Hull have scored in every game this season, scoring over two tries a game on average, so to lose 34-0 at Esher was surprising and disappointing.
The long coach journey cannot have helped, but Esher made good use of a following wind to open up a 24-0 lead at the interval.
Three tries to Esher’s Scott, Thompson and Hamilton – all converted by Marley – plus a penalty by the same player, meant that Hull faced an uphill task to get back into the game.
The second period was better, but Esher kept the scoreboard ticking over and a try by Veane converted by Marley and a penalty goal by Marley made up the home side’s total of 34 points.
Hull’s winger Mike Adlard played well and lightened the mood with two try-saving tackles and a couple of typical line-breaking, mazy runs. Hull’s forwards, who have battled manfully this season, were not at their best. Hull will be at home next week against Chinnor and will look to bounce back in their final home game of 2022.