Havant suffer second league loss but Knight remains in positive mood

Havant suffered more misery
Havant suffered more misery
Darren Bamford got Havant off to a flying start. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181102-1)

Knight: Havant made big statement with top win

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Havant’S tough start to the season continued as they suffered a heavy 43-0 defeat at Bracknell in National League Three London & South East.

Despite the result, and just like last week in the opening day defeat by Tring, Havant director of rugby Will Knight was encouraged by many aspects of the performance.

‘We dominated the opening and final quarters of the game but in between the Bracknell winger, who scored five tries, crucified us,’ said Knight.

‘He was the main difference between the two sides.

‘Bracknell were a solid side and physically much bigger than us but our forwards stood up well against them.

‘Our scrummage was sound but the line-out needs some improvement.

‘All week at training we worked hard at our defence around the fringes and that paid off as an area of strength for us.’

After doing well at the start, Havant had Wes Westerway yellow carded for a series of team infringements and Bracknell took advantage to open up a 21-0 lead by half-time.

The home side pulled further away in the second half before Havant improved again in the closing stages.

‘We are in a process of rebuilding and are almost starting from scratch,’ said Knight.

‘All our debutants stood up well and it is all about taking small steps forward at the moment.

‘We are slowly getting our performances up and the building blocks are there.’

There were encouraging debuts from ex-Portsmouth University and Hampshire Under-20s’ Will Williams in the second row and hooker Mick Goodger who showed his experience.

The defeat leaves Havant bottom of the league after two games and without a point.