Sale FC v Esher

Dec 1, 2018
38 - 44
Full Time



Sale v Esher December 1st2018

Sale FC hosted Esher at the CorpAcq stadium on a gloomy Saturday afternoon.

The visitors were soon on the score sheet with a penalty kick slotted home by Esher fly half Paul Roberts on 3 minutes.

Sale responded quickly with a try in the corner from winger Paulo Odogwu, capitalising on a strong run from Elliot Hodgson and slick handling by Billy Wara. Matt Bradley narrowly missed the conversion attempt.

Within a minute, Esher regained the advantage when an ambitious pass from centre Jack Moorhouse was intercepted by fly half Roberts who ran clear from halfway to score under the posts. Roberts added the extra points to extend the Esher lead taking the score to Sale 5 Esher 10.

Billy Wara and Matt Bradley Combine to prevent a try. (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

On 15 minutes a well organised Esher line-out and forward drive , initially well held up by the Sale defence, concluded with a try by Esher centre Waters, Roberts converting from a tight angle extending the lead to 12 points.

Sale responded immediately with full back Jonty Rawcliffe breaching the Esher defence. beating 3 men before releasing winger Elliot Hodgson who scored in the corner. An excellent kick by Matt Bradley added the extra 2 points reducing the Esher lead to just 5 points after 20 minutes play.

On 25 minutes, a poor Sale line-out gave Esher possession from which centre Strang broke clear to score unopposed. Roberts again converted to add the extra points.

With the passage of play evenly balanced, Sale once again contrived to give Esher the advantage when , having been judged to have conceded a scrum for a knock on , the referee upgraded the decision to a penalty kick following dissent by Dave Seymour. The result kick by Roberts took Esher deep into the Sale 22 metre area, from the Esher line out, the visitors kept control until finally drawing a penalty which also resulted in a Yellow Card for Sale back row forward Tom Ailes.

Roberts was successful with the penalty kick to extend the Esher lead and with Sales 14 men showing determination in defence, Esher were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority. Half Time score Sale FC 12 Esher 27

Within seconds of the restart, Sale, still with a player in the sin bin, spread the ball wide creating another interception opportunity for Esher, just inside the Sale half, which substitute Beckett duly accepted to score under the posts.

Again, Roberts added the extra points, Sale 12 Esher 34

Joe Kelly on the charge (c) Gareth Lyons Photography

5 minutes later , Sale lost possession in the line-out on their own throw , from which Sale recovered possession , only for a forward pass to hand the advantage back to Esher.

From the resulting scrum, a skilful chip landing behind the Sale defence provided the Esher winger Tom James a simple chance to score.

The ever reliable Roberts again converting to take the score to: Sale FC 12 Esher 41 on 45 minutes.

At this point Neil Briggs took the field, Sale camped inside the Esher 22 and proceeded to control the play, taking good line-out ball and driving at the Esher line. During this passage of play Esher substitute Berry was sin binned and from the penalty on 51 minutes, Sale won the resulting line-out and drove over the try line Neil Briggs scoring in the corner.

Bradley missed a difficult opportunity to add the extra points.

Sale conceded a penalty shortly after the restart when attempting to breakout from their 22, the referee awarded a penalty for “crossing”. Roberts again adding the 3 points for Esher.

As the match entered the last quarter , Sale conceded a penalty within kicking distance , Roberts seemed to take some time to set up for the kick , and received suitable encouragement from the home crowd to get on with it! Roberts duly missed, the score remaining on Sale FC 17 Esher 44.

Still 27 points in arrears, Sale continued to take the game to the visitors, a Yellow Card, for Esher full back Simpson.

From the penalty and successful line-out and rolling maul, substitute Dan Birchall drove over to score, successfully converted by Bradley

Within 2 minutes, the process was repeated, this time Neil Briggs scoring, Matt Bradley converted bring the score to Sale FC 31 Esher 44

With Sale very much in the ascendency another yellow card was shown to Esher hooker Hope maintaining Sales numerical advantage.

Still pressing inside the Esher 22, Sale scored another try through Tom Ailes, this time from a scrum, driving through the Esher pack, Bradley adding the extra 2 points.

Despite a spirited comeback by Sale FC the final score was Sale FC 38 Esher 44


This weekend we see the return of Neil Briggs to the lineup after an injury layoff which will provide the added grit that has been missing for a few weeks in his absence. Along with this we see the return of Paolo Odogwu and Matt Postlethwaite returning from Sharks duties. The experiment with Matt Sturgess at Fly-Half proved successful last week so he’s looking to cement that role over the next few games.  We also have some players away with England U20’s duty. Good luck to Ex-Sale M&J Colts player Connor Doherty as well as Nic Dolly, Arron Reed and Kieran Wilkinson.

Esher RFC were Founded in 1923 they first entered the national leagues in 1997 and climbed to the Championship where they spent three seasons (breaking a world record along the way beating Manchester 148-0). They moved back into National 1 in the 2012-13 season and have been there ever since. This season hasn’t been the best and they currently sit 2ndfrom bottom whereas we are in 11th, but, given how strange this league is, we’ve only won one more game than Esher so this game is not even remotely a foregone conclusion. We expect a tough fast game with plenty of points scored. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to Sale FC Rugby and wish them and their supporters an enjoyable day.

Admission to the game

  • Members Free
  • £10 Adult
  • £8 Sale Sharks Season Ticket Holders
  • £8 Concessions (over 65) and Students (with Student ID)
  • Free Under 16’s


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Past Meetings



Date Time League Season Full Time
1st December 2018 15:00 National One 2018-2019 80'


Sale FC Rugby
Sale Rugby Club, Heywood Rd, Sale M33 3WB, UK