Esher bounc­ing back in fine style

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By ADAM THEOFILATOS

ESHER re­turned from their de­mo­li­tion by Ply­mouth Al­bion to power their way to a com­mand­ing home win over Ross­lyn Park.

A pris­tine cross-kick off from Esher’s Paul Roberts was dropped in goal by Oliver Has­sel­lCollins for Kariym Irv­ing to pounce on it and give the home team the lead in the 14th minute, the con­ver­sion dis­patched by Roberts.

Park found a mo­ment’s re­prieve through Harry Leonard’s penalty but a dropped ball led to Irv­ing col­lect­ing and rac­ing down the wing to bag his dou­ble and the Car­di­nals’ se­cond try.

Esher stretched their lead to 15 points at the break af­ter a dan­ger­ous tackle gifted Roberts his se­cond penalty.

Park launched their come­back through Wil­liam Crow, who dot­ted down near the post for their first try 16 min­utes into the se­cond half for Leonard to con­vert.

Esher replied through a cheeky grub­ber from Irv­ing that found Spencer Suther­land, who stormed over the line in the 69th minute.

The game took an­other turn as Leonard scored and con­verted with seven min­utes to go, but it was in vain when re­place­ment for­ward Matthew Lowes drove over the white­wash to con­firm the bonus-point win for the home side.

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