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Esher vs Hull Match Reaction




TOM CHEESEMAN admits he was was delighted with Esher’s 38-27 victory over fellow strugglers Hull Ionians that eased their relegations fears.


The Eees have been sucked into National One relegation trouble after a nightmare run of seven games without a win.


But Saturday’s bonus-point victory over Hull has given them vital breathing space as they enter the final third of the campaign.


Esher remain in 12th spot, six points clear of Loughborough Students and 10 of Hull, but their rivals have a game in hand.


However, assistant coach Cheeseman insists confidence is high after the six-try victory over Hull that avenged a 43-28 defeat in October.


Esher had the bonus point wrapped up just after the half hour mark with tries from Thomas James, Chris Arnold, Ben Loader and Charlie Gossington as they stormed into a 26-3 lead.


They added further scores through Andy Garner and Hugo Seccombe and the only blot on the day was that they allowed the visitors to collect a four-try bonus point as Sam Rees completed a hat-trick of tries.


Cheeseman said: “We got what we wanted but we probably allowed Hull a few more points than we should.


“But at the end of the day its all about the W, especially on your home patch, and if you scores four tries and get the extra point, it’s perfect.


“The work ethic was excellent. We played for the 80 minutes and the points we conceded all came from individual mistakes, which let the team down.”


Cheeseman says Esher are trying not to let any relegation worries inhibit their preparations as they now face a tough trip to Birmingham Moseley aiming to end their shocking away record.


Esher have lost all nine games on the road and are desperate to end that run as they bid to climb towards safety.


He said: “We don’t really talk about relegation. The work in advance is all just about getting that W and keeping that distance from the relegation zone.


“Every home game is a cup final for us and we have to make sure we get something from it, especially the Ws at home, and then scrap for everything away.


“But it’s a bizarre league. Every team on their day can turn over anybody. Blackheath turned over Coventry, then Blackheath went to Hull and Hull turned over Blackheath.


“Birmingham Moseley will be tough but we have a crop of guys who have the ability to win any game in this league.


“It’s about putting it together for the 80 minutes. We  conceded a few tries through individual errors or mentally switch off but we always seem to score points. But, yes, we do need to tighten up on the errors.


“It's frustrating and today was a perfect example. We got up 20 points and then conceded two soft tries at the end and allowed them to have a point. That’s a negative but overall we got the W and the four-try bonus point and we’d have taken that before kick-off.”


With Hull occupying a relegation place and 10 points adrift of Esher but with a game in hand, the Eees will be hoping that late blip does not come back to haunt them.


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