Esher challenged to set record straight


PETER WINTERBOTTOM says Esher are determined to set the record books straight against Worthing Raiders on Saturday and make amends for their disappointing display in Sussex in November.

The Eees produced a below-par performance at Roundstone to slide to a 20-15 defeat, which saw their five-match winning run in National Two South end abruptly.

Esher Director of Rugby Winterbottom admits his side were not mentally switched on and struggled to match their opponents from the start and is demanding a vastly improved display at Molesey Road.

Winterbottom's side go into the clash buoyed by a fine 34-10 victory over Barnes last Friday, which stretched their unbeaten league run to five matches to keep them in seventh place.

The Raiders sit three places below Esher in 10th and have won just one of their last seven games, a 34-29 win at Westcliff last month. That ended a run of five straight defeats, although that sequence included a tough run of fixtures which included the top four sides, Henley, Tonbridge, Taunton and Redruth.

Winterbottom said: "We want to put the record books straight and we're looking for a good performance. Training has gone well and the mood in the camp is good and I think they'll get themselves in the right frame of mind to put a performance together.

"The game at Worthing was one of the days where we didn't turn up with the right attitude. We looked very flat right from the start of the game and Worthing were certainly up for it. They dominated the collisions, they dominated possession and their kicking game was very good and put a lot of pressure on us.

"We had our moments where we responded but, ultimately, it was a below-par performance. In fairness to Worthing, they played well, their forwards were very committed, and their kicking game really punished us."

Winterbottom will be hoping for a repeat of the display against Barnes last Friday which completed the double over their local rivals. He said: "We dominated for most of the game and it was a very good second-half performance against the wind.

"There were some good individual performances and all in all it was a good day at the office and a very good victory."

Esher make three changes to the side that beat Barnes with Adam Bullett restored to the starting line-up in the second row alongside Hugh Sloan.

The other changes are at half-back with Sam Bullock coming in for Jack Walsh at scrum-half while Tristan Roberts steps in for James Chaumeton at No10.

Cam Gentles is also available and starts on the bench and is joined by Lorcan Dow, Osh Kearney, Gaz Lewis and Walsh.

Esher v Worthing postponed. Lunch goes ahead
Esher 1st XV line up to face Worthing

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