Havant maintained their 100% record with a hard fought victory on the road at Beckenham. On a dry hard pitch in baking sunshine the visitors tore the home team apart fro 40 minutes before, again, taking the foot off the gas.
Within 6 minutes Ed Wilkes, in his first start this season, had opened the scoring with a well taken try wide on the right.
Beckenham hit back with a penalty for the first of many infringements at the breakdown from both teams. Almost immediately Jerome Trail powered over for a try after a searing break by centre Joe Moore. Joel Knight added the extras.
After another Beckenham penalty Havant went over for their third try this time scored by Rory Penfold,starting on the right wing this week. A deft chip and regather from Ed Wilkes opened up the space and Penfold had too much pace for the Beckenham cover.
Havant were then hit by a yellow card for Andrea Pozzi for not pushing straight at the scrum!
At the first opportunity 5m from the Havant Line Beckenham opted to scrummage against Havant's 7 man scrum. They probably should have taken the penalty as the visitors shoved them off the ball and cleared it deep into their half.
Using the territory well Havant grabbed possession and moved the ball across the line to Penfold who ran through the last defender bouncing him backwards before scoring his second.
With the clock turning red Havant had one more attack. A fantastic break by Skipper Knight and an inside pass to Joe Moore gave the big centre an easy run in under the posts. Knight added the extra 2 for a healthy half-time lead.
Beckenham 6 Havant 31
In a patter that has been seen in the last two games Havant were guilty of taking their foot off the gas after the break, and to Beckenham's credit they kept on coming. The home side crossed twice on 3 and 18 minutes under the post with their centres leading the charge.
With the game becoming increasingly full of niggle the referee was increasingly central to the game. With no continuity or flow being allowed the players of both sides were getting more and more frustrated.
Beckenham spent long periods hammering the Havant line but it was the visitors that scored next with good linking play between forwards and backs a strong break by Scott Morris carrying the ball up into the opposition 22. Richie Janes running hard in support was able to power over to settle Havant nerves.
Havant lost Joe Moore to the sin bin for what the referee adjudged to be a late tackle, and Havant were back defending their line.
The home side hit Havant with 2 further tries and with the running clock well over the 80 it looked like an upset might be on the cards. As the tension rose and with flanker Joe Davis receiving attention 30 metres out. A scuffle broke out in the Havant dead ball area. With players flying in from everywhere the referee eventually arrived and singled out 2 players including Havant Skipper Joel Knight for red cards.
Havant cleared their lines and forced a penalty in the Beckenham 22 which was knocked over by Jake Reynolds to make the game safe.
Havant Coach Will knight reflected on a frustrating afternoon,
"We were great for the first 40 again and should really have put another 30 on them. But we have been guilty of relaxing when we think the job is done. The teams in this league will never give up the fight - we should know that because we are exactly the same. We need to be more ruthless and kill teams off when we have the advantage we had today."
"The players were getting very frustrated because they were not on the same wavelength as the referee."
"We showed in the first period just how dangerous we can be but the boys are very disappointed with how they let things go in the second half."
"The two red cards were a bit of a shock, All the Havant coaches and the DOR were stood 2 metres away from where it all happened and had a perfect view, the ref was a full 25 metres away attending to Joe Davis. There was a lot of handbags but when he pulled out 2 reds I think everyone in the ground was very surprised."
"We have to be happy with 15 points from 3 games but there is a lot to work on before next week."