Neil Mason has warned Moseley that they cannot afford to replicate their start to last year’s play-off campaign and expect the same outcome.
Mason’s men lost their first three Pool C matches in 2010 but went on to win at Rotherham and at home to Coventry to secure their Championship status with a game to spare.
They have also been defeated in their first two games this term but captain Mason told his team-mates they must not lose for a third time when Esher come to Billesley Common this week.
Indeed the blindside, who is likely to miss the match having dislocated his shoulder against Birmingham & Solihull, believes Friday’s encounter could be a pivotal moment in the club’s history.
“This Friday is a must win game for us,” the 28-year-old maintained. “There is no other result that can possibly happen for us.
“If Esher win they then go and play the other two teams having it all wrapped up and they won’t go out with as much vigour.
“As a Moseley player over the last five or six years we have always found ourselves in difficult situations but somehow we always get ourselves out of it. That is testament to the character of the players and coaching staff.
“There is a resolve among the players to get out of it and I think we have it in us again. But it all starts on Friday night. For me the answer to every question is ‘Friday night’.”
Which probably makes Moseley’s record against the Surrey outfit rather more concerning.
Mose have played Mike Schmid’s men twice this season and lost both – including a dispiriting 29-17 reverse in the first game of the season.
Since then Esher have gone on to amass six more victories during the regular season and two more in the play-offs which extended their good form to five wins in their last six league games.
That has taken them clear at the top of the relegation group and another success with a try bonus would leave them requiring just one more point from their remaining three matches.
However, Mason remains positive and even if the process does come down to a three-way battle, all will not be lost.
“It is not all doom and gloom,” he insisted.
“There are only two points between us and Bees and another two between them and Plymouth so with four games left you can’t draw any conclusions yet.
“If Bees win at Plymouth it would not be a major problem for us, it would be all to play for in the last three games. There are so many permutations it’s impossible to say what’s going to happen.”
Indeed, the only certainty is that there will be at least one twist before the end.