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Your News Newton Aycliffe 43 - Seaham 12

Once again, as if it has become something of a custom for away games, Seaham were forced to travel with a weakened team for a game that everyone thought they had every hope of winning.

Ryan Giblin followed in the footsteps of his late father, David, and represented his beloved Seaham for the first time to take on Newton Aycliffe. The promising youngster lined up on the left wing and put in two thumping tackles within the first four minutes to make a positive impression on the game.

Although lying below Seaham in the table, the hosts looked a lot more committed during the opening stages and looked keen to run the ball from all areas of the field. Some crisp handling and support play, allied to some shambolic defence by the visitors, saw them register three tries and two conversions leading up to the 20 minute mark to go 17-0 ahead.

Seaham looked very lightweight in the backs and this seemed to give Aycliffe the upper hand and confidence to attack as they looked to build up a big score. Although they looked to be settling into the game and playing well through their forwards, their brittle defence was once again to be their undoing. Aycliffe countered and found themselves in front of Seahams posts, but somehow, the visitors forwards managed to turn the ball over in their favour. Unfortunately for them, Brad Greens attempted clearance was charged down and a fortunate bounce saw the ball bounce into the hands of the hosts flanker and fell over the line for a bonus point try. The conversion stretched the lead to 22-0.

A fifth try and conversion on the half-hour saw Aycliffe 29-0 ahead. This seemed to spur Seaham into action and their forwards took a firm grip of the game. A period of dominance in the scrums and rolling mauls took them deep into the hosts territory. Aycliffe were forced to defend desperately and conceded several penalties as a result. Big second row Andy Hogwood finally broke their lines on 36 minutes when he barged over for his third try of the season. Dave Davison had less luck with the conversion but at least the Harbour lads were on the scoreboard.

Half Time: Newton Aycliffe (29) SEAHAM (5)

Seaham came out storming following the break and had the better of exchanges for the entire third quarter of the game. Their pack looked impressive and this seemed to give young backs Brad Green, Dean Armstrong and Jack McCallum the freedom to launch some promising runs into opposition territory.

Seahams front row looked very strong with young props Matt Jackson and Neil Howard rock solid against an experienced Aycliffe pack. However, it was their much older mentor, Dave Drinkwater, who made an impression on the scoreboard as he crossed the try line in the 64th minute for his seventh try of the season. Davisons conversion narrowed the gap to 29-12.

Following this score the previously good natured game became a little fractious with both packs engaging in some prolonged spells of ill-tempered exchanges. Referee Colin Davison called both captains in and insisted that good order was restored but his appeal obviously fell on deaf ears.

At the very next breakdown the whistle was blown yet both packs once again got themselves carried away. One of the Aycliffe players appeared to head butt Steve Topping and he returned the compliment with interest, sending his opponent to the floor clutching his face, in full view of the referee. After order was restored, the errant Seaham player was summoned and issued a red card. The actions of the Aycliffe player had not been noticed by Mr Davison so he went unpunished, although a yellow card was given to one on his team mates for retaliation.

Aycliffe lost one of their props with a leg injury after he was handed off by Ben Bell and rucked over by Dan Cahill and his fellow forwards. The hosts werent particularly impressed by Seahams abrasive approach and a further bout of jostling and shirt pulling ensued before order was quickly restored.

With the advantage of an extra man for most of the remaining 15 minutes, barring a ten minute spell when one of their players was sin-binned for persistent infringement, Aycliffe were able to take full advantage and run in a further brace of converted tries to run out convincing and deserved winners.

Full Time: Newton Aycliffe (43) SEAHAM (12)

Hopefully, Seaham will learn their lessons from this taming and approach fixtures with the respect they deserve; rather than focus more of their pre-match attention on the night out to follow. Of course, the predictably apathetic attitudes of the persistent non-travellers will need to improve massively before any ground can be made.

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