Havant hold no fear of Gravesend

James Read scored in the win over Chobham last week Picture: Mick Young
James Read scored in the win over Chobham last week Picture: Mick Young
Jerome Trail scored two tries

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HAVANT coach Will Knight insists his side will hold no fear when they host high-flying Gravesend in SSE London one south.

Six places and 28 points currently separate the two sides in the league table, with the Hooks Lane side occupying eighth spot and tomorrow’s vistors sitting pretty in second.

Gravesend’s record to date also makes for impressive reading, with the Kent outfit winning 15 of their 17 matches to date – compared to Havant’s statistics of seven wins and 10 defeats.

However, Havant can boast their own run of form of late, with three wins out of four since Christmas –including last weekend’s 32-24 defeat of Chobham.

And after widening the gap between themselves and the relegation places to 17 points, confidence is starting to flow.

That has left Knight looking to maintain that momentum against Gravesend tomorrow.

‘It would be an upset if we won,’ admitted Knight.

‘The form book tells you that they should win it but we won’t approach the game with a view of damage limitation.

‘We will go out there with a view to getting a result.

‘We have to make sure that our defence is as good as it has been.

‘Chobham scored a few points last week but only through drives at line-outs.

‘Confidence is a huge factor and it means we are getting on the front foot.

‘Last week we managed to play some really inventive stuff and all of our tries came from the backs, which was very encouraging

‘It feels like there’s a sense of building momentum.

‘Confidence is growing and it’s good to see everything we are doing in training is coming to fruition.’

One thing Knight will expect from his side tomorrow will be an improved performance from the last time the two sides met back in October.

In what proved to be a difficult day for both packs, Havant failed to get to grip with the playing conditions and eventually succumbed to a 32-14 loss.

But having identified where their opponents’ strengths lie, Knight knows his side will have to play to their full potential this time around.

‘We played Gravesend up at their place and we didn’t have one of our best games,’ he added.

‘They have got a lot of strength up front and good half-backs so we will have to be at our best if we want to get anything from it.

“They are a very strong unit and have a lot of quality.

‘You can see that when they played us last time and from the results they are having.

‘They are a fabulous club to play against and we are really looking forward to it.’

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