Knight issues Havant rallying cry

Havant coach Will Knight
Havant coach Will Knight

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Havant coach Will Knight has challenged his players to stand up and be counted when they host Wimbledon in a London one south fixture at Hooks Lane (2.30pm).

Fourth-placed Wimbledon will present a tough test but Knight believes his team are capable of causing an upset.

‘After our recent improvement we feel we can go into this game with a realistic chance,’ said Knight.

‘Wimbledon are a good side who are capable of running the ball from all areas.

‘It is important, therefore, that we work hard on our ball retention and don’t allow them opportunities to make use of their strengths.

‘We can then create a platform to allow us to launch our own attacks from the right areas.

‘If we can do that then this is a game we absolutely feel we can get something from.’

With conditions likely to be heavy underfoot, it could be a case of which team can adapt the best.

The home team may have to limit their ambitions if they are to stand a chance.

‘In the league, sometimes it is more important to grind out a result rather than throwing the ball about,’ said Knight.

‘For us it could be down to playing the percentages.

‘It’s all about looking after the ball and using it effectively when we get the chance.’

Gosport & Fareham entertain Portsmouth University in the quarter-finals of the HSB Hampshire Cup at Gosport Park (2.30pm).

The hosts have ambitions of going one better than last season when they were beaten finalists.

‘Now that Basingstoke have been knocked out we feel, along with Havant and Portsmouth, that we are one of the favourites,’ said Gosport coach Simon Pickett.

‘We struggled a bit in the last round against Southampton University Hospitals because we tried to be too expansive early on.

‘Portsmouth University will pose us similar problems so we won’t be making the same mistake twice.’

The home side are virtually at full-strength.

United Services Portsmouth’s Hampshire Vase tie against Chineham has been postponed because the visitors have a league game.

Fareham Heathens take on Portsmouth II in a friendly at Rugby Camp.