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Lyn Jones was more than satisfied with his sides evenings work at Esher on Friday (September 30), but stressed that there is plenty more to work to do to turn London Welsh into Championship title contenders.

Jones watched the Exiles run in four tries in a 37-3 derby victory over Esher at Molesey Road to top the table over night until the Cornish Pirates win at Plymouth Albion on Saturday.

We achieved our objectives; we improved our contact skills, improved our scrummaging and our discipline. So we came away with a big tick against those three, said Jones.

On top of that the scoreline was great. We conceded three points and scored four tries what more do you want?

Welsh led 23-3 at the break but the Exiles owed their half-time lead to more than an element of good fortune, with Eshers goal posts able to claim an assist for both of Welshs first half tries.

Gordon Ross twice hit the woodwork with penalties with Seb Jewell following up to score against his former club on the first occasion, and then Sam Stitchers knock from a second Ross penalty to rebound off the woodwork leading to a penalty try after the Esher scrum was marched backwards.

Fair play to the players, they chased up and put pressure on and youve got to expect these things to happen, said Jones, who wasnt unduly surprised by the margin of victory given Eshers lengthy injury list.

Esher have got so many injuries and boys out with other commitments its always going to be difficult.

Were delighted with the winning margin, make no bones about it, to concede three points is a big plus for us, but at the same time Esher defended very well. They held their line and put their tackles in.

Wed have hoped the game would open up a little bit earlier, but fair play to them they stuck in there.

Despite the final scoreline, it wasnt all plain sailing for the Exiles and Jones will have plenty to work on before the visit to Moseley next Saturday.

We turned the ball over several times and failed to capitalise upon it, said Jones, who also pinpointed the Exiles unforced error count and the lineout as areas for improvement.

Fair play to Esher, theyd done their homework on our lineout. Our lineout last week [v Nottingham] was very good, but it was substandard today.

But that was not so much us - it was how well they defended. They stopped us from building momentum.

Its learning to play with composure, to relax and be confident. That needs time to develop.

Though satisfied with Welshs start to the season, with victory over Esher making it four wins from five for the Exiles, the Old Deer Park outfit are definitely still a work in progress for Jones.

Weve just got to take one game at a time and develop a performance that if we finish in the promotion play-offs at the end of the season this team will have grown in confidence and ability to be able to perform and win the trophies on offer by good play rather than good luck, he said.

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