Knight hands out warning ahead of basement clash

Dave Sweeney, centre  Picture: Sarah Standing
Dave Sweeney, centre Picture: Sarah Standing
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Havant coach Will Knight is urging his players to take nothing for granted against London one south basement side Hove at Hooks Lane (2pm).

Improving Havant are sixth in the league and will start tomorrow’s game firm favourites to win.

Knight, however, suspects the game won’t be the foregone conclusion some might be predicting.

‘This is a key game for us in many ways and we can’t take it lightly,’ said Knight.

‘We must approach the game as if we are playing one of the teams at the top.

‘If we are anything less than at our best then Hove are capable of making life difficult for us.

‘Their results this season suggests that they can be a difficult team to play against.

‘Basically it is in our own hands and if we go out and play to our true potential we should beat them.

‘If we are complacent in any way they will make us pay.’

The home side make a couple of changes including one at outside-half where Dave Sweeney is unavailable.

The ever-reliable Pete Living moves into the pivotal position, giving further evidence of his ability to adapt in a number of positions.

Knight regards Living as a talented three-quarter and his propensity to move the ball quickly will bring the other three-quarters into the game.

‘He will get us playing on the gain line,’ said Knight.

Winger Charlie Gardner, who made his debut as a replacement last week, gets his first start at senior level.

His consistent performances with the Dolphins – the second team – have earned him the opportunity which he seems determined to take.

Knight is keen to see Havant chalk up their eighth league win of the season in a bid to reduce the gap between them and the top five.

He feels if Havant can produce their high tempo game from the start they can do just that.

‘We have an athletic set of forwards and possess lots of pace in the backs,’ said Knight.

‘A higher-tempo game suits us but the conditions will dictate the nature of the game a bit.

‘We like to think that this season we have developed a greater ability to play in a number of different ways.

‘When we can play our fast off-loading game, combining forwards and backs, we are at our most dangerous.

‘We feel we have turned a few corners this season both on and off the pitch.

‘It is vital that we keep this momentum going.’

The home side will continue to be without their captain and leading points scorer Joel Knight for a 
few more weeks due to his broken thumb.

Knight junior had to have his thumb wired back together and it is still in a cast.

HAVANT: Gains, Gardner, Wilks E, Read, Wilks J, Living, Reynolds, Marks, Morgan, Ward-Golden, Copeland, James, Brook, Cruddas, Hayler. Replacements: Saliba, Miller, Morris