Knight keen to upset Chobham

Joe Davis Picture: Mick Young
Joe Davis Picture: Mick Young
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Havant face their sternest London One south test so far this season when they come up against unbeaten league leaders Chobham at Hooks Lane.

Head coach Will Knight is under no illusions of the difficult task his side faces but won’t rule out an upset.

‘Chobham reached the play-offs last season and are again looking very strong,’ said Knight.

‘Our league is very competitive from top to bottom, though, and results suggest any one can be beaten.

‘Chobham may be unbeaten but they have been involved in a number of close games.

‘On our day, we can be a handful for any team in our league.

‘If we are to upset Chobham, though, we will need to be far more precise and clinical in the final attacking third.

‘We have been creating lots of try-scoring opportunities and in our home games against Dover and Twickenham we capitalised on them.

‘Unfortunately, against Sutton & Epsom in our last game we failed to do that.

‘We left at least 20 points out on the pitch and you can’t afford to do that at this level.

‘Our composure and decision making needs to be better against the top of the league.

‘Our players were gutted by the result against Sutton because they had all the play in the opening half hour yet found themselves 14 points behind.

‘They did lots of good things and we need to build on those.’

The home side hope to have experienced back-row forward Joe Davis back for his first game this season.

He has been ruled out by injury but Knight is optimistic that he is ready to return.

That would give him a vastly-experienced back-row of Davis, Steve Cruddas and Gav Hart.

Their experience and ability could prove crucial against a successful outfit like Chobham.

Knight insists his team won’t be going into the game with an inferiority complex.

‘We will give Chobham the necessary respect but we will be going out to attack them,’ said Knight.

‘It is no good us sitting back and wait for them to take charge.

‘The key focus for us will be taking our chances when they come along.’