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Your News Seaham 43 - Sedgefield 10

After waiting for what seemed an age to play the tie, Seaham stormed out of the blocks, with their forwards in dominant spirits, and the early pressure they exerted caused the Sedgefield defence to transgress and concede a penalty about 25 metres in front of their goalposts. Brad Green slotted it home for an early 3-0.

However, if the visitors had any early thoughts that they were about to run away with the game, their feet were put firmly back on the ground shortly afterwards. The visitors stormed out from the restart and levelled matters with a penalty after Seaham had strayed offside in front of their posts.

The foundations for the first try of the afternoon were laid after Ben Bell took a lineout catch and set up a rolling maul. Following sustained phases of picking and driving, with flankers Mark Wilson and James Ramshaw in the thick of everything, versatile prop Steve Meir crossed the line for a try to double his tally for the season. Greens conversion took the lead to 10-3.

Green was next on the score sheet when he demonstrated neat footwork to dance his way through a minefield of defenders and cross for a virtuoso try under the posts. His added conversion was the icing on the cake as Seaham moved more than two scores clear at 17-3.

The restart was taken by Barry Siddle and second row partner John Dixon secured the ball before passing out to Green. He unleashed Jack McCallum and the fly half drew in the Sedgefield defence before passing to Joey Jones, who beat the defence to touch down for his eleventh try of the season. Green then added his third conversion of the day.

Half Time: SEAHAM (24) Sedgefield (3)

Dynamic flanker James Ramshaw was enjoying yet another great game and was equally devastating in attack and defence. Centres Jon Dye and Graham Aldus were also in good form and always created gaps. Dye took a knock to the head minutes into the half and Sedgefield took advantage to charge down the field and score a converted try to reduce the arrears to 24-10.

Seaham made a tactical substitution on 50 minutes with Andy Hogwood and Chris Bland replacing Siddle and Dixon in the second row. Shortly afterwards, Seaham registered their fourth try of the day. Glen Hardie, now at fly half with McCallum moved to the wing, finished off a fine forwards move and raced past four defenders before touching down for his tenth try of the season, with the conversion by Green taking Seaham past the 30-mark.

Seahams scrum had been rock solid all day but their usually productive lineout struggled and was somewhat erratic as they failed to claim their own throws on several occasions. In a bid to eradicate this problem, hooker Andrew Baxter was replaced by Dan Cahill.

The hosts were reduced to 14 men with the game entering the final quarter as a result of constant infringements around the breakdown area. Unfortunately for Dan Cahill, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and was singled out by the referee and issued his third yellow card of the season.

Seaham soaked up the Sedgefield pressure for the ensuing ten minutes and consolidated their lead in the final moments. Number 8 and skipper Ben Bell crossed the line for the second week in succession and Greens conversion took the scores to 38-10.

Loose head prop Gary Lynn touched down for his sixth try of the season to cap a fine victory but had worse news later. He visited hospital and was diagnosed with a broken hand that looks likely to rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Full Time: SEAHAM (43) Sedgefield (10)

Seaham will now look forward to an unprecedented fourth appearance in the final of the Durham County Junior Plate Competition. They will play Newton Aycliffe with the date and venue still to be confirmed.

Although they managed to defeat Aycliffe a week ago and beat them in the race to clinch promotion to Division Two in the process, Seaham will still ensure that they do not underestimate their opponents and will give them the respect they deserve. After all, they are the current holders of the trophy and will be keen to avenge two league reversals from this season.

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