Esher 26 Wharfedale 8: Spirited ‘Dale return empty-handed

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A more spirited performance by Wharfedale still ended with Esher grabbing a five-point win and Dale travelling back up the M1 with only congratulations from the Esher supporters for the way they contributed to a fine open game of rugby, which ended 26-8 to the hosts.

Dale had their share of possession and territory but lacked the clinical finishing shown by the southerners. Esher had the strong breeze in the first half and led 14-3.

Their two tries came from centre, Joseph Brown, who joined the line at pace and two clean breaks allowed him to touch down under the posts. Alistair Chisholm slotted both conversions. Dale’s only score was a penalty from Lloyd Davies.

The visitors had chances to score in the second half and the score may just have flattered Esher. Harry Lightfoot-Brown scored first for Esher before Wharfedale crossed to bring their travelling support hope of a revival. Andy Hodgson scooped up a low pass and went through the defence. The wind got the better of both conversion attempts.

Esher showed more decisive finishing when Alistair Chisholm scored their fourth.

‘Dale put lots of effort in but lacked the cutting edge to break down a resolute Esher defence.

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