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The Junior Cup quarter final tie got off to a disappointing start for Seaham as they lost their influential skipper early. Ben Bell required prolonged treatment after jarring his elbow at the opening breakdown and was replaced in the back row by Dan Cahill.

Yarm’s big pack looked fairly comfortable in the scrums throughout the early stages but the hosts’ scrum half, Brad Green, proved a thorn in their side and disrupted possession at every given opportunity. His pressure caused his opposite number to spill possession on 8 minutes. Green claimed the ball and sprayed it wide for big winger John Dixon to register his team’s first points of the season with a try in the left corner.

Seaham doubled their lead in the 17th minute when a solid tackle from centre Graham Aldus created a turnover. Green hacked the ball deep into Yarm’s 22 and won the chase before feeding Gary Lynn. The prop charged for the line with Andy Hogwood supporting but was tackled short and offloaded cleverly for Mick Bland to touch down. Green’s conversion took the score to 12-0.

A third try was registered within two minutes when Chris Bland fed a clever pass out of the tackle to promising young hooker Kurt Miller and he offloaded to Graham Aldus. The powerful centre motored through the Yarm midfield before being tackled 30 metres out. Green then put a clever kick over the top of the defence into the right corner and Dean Armstrong won the race to touch down and stretch the lead to 17-0. Andy Hogwood’s conversion attempt sailed narrowly wide from an awkward angle.

Another devastating run by Aldus resulted in Seaham’s fourth try of the game on 23 minutes. Powerful blindside flanker Grant Dixon recycled the ball and set up a ruck after Aldus had been brought to the ground. Gary Lynn took a short pass and powered over the line for a try. Green’s second conversion of the day took the lead to 24-0.

The hosts appeared to rub salt in Yarm’s wounds from the restart when their speedy openside flanker James Ramshaw took the catch and set off on a blistering midfield run. Kurt Miller kept the movement flowing and tight head prop Johnny Martin capped a strong debut with a try to the right of the posts. Green added the conversion.

Grant Dixon capped a fine first half performance with a try on the stroke of half time. Following a sequence of crisp handling, he took a pass near halfway and demonstrated a remarkable turn of pace to outstrip the defence and touch down in the right corner.

Half Time: SEAHAM (36) Yarm (0)

Seaham started the second half in buoyant spirits and looked to maintain the ascendancy they built up. With big second row Mick Bland ruling the roost in the lineouts, they were able to provide a steady stream of quality possession for Brad Green to distribute to his lively backs.

The hosts’ efforts were rewarded three minutes into the half when one of the Yarm forwards strayed offside in front of his posts and conceded a penalty. With Seaham’s backs lined up and ready to receive the ball, Green caught them unawares when he took a quick tap and jinked over the line for his first try of the season; which he then converted.

The visitors made their mark on the scoreboard in the 49th minute as a result of their half backs making a clean break through Seaham’s lines and down the right touchline. The ball was then shipped infield to their inside centre and he eluded several tackles before charging over in the bottom right corner. His conversion attempt was missed but Yarm were on the scoreboard at 43-5.

As the game wore on, Seaham began to look stronger in the tight exchanges. Their rolling maul caused no end of problems as Yarm defended valiantly but handling errors stifled the hosts’ progress. One such instance saw John Dixon spill a poorly fed pass with the try line beckoning. From the resulting scrum, Seaham’s pack shunted Yarm off their own ball and turned possession in their favour. Grant Dixon cannily drove through the melee to touch down for his second try of the game, only for referee Dave Swainson to adjudge that he had spotted one of the Seaham forwards straying offside.

Graham Aldus crowned a fine Man of the Match performance with a try after 68 minutes. Some dynamic interplay between backs and forwards took play deep into Yarm’s half. With the visitors defence at sixes and sevens, Aldus set off on a jinking run and neatly danced his way through for a try.

With their passage to the semi final now sealed, Seaham looked to capitalise on a fine display with further scores. Strong runs from Mark Wilson, Andrew Baxter and veteran full back Dave Hayes made good progress into opposition territory but handling errors stifled their efforts and prevented further scores. However, this should not take the gloss off an impressive all-round performance that resulted in a fine victory.

Full Time: SEAHAM (48) Yarm (5)

Seaham chairman Neil Roseberry was keen to sing his players’ praises after witnessing their efforts…

“That was the finest display of 15 man rugby I’ve seen from Seaham over the past ten years. Right from the onset, our lads played at a furious pace and ran the legs off the opposition. Our passing and support play was nothing short of superb. We never allowed Yarm the opportunity to settle into the game and, even when they were in possession of the ball, we harried them into mistakes and capitalised.”

“We had several key players missing today, and our plans were disrupted by the loss of our skipper Ben Bell in the first minute. However, I’m sure a lot of the absentees will now be wondering how they are going to battle their way back into that side. I can’t think of any of today’s players who deserve to lose their place following a display like that.”

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