By MARK BENGOECHEA
PETER WINTERBOTTOM is looking for Esher to deliver a big performance against Leicester Lions on Saturday as they try to keep in touch with the early-season pacesetters in National League Two South.
The Eees Director of Rugby was disappointed with the display at Bury St Edmunds last weekend that saw them slip to their second loss of the campaign in a 24-12 defeat.
It leaves Esher in sixth place after four games and nine points adrift of leaders Tonbridge Juddians. Now Winterbottom says victory is "vital" against the Lions as Esher return to Molesey Road for their second home game of the season.
The Midlands outfit have put aside a heavy defeat at Tonbridge in their opening game to chalk up three straight wins to climb into fourth place in the table and arrive in Surrey boosted by an impressive 39-20 win over previously unbeaten Clifton.
The season may still be in its infancy, but Winterbottom is demanding a big improvement from his side. He said: "It's a massive game and thank God it's at home because that will help things. We need to put in a good performance and front up to get back on track. A win is vitally important.
"All in all, we made a lot of mistakes at Bury and were party to our own downfall really. We had a couple of early chances which we didn't take and ended up 19-0 down at half-time. They had a strong pack who seemed to get stronger and they put a fair bit of pressure on us in the lineout.
"We know we've got a lot of work to do. We've got to tighten up on our set-piece and our general play. We seemed to lose our composure and shape. We've also got to cut down on our mistakes and get our patterns going.
"Leicester are a very different side to Bury. They play a high-tempo game, they look quite a young side and like to get the ball moving so we'll have to get our defence 100 per cent and get our game together ourselves.
"They played well, scored some good tries against Clifton and scrummaged very well too against a side with a reasonable scrum so we know it's going to be difficult."
Winterbottom has made five changes to the side that lost at Bury with three of those in the pack. Dan Lamb steps up from the bench at tighthead prop, Ben Donnell starts at second row and Charlie Gossington returns from injury at openside.
At scrum-half Sam Bullock gets another chance with Jack Walsh back on the bench while Callum Monks starts at full-back in place of Josh Clark