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Your News South Tyneside College 20 - Seaham 10

Seaham travelled through to Grosvenor Road in optimistic spirits following the previous weeks fine home victory against Seghill. However, they were once again blighted by non-availability and forced to miss the vital services of Dave Davison, Paul King and lineout lynchpin Michael Bland amongst others; so their momentum was somewhat disrupted from the onset.

The game got off to a steady start with Seaham props Dave Drinkwater and Paul Scott imposing their presence on the College front row. The visitors were rock solid in the scrum and this forced the students to shift play away from the set piece and use their crash centre down the middle of the pitch.

Seaham demonstrated excellent fortitude in the opening ten minutes with wingers Jack McCallum and Dean Armstrong preventing certain tries courtesy of some brave tackling. Young McCallum also showed guile beyond his years with a solid hand-off that stopped a would-be tackler in his tracks and a fly hack out of the opposite number 8s hands that left him baffled.

The hosts pressure eventually paid dividends on 11 minutes when they went over in the corner for a try. An excellent touchline conversion followed and Seaham trailed 7-0.

The visitors maintained their forward-orientated pressure from the restart and sucked the defence in for multiple phases. A series of rolling mauls took them to the verge of the South Tyneside try line then Dave Drinkwater emerged and crossed for his fourth try of the season. The kick was missed but the visitors were back in the game with 22 minutes gone.

Both sides had been advised prior to the match that the referee was being assessed and would therefore have to apply the letter of the laws. However, Grant Dixon failed to heed his warnings for constant infringement and found himself on the wrong end of a yellow card in the 32nd minute. The Harbour seemed to hold their ground well in their scrum halfs enforced absence but succumbed to the sustained pressure just before the interval when the hosts crossed in the corner for their second try of the day. The conversion fell short and Mr Malcolm blew for the interval.

Half Time: South Tyneside College (12) SEAHAM (5)

Play was fairly evenly contested after the restart; particularly when Seaham returned to full numbers. Their pack kept battering away at their adversaries but spilled possession at the contact area often saw all of their hard work go to waste.

Seaham were next to feature on the scoreboard when hooker Andrew Baxter found himself on the end of a sweeping movement and crossed in the corner for his third try of the season to reduce the arrears to 12-10. Big second row Andy Hogwood had an opportunity to level the scores but his touchline attempt rattled the crossbar.

South Tyneside looked to extend their lead as the game wore on and they continued to play up the middle of the field. However, some bone-crunching hits from Seaham back rowers Ben Bell and Dan Cahill held them at bay.

With eight minutes remaining promising youngster Matthew Lowery replaced Dean Armstrong on the wing and made an instant impact. The students looked to test the mettle of the fresh-faced youngster but were rebuffed by some solid hits that persuaded them to try another channel of attack.

The hosts pressure eventually paid off in the 75th minute when they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts for a breakdown infringement and they extended their lead to 15-10.

Seaham stayed in the match right until the end and looked good for a losing bonus point; if not a victory if only their pressure could be converted into points. However, as often occurs between these two teams, lady luck deserted Seaham once again and they conceded a third try in the corner with the final whistle looming.

The visitors went full tilt in their attempt to salvage a score of any sort but time was against them and eventually ran out.

Full Time: South Tyneside College (20) SEAHAM (10)

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