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Your News Sedgefield 6 - Seaham 32

Prior to the game, Sedgefields new ground had been something of a fortress; with no other team managing to lower their colours in any competition. With this in mind, Seaham knew what to expect and approached the game with an intensity that matched the respect their hosts deserved.

Seaham were quick out of the blocks and ploughed into Sedgefield with their back row trio of Grant Dixon, James Ramshaw and skipper Ben Bell carrying well and making good ground. Their efforts earned them a 4th minute penalty after one of the hosts forwards was adjudged offside at a ruck. Brad Green slotted the ball through the posts for an early 3-0 advantage.

The Seaham pack maintained the tempo and kept play in the Sedgefield half. Even when the hosts countered, the Harbour defended well and Chris Bland created a turnover when he held his man up in the tackle and ripped the ball from him. The ball was then spun left and Ben Bell seared down the wing before being tackled into touch deep in the home 22.

Seaham doubled their lead on 16 minutes when referee Mick Hannon once again caught Sedgefield offside at a ruck. Green stepped up again and put his side 6-0 ahead.

From the restart, flanker Grant Dixon caught the ball going forward and set off on a devastating run that created havoc in the Sedgefield defence. The ball was sprayed left when Dixon was eventually tackled and Graham Aldus found himself on the end of a scoring pass to register his first try for Seaham. Green added the conversion to make it 13-0.

The hosts pack seemed to liven up from the restart and exert significant pressure in the scrums. Although they werent being driven around, the Seaham front row were made to work very hard against a very heavy and well-drilled Sedgefield pack.

Although they managed to graft their way back into the game, it was a lack of discipline stifled the hosts progress as they conceded numerous penalties. Their loose head prop was sanctioned on 31 minutes when he failed to release the ball in the tackle and Brad Green was given an opportunity to nail his third penalty. However, the heavy wind blew the ball wide of the posts.

Stu Tisseman had a good opportunity to secure a second try for Seaham just before the break when he launched on a clever run down the right wing. With space running out, he cut inside and dove for the line but lost possession in the process.

Half Time: Newton Aycliffe (0) SEAHAM (13)

Sedgefield emerged the more determined of the two side from the restart and looked keen to capitalise on the strong wind at their backs. Their fly half made some good territorial gain with clever touchline kicks that took play deep into Seahams half. Fortunately, Seahams lineout was rock solid all day and Ben Bells safe hands provided a steady stream of good ball.

The hosts forced their way back into the game three minutes after the interval when Grant Dixon was penalised for handling on the floor. Their fly half took his opportunity well and drilled the ball through the posts to put his side on the scoreboard. Four minutes later, hooker Dan Cahill conceded a penalty which was once again converted. Within seven minutes of the restart, Sedgefield had pulled the score back to 13-6 and now within reach of their visitors.

The hosts seemed to dominate the third quarter of the game and distributed their hard-earned possession out to their lively backs. Fortunately, Seaham were alert in defence and showed good discipline to absorb all Sedgefield threw at them and hold their line. Fly half Jack McCallum was replaced by Mark Wilson, who took his place in the centres, allowing Jon Dye to move up to the half back position. This seemed to tighten up the defence and hold the opposition at bay.

The turning point of the game seemed to come when the hosts kicked a 71st minute penalty down the touchline hoping to find touch in the corner. Full back Glen Hardie coolly allowed the ball to roll until it crossed the dead ball line and Mr Hannon returned play back into the Sedgefield half for a Seaham lineout. The hosts conceded a penalty which Brad Green took quickly. The ball went through several pairs of hands before Graham Aldus crossed for his second try of the game to stretch his sides advantage to 18-6.

After having a relatively quiet game in the second row, John Dixon charged a clearance down on 76 minutes, re-gathered the ball and crossed for his tenth try of the season to kill the game off as a contest. Greens conversion took the scores to 25-6 in Seahams favour.

With time virtually running out and the game secure, Seaham went on the hunt for a valuable bonus point. After multiple phases, Grant Dixon came agonisingly close to touching down; as did Graham Aldus. However, it was left to flying winger Joey Jones to cross for his eighth try of the season to clinch the vital fifth league point. John Dixon kicked a conversion that narrowly made it over the bar with the last play of the match to put the icing on the cake.

Full Time: Sedgefield (6) SEAHAM (32)

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