Pressure off Havant troops in visit to rampant leaders

Havant coach Will Knight. Picture: Mick Young
Havant coach Will Knight. Picture: Mick Young
Steve Cruddas will start for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Havant coach Will Knight knows his team will be up against it at London one south league leaders East Grinstead tomorrow (2.30pm).

But he has backed the Hooks Lane outfit to deliver another sterling performance with the pressure off.

The unbeaten Sussex hosts have been rampant this season – piling up a massive 657 points in 12 games.

Knight believes his team are now equipped for the challenge, though, having steadily improved after a poor start to the campaign.

And he is hoping his troops can give the pacesetters a real headache tomorrow.

‘East Grinstead look to be a class outfit,’ said Knight.

‘Our big advantage is that no one will be expecting us to get anything, so we can go into the contest under no pressure.

‘We have shown in recent games that on our day we can prove a handful for anyone.

‘Our aim is to go there and be competitive and try to maintain the intensity of our latest performances.’

Havant have won their past two games, including an impressive triumph over fourth-placed Wimbledon at Hooks Lane last weekend.

That success moved them into a comfortable mid-table position as they look to rebuild after last season’s relegation from National League rugby.

Knight is pleased with the progress and is convinced confidence is flooding back into his squad.

It has taken them a little while to adjust but they are becoming increasingly competitive.

‘Against Wimbledon we showed great resolve, particularly in the second half when the game could have gone either way,’ said Knight.

‘As it was we took the game by the scruff of the neck, showing a real sense of purpose.

‘I feel – apart from the two teams at the very top of the table – we are capable of beating any other of the teams in this league.

‘Defensively we were very solid against Wimbledon and our forwards displayed a ferocious intensity at the breakdown.

‘We will need to do that again to try and stem the East Grinstead tide.’