Knight’s men will stand strong as battle rages

Sam Cooksley evades a tackle for Havant last weekend. Picture: Mick Young
Sam Cooksley evades a tackle for Havant last weekend. Picture: Mick Young
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Havant chief rues missed opportunity

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Coach Will Knight believes the excitement will be taken up another notch when Havant travel to Sutton & Epsom tomorrow (2pm).

Fine recent form has seen the Hooks Lane outfit close to removing themselves from the London one south relegation picture.

Two bonus-point wins on the bounce have seen them rise to eighth – 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Last weekend they saw off third-from-bottom Beckenham.

Now they are looking for a repeat result against Sutton & Epsom, who are just one place below them.

But despite the odds at stake, Knight is expecting his side to continue to build on an upsurge in form.

He said: ‘We have been down there over the last couple of seasons so we know what that’s like and the intensity they (Sutton) will be bringing.

‘You always, particularly, want to target a result against the teams who are around you and games like that makes it all the more exciting.

‘It’s easy to get ahead of yourself but the players are playing with a great deal of confidence and there’s real focus in the whole squad, not just the first team.

‘Everyone is starting to push each other on the training pitch.

‘The seconds keep the first team on their toes and that’s all good.

‘It creates pressure and intensity to perform.

‘I seem to say this every week with this league, but they are another solid side – around the same place in the league.

‘They beat us narrowly when we played them at home.

‘We want to build on what we have done so far this year – we can take the confidence – and get another positive result.’

Knight believes his men have more in their locker after the victory at home to Beckenham and wants them to step up another notch.

He added: ‘We were really pleased with the result.

‘We played well in phases of the game and we were certainly deserving of the victory.

‘If I were to be hypercritical, we probably left some opportunities and points out on the pitch so there is more to be done.

‘But it was a good performance against a good Beckenham side who are also scrapping for their lives down at the bottom.

‘So after the win we’re now delighted to be 10 points above the drop zone.’

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