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Seaton Carew made their first visit to Seaham Leisure Centre and played their part in putting on a free-flowing spectacle for supporters of both sides.

Although the hosts usually strong squad were severely depleted by the large number of cry-offs, they were still able to field a good team that was a mixture of youth and experience. Former first-team regulars Dave Drinkwater and Colin Hall even stepped out of retirement yet again to ensure that the game went ahead with a full complement of home players.

Right from the onset, the game had a free-flowing style, with both sides adopting a Cavalier approach and running the ball at every opportunity. Carew enjoyed most of the possession during the earlier stages of the first half, as Seaham continuously delivered poor scrappy ball to the backs; particularly from lineouts. The visitors pressure paid off as their no 8 rumbled over for a try wide out for a 5-0 lead. The conversion was missed.

Seahams forwards eventually began to dominate the breakdowns and make their presence felt in the scrums. Former Harbour full back Dave Marsden, back on weekend leave from the Army, also enjoyed a fine game, albeit out of position, on the flank. He made a great account of himself with some barnstorming runs and kept Seaham moving forward.

With about five minutes of the half left to play, Seaham hooker Dean Armstrong took a strike against the head and the ball was fired out by Brad Green. Fly half Jack McCallum made a brilliant break from just inside the visitors half and rounded their fly half and full back before touching down under the posts to level the scores. Greens conversion earned a 7-5 lead.

Half Time: SEAHAM II (7) Seaton Carew II (5)

Seaton Carew kicked off for the second half and the ball was gathered by the home pack and shunted forward for several phases. John Dye then spotted a gap and ran from near the halfway line, brushing off a couple of defenders before scoring under the posts. Greens second conversion of the day stretched the lead to 14-5.

Seaham appeared to strengthen as the second half progressed and they continued to pile the pressure on their visitors in terms of territory and possession. Slick handling along the back line allowed Hardie to show great pace; beating a couple of defenders before eventually being tackled by the opposition full back. However, he showed great vision to offload to the evergreen Davison, who showed immense pace to take the pass, sell a dummy to the defence and chink through a gap to touch down under the posts. Green nailed his third conversion of the day to take the score to 21-5.

From the restart, Seaham maintained the pressure on their hosts and had further opportunities to score but their momentum was stifled by handling errors. Once again, with the hosts camped in the visitors 22, John Dye showed excellent vision and made good ground from a clean break. He then offloaded to grizzled veteran Henry Brace, who demonstrated remarkable pace for his years, and was at hand to receive the pass and finish off a fine move by touching down under the posts. Greens fourth conversion of the day made it 28-5.

Full Time: SEAHAM II (28) Seaton Carew II (5)

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