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Your News Seaham 51 - Hartlepool BBOB 3

Bearing in mind that Boys Brigade had acquired the services of several key players in the wake of Hartlepool Athletics demise, Seaham expected nothing less than a tough contest. They werent to be disappointed as the visitors beefy pack charged out of the blocks right from the onset.

The Brigade pack imposed themselves upon their lighter hosts and worked their way towards the home try line. Seahams forwards defended well but made numerous transgressions whilst holding the line and caused referee Mark West to issue several warnings. Brigades number 8 crossed the line but was held up by the combined effort of Ben Bell and Chris Bland.

After absorbing all of Brigades pressure, Seaham broke upfield and a fine weighted pass from fly half Jack McCallum found John Dixon. The big centre then danced his way through a crowded midfield and finished off a 40 metre run by touching down to the left of the posts. Brad Green added the conversion and, against the run of play, Seaham were 7-0 ahead.

Brigade stayed upbeat from the restart and continued to press forward, with their livewire scrum half orchestrating play. The hosts were forced to defend for sustained periods and their prospects were compounded on 19 minutes when centre Graham Aldus was yellow-carded for a shoulder charge. Brigades fly half kicked the resulting penalty to make it 7-3.

Even though they were a man down, Seaham started to gain the upper hand in the loose phases with big second row Chris Bland and flanker Mark Wilson making some crashing runs to keep their side on the front foot. Prop Steve Meir was also responsible for turning possession over in his sides favour several times.

Just before the half-hour mark, Seaham doubled their lead when a scything run by Jon Dye drew in three defenders. The centre then offloaded to Glen Hardie and the ball went through the hands of Brad Green and Jack McCallum before being fed to John Dixon; who crossed in the left corner for his second try of the day. Brad Green nailed his second conversion of the day to put his side 14-3 ahead.

Green stretched Seahams lead even further on 34 minutes. One of the Brigade back row went over the top at a ruck and Mr West blew for a penalty. The lively scrum half then stepped up and dissected the posts to make it 17-3.

Promising young winger Joey Jones got himself on the scoreboard on 37 minutes when he found himself on the end of a Jon Dye pass and crossed in the right corner to make it 22-3. Returning full back Graeme Steel was less successful with his conversion attempt from a difficult angle.

Grizzled veteran Steve Meir came agonisingly close to registering a fourth try when he twisted out of a rolling maul supported by hooker Dan Cahill and crossed the line. However, Mr West adjudged that the ball had been held up; although the majority of the home supporters claimed otherwise.

Seaham secured a valuable bonus point on the stroke of half-time when they were awarded a scrum near the visitors line. Number 8 Ben Bell picked from the base and fed Brad Green, who raced in and touched down in the right corner. Once again, Graeme Steel was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt but Seaham turned around with a healthy lead and, more importantly, a try scoring bonus point.

Half Time: SEAHAM II (27) Hartlepool BBOB (3)

After enjoying another successful day in the lineout courtesy of Dan Cahills accurate throwing, Ben Bell took a fine catch in the Brigade 22 and set up a rolling maul. The Seaham pack then shunted forward and Paul Scott broke away and fell over the line for his fourth try of the season. Green missed the conversion but the hosts were good value for their 32-3 lead.

After enjoying a dominant spell in defence and with ball in hand on the attack, James Ramshaw saw yellow when one of the opposition put a grubber kick through and attempted to follow. The errant flanker dropped his shoulder discreetly and felled his man. However, eagle-eyed Mr West spotted the offence, issued a card and sent young Mr Ramshaw for a ten-minute rest behind his own posts.

Despite being a man down once again, Seaham maintained their ascendancy and continued to press forward at every opportunity. Flying wing Glen Hardie came close to scoring but was bundled into touch agonisingly close. Their efforts were eventually rewarded after 57 minutes when Graeme Steel capped a fine performance with a try following some crisp handling by the lively Seaham backline. Greens third conversion of the day stretched the lead to 39-3.

Seaham made several changes on the hour with Dean Armstrong replacing hooker Dan Cahill in the front row and Kelvin Bowdrey and Steve Sanderson replacing Barry Siddle and Chris Bland in the second row. Graham Aldus then returned to the fray at John Dixons expense. Armstrongs main contribution during his first few minutes was to concede several penalties in quick succession. His bickering didnt impress Mr West very much but he knuckled down and got on with his game after a few wise words from his skipper, Ben Bell.

Joey Jones scored his second try of the day on 74 minutes when he finished off a neatly worked overlap, Green converted to make the score 46-3. Jones notched another try three minutes later to register the first hat-trick of his career and breach the 50-point mark. Green missed the conversion but his final tally for the game still reached 16 points. More importantly, Seaham were back to winning ways.

Full Time: SEAHAM (51) Hartlepool BBOB (3)

Seaham chairman Neil Roseberry was delighted with his sides performance after the match:

After enjoying a 9-game winning sequence, many of our lads were downhearted following last weeks defeat against a very strong and well-drilled Sunderland seconds. However, the return of so many players who were absent last week has bolstered our side no end today.

The mark of a good side is how they react to defeat and I think theyve more than made amends today. Confidence levels are high at the moment and I think thats very important considering the competitive nature of this league.

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