Havant buzzing going into game against Camberley

Jerome Trail will have to wait for his Havant comeback Picture: Neil Marshall
Jerome Trail will have to wait for his Havant comeback Picture: Neil Marshall
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Will Knight is backing Havant to finish a difficult first half of the season in London One south with victory against Camberley.

The Hooks Lane outfit go into the game 11th in the table following last weekend's 33-22 victory over Tottonians.

And head coach Knight believes his side can go into the contest against the fourth-placed visitors without any fear.

Last weekend’s victory boosted morale in the team following three straight defeats.

Meanwhile, the style of the win also proved encouraging – and that has been reflected in the mood around the club.

There’s a real buzz in camp, which is something Knight wants to take into Saturday’s game.

Knight said: 'There is a feeling that the team have stepped up their performance in recent games.

'This is another great opportunity for us to put a marker down against another top team.

'There won't be any complacency and the aim is to keep building and improving week by week.

'We are certainly aiming to be far more competitive than we were against Camberley at the start of the season.

'It won't be easy because our opponents are a well-resourced club.

'They have also been putting a number of other teams to the sword and are the second-highest points scorers in our league.

'In recent games, though, we have had a lot more to be positive about.'

The home side are still without a number of key players.

Captain and outside half Joel Knight won't be fit until after Christmas.

Powerhouse hooker Jerome Trail is keen to return but isn't yet fully fit.

Richie Janes has finally succumbed to a number of injuries and Harrison Young remains another absentee.

On a positive note, however, the hosts are boosted by the inclusion of the Bruce brothers, Alex and Fraser, forming a second-row partnership.

Experienced hooker Steve Cruddas is the perfect replacement for Trail.

'We have used more players than maybe we wanted to in the first half of the season,' added Knight.

'But the players who have come in have worked incredibly hard.

'We are starting to see the benefits of that.

'Players are stepping up to the plate and doing the business.

'Dan Munden is a prime example.

'He was outstanding against Tottonians and looked back to his best.

'We will need to be at our best because we have difficult games against Brighton and Chichester to follow.'