Loz at ruthless best as Knight’s men claim huge win

Loz Blackburn has been in fine form all season for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (123992-10)
Loz Blackburn has been in fine form all season for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (123992-10)
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Havant chalked up a ‘fabulous’ win over Beckenham to boost their London one south survival chances.

Head coach Will Knight was delighted to see his men record back-to-back wins as Loz Blackburn helped himself to a hat-trick of tries at Hooks Lane.

The victory saw Knight’s men leapfrog Cobham and Haywards Heath to ninth spot in the table – alleviating their drops fears.

‘This is a fabulous win in the context of our situation,’ said the Havant chief.

‘That makes it back-to-back wins and it couldn’t have happened at a more important time.

‘Every player knew going into the game how important it was and it is the best we have played for two seasons.

‘We needed to win because Gosport & Fareham are breathing down our necks.

‘This win has brought other teams into the equation but to secure safety we need to maintain this level of performance.

‘Since Christmas we have had a rough time on a number of fronts but the players showed they have grown in confidence.’

Havant looked focused from the start and took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of veteran Dylan Rubenheimer.

Though Beckenham hit back with a penalty before half-time, Havant opened up a 22-6 lead, with further tries from Joel Knight, Loz Blackburn and Liam Davenport.

Havant then killed off any chance of a fightback with ruthless efficiency.

Josh Blackburn, Loz Blackburn, twice, Knight, again and James Reed all crossed for further tries.

Beckenham managed a late consolation but by then the home side were out of sight.

And Knight was full of praise for the lethal finishing of Loz Blackburn.

‘He went away last summer and worked at improving his game,’ he said.

‘Apart from his pace he is physically very strong and has developed into a class finisher at this level.

‘More often than not he takes his opportunities and has become a real asset.

‘He is a serving Royal Marine, he is in the navy squad and has to be in with a very good shout for a place in their team against the army at Twickenham.’