1st XV Match Preview V Esher RFC (Home) Sat 24/09/2011 

BIG MATCH PREVIEW - By Glyn Barlow

 

Saturday sees the end of eight days of rugby for Moseley which includes two Championship games plus a cup match. Weeks don’t come much tougher than this.

 

Last Saturday saw both teams occupying the two bottom places of the league withEsheron the hunt for a first point of the season. While Moseley gained an encouraging first victory of the season last night againstPlymouthin the B&I Cup,Esherhas yet to record a first win although putting this into perspective theSurreyclub has had some tough opening fixtures. An opening weekend loss atPlymouthwas followed by a heavy home defeat toBedford. Things moved back on track last Saturday with a credible loss toNottingham.

 

Last season Moseley andEshermet four times with honours even. Both regular season Matches went toEsherwith Moseley coming good for the playoffs with two wins back to back.  

 

 

28/8

Moseley

17 – 29

Esher

19/2

Esher

34 – 13

Moseley

25/3

Moseley

41 – 17

Esher

2/4

Esher

22 – 27

Moseley

 

 

 

 

In preparation for the new season the Esher playing management has drafted in a number of new players including centre Tom Cheeseman from Harlequins,  Bedford back row Chris Goodman, lock Ian Kench from Nottingham, Nice (France) hooker Stuart Mackie, Wasps & England U20 fly-half Mark Atkinson and centre Andy Wright from Doncaster.

 

A true rugby clubEsherruns seven senior sides plus a full range of mini, Juniors and Colts teams. The club was formed in 1923 and originally player out of a local pub. Promotion into the National Leagues occurred in season 1997/98, reaching National One in 2007/8.

 

Esherwas very unlucky to fall foul of the RFU cull on National One in 2008/9. Having finished fifth from bottom, which would in a normal season have seen been safe, the bottom five clubs all found themselves demoted to what was then renamed National One. Stung into action by the injustice of the previous seasonEsherdominated National One and won promotion straight back into the Championship within one season.

 

For Moseley the team will be looking to bring the sporadic excellent performances seen in matches to date into one complete 80 minute display. It is no surprise that with so many new players and combinations introduced this season it would take a little time for everything to fit into place, but all indications are that progress is being achieved.

 

Clear examples of individual talent are plentiful and a number of new combinations in areas like front row and centre are beginning to develop. Add this to Moseley’s existing areas of strength such as back row and lock and the future is bright.

 

Could this Saturday be the game where it all comes together?