fighting.

‘It was a typical end of season affair and pretty awful,’ said coach Will Knight.

‘We had people playing out of position and included three people who have played little rugby this season.

‘Under the circumstances the result wasn’t unexpected.

‘We did improve in the second half when we were more competitive.’

Havant made the worst possible start conceding three quick tries to leave themselves with a mountain to climb.

The visitors improved, though, and eventually scored three tries through Lewis Osborne, Loz Warren West and Loz Blackburn.

‘We have made further progress this season and secured our status with six games left to play,’ said Knight.

‘When we took over two seasons ago it was always regarded as a three-year project.

‘We have been able to blood a number of players coming through our Academy and things are looking rosy for next season.

‘Hopefully we have learned that we cannot afford to keep giving opposition starts because that has killed us a number of times this year.’

United Services Portsmouth brought the curtain down on their Hampshire One season by unexpectedly conceding the trip to Millbrook because they couldn’t raise a team.

Outgoing director of rugby Simon Burns admitted it was a sad way to finish what has been a successful season.

‘There is always a problem with Service personnel availability at Easter,’ he said.

‘Last season we put in some second team players but they ended up getting badly injured and we weren’t prepared to do that again.

‘ I have had a good three years at Services but I am now moving on into a teaching job.’