Esher target hat-trick

By MARK BENGOECHEA

ESHER will be hunting a third straight league win when they take on Old Redcliffians at Molesey Road on Saturday as they attempt to keep in touch with the National League Two South promotion contenders.

Peter Winterbottom's side claimed their fourth victory of the season last weekend when they picked up maximum points following a 38-6 victory over local rivals Sutton and Epsom.

A penalty try plus touchdowns from Joe Beckett, Cam Gentles, Cam Leigh and captain Tristan Roberts completed an impressive victory in difficult wet conditions at Rugby Lane.

And Director of Rugby Winterbottom was equally delighted with another fine defensive display at Sutton and Epsom as some determined tackling throughout denied the home side a consolation try.

But Winterbottom will maintain there is no room for complacency for Esher, who have risen to fifth place in the table but remain 10 points behind leaders Tonbridge Juddians, who have won all six matches.

The Eees will start as favourites against Old Redcliffians, who have shrugged aside a difficult start to the campaign to climb to 12th spot in the table.

The Bristol side lost their first three games and suffered heavy defeats by Henley (50-0) and Tonbridge (46-17) after losing narrowly at Worthing (27-20) on the opening day.

However, Old Redcliffians ended that losing run with an impressive 21-8 victory over Old Albanian and made it back-to-back wins by beating bottom side Westcliff, only to go down 31-15 to local rivals Clifton last Saturday.

Winterbottom makes three changes to the Esher side that started at Sutton and Epsom last Saturday with Leigh starting at tighthead prop in place of Xavier Valentine while in the back row, Rob Dudley-Jones starts at No8 alongside Cam Wilkins and Ben Davies.

There is just one change to the backs division with Callum Monks, who was a late withdrawal from the starting line-up at Sutton and Epsom, restored at full-back. 

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