Havant bid to stay in the groove

Wayne John    Picture: Mick Young
Wayne John Picture: Mick Young
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Assistant coach Rob Matthews wants Havant to maintain their winning mentality by beating Sevenoaks at Knole Paddock in London one south tomorrow (3pm).

The Hooks Lane club got themselves back into the groove with an excellent 37-21 home win over Maidstone.

The return to winning ways took them up to fifth in the league and handily placed to put pressure on the top three.

‘It was probably our best team performance so far against Maidstone,’ said Matthews.

‘Our league is the most competitive it has been for years with six or seven teams capable of winning it.

‘This season is all about building momentum for us and we want to keep that going with another win.’

Steve Cruddas, Wayne John and Loz Blackburn are replaced by Joe Davis, Jake Hewitt and Pat Gains.

Fareham Heathens are confident they can keep up their faultless start in Hampshire one as they host New Milton & District at Cams Alders (3pm).

Charles Chipperfield makes his debut at hooker, where he is expected to maintain the strong set-piece standards of the team and enjoy himself in the loose.

Lawrence Cox also makes his eagerly-awaited debut in the second row after injury ruled him out of the last game.

Forwards coach Nick Davis expects another good performance from the pack.

‘The squad have worked really hard in training and I am looking for us to dominate up front again,’ he said.

‘Our discipline and tactical awareness are improving all the time.’

Locks Heath Pumas are relishing the chance to take on Hampshire two leaders Alton at Brookfield School.

Both teams are defending unbeaten records and have ambitions of winning the title.

Pumas, however, have been handicapped by a five-point deduction for failing to fulfil a fixture last season.

‘With our loss of points we obviously don’t want to allow Alton to pull further ahead,’ said vice-chairman George Winch.