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Late Scott Jordan try brings Wharfedale victory
Wharfedale 20, Esher 19
Esher travelled north hoping to maintain their excellent start to their SSE National League One season, but Wharfedale were ready and knew that they were getting stronger with each passing week.
Esher started the better and hardly broke sweat in taking a 6-0 lead after five minutes with two penalties from Luke Daniels, but back came Wharfedale, good pressure resulting in a penalty kick from Tom Barrett.
However, the Surrey visitors replied with another Daniels penalty to make it 9-3.
The first try of the game came after 26 minutes.
Esher's line worked well all afternoon and it was from this platform that they moved first left and then stretched the defence running right, good numbers and good support leading to Daniels scoring a fine try which he could not convert.
But back came the home side and two more penalties from Barrett meant at the end of an entertaining first half, the visitors were in front 14-9.
Dale were playing with the slope and a slight breeze in the second half.
They started well but fell further behind after four minutes with another unconverted Daniels try after more good running and support play.
However, Wharfedale mounted more and more pressure and the boot of Barrett brought them to 19-15 behind with ten minutes to go.
Wharfedale sensed a deserved victory and took the match with a try in the last minute by Scott Jordan.
For once Barrett did not convert but the home support, which had helped in this fine win, went home rejoicing.
Star man: Richard Brown (Wharfedale)
Referee: Andrew Jackson
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