Havant devastated after falling to last-gasp defeat 

Joel Knight was on target in Havant's defeat to Sevenoaks. Picture: Keith Woodland
Joel Knight was on target in Havant's defeat to Sevenoaks. Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant were left gutted after falling to an agonising 34-33 London one south defeat against Sevenoaks at Hooks Lane.

Forty-seven minutes had been played in the second half when the Kent visitors bundled over the line for a converted try to win the game.

Will Knight felt the home side’s performance was superb – and deserved to win the clash. 

The senior coach admitted the loss was a difficult pill to swallow.

‘It was tough for us to take after playing so well and deserving to win the game,' said Knight.

‘Even the opposition coaches admitted they had got out of jail.

‘It was a huge step up in performance from us against a very good side.

‘Sevenoaks have beaten the top-two teams in our league and really we should have beaten them.

‘We played out of our skins and were seconds away from a fantastic win.

‘Sometimes, though, when you are down there the luck goes against you.

‘It was such a shame the game slipped away from us in the manner it did.'

It looked like being a long afternoon for Havant when Sevenoaks raced into a 14-0 lead in as many minutes.

The hosts refused to panic, though, and Joel Knight put his side on the scoreboard with a penalty.

Soon after the Hooks Lane outfit struck again with a well-worked try started from inside their own half.

Excellent support play carried the move forward and Mike Brook finished it off with a try converted by Joel Knight.

Another penalty from the captain reduced the deficit to a single point.

Havant continued to press their foot on the gas and took a 23-14 lead into half-time.

Joel Knight knocked over another penalty and then converted a Jerome Trail try.

Sevenoaks started the second period stronger, with two penalties and a converted try ensuring they moved four points ahead.

With three minutes left, though, Havant thought they had snatched the win.

Scott Morris powered over for a converted try quickly followed by another Joel Knight penalty.

Unfortunately the home side put themselves under pressure and conceded a penalty.

The Kent side kicked to the corner and after about 15 phases forced their way over the line.

A successful conversion left Havant in despair.

Nevertheless, Will Knight believes his troops’ performance will help them regain confidence after a slow opening to the season. 

He added: ‘We were all devastated at the end.

‘The players couldn't be faulted because they gave everything.

‘It was a game that just got away from us at the death.

‘The performance shows that when we are on it then we are capable of mixing it with any team in our league.

‘This display will help us get our self-confidence and belief back.

‘We can go into our next games with a far more positive mentality.’