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Your News Seaham 15 - Prudhoe & Stocksfield 0

As well as sporting a new set of match strips, kindly sponsored by Parkside Stores for the second successive season, Seaham were bolstered by the return of several key players who had missed the previous weeks encounter at Ashington. Mick Bland beefed up the second row and added genuine presence to the lineout. Dan Cahill returned to the back row, and Jon Dyes inclusion in the centres injected a cutting edge in midfield.

The opening quarter was evenly matched as Seaham attacked with purpose but the visitors defended stubbornly and counter-attacked whenever the opportunity arose. Their outside centre posed constant threats by running some excellent angles and cutting through Seahams line on more than one occasion but staunch defence by Ryan Giblin, Graeme Steel and Mark Wilson ensured that all threats were nullified.

Seaham were given the first opportunity to break the deadlock on 23 minutes when the visitors strayed over the top at a ruck and were penalised. Second row Andy Hogwood lines up a kick 30 metres in front of the posts but his kick drifted left.

The next ten minutes were rather scrappy as both sides look to gain the upper hand and draw first blood. Seaham looked promising and enjoyed plenty of possession with second rows Andy Hogwood and Mick Bland and skipper Ben Bell involved in all aspects. Front row trio Jonny Martin, Kurt Miller and Damian Martinez were solid in the set piece and contributed with some strong runs and offloads in the loose. However, the most prevalent aspects of play up to that point were the handling errors and bad decision making that made the game disjointed and tense.

Glen Hardie posed a constant threat from full back. Each time the ball was kicked his way he took the catch and either returned it with interest or set off on one of his trademark blistering runs; making significant territorial gain each time. One of his runs out of his own 22 took him past several defenders and deep into Prudhoes half. The ball was recycled by James Ramshaw and then popped out to Dan Cahill. He was tackled but the ball was claimed by Jon Dye and he crossed the line with two defenders on him. Match referee Nick Moore took a look then adjudged that Dye had been held up.

Dye enjoyed better fortune just before the break when he sold a dummy then offloaded to Mark Wilson. He then fed John Dixon and the big winger stormed over in the left corner for his fourth try of the season; although he looked to have lost the ball in the process. Andy Hogwood put plenty of power into the difficult touchline conversion but it drifted slightly left.

Half Time: SEAHAM (5) Prudhoe & Stocksfield (0)

The opening ten minutes of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first; only with Prudhoe looking a lot more threatening in attack and asking serious questions of Seahams defence. Fortunately, Seaham were switched on and focussed.

Seaham were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when Damian Martinez carried the ball through the midfield then formed a ruck. Prudhoe then came in from the side. Having endured rather poor fortune with their kicks up to that point, Jon Dye stepped up to the plate and teed the ball up. Unfortunately, he too was off target and a relatively simple kick in from the edge of the 22 sailed slightly left of the posts.

With Seaham looking to gain the upper hand and tire their seasoned visitors, they entered the final quarter in determined spirits; with Mick Bland making his presence felt in the loose. Half backs Brad Green and Jack McCallum showed kept the ball amongst their lively forwards with Martinez, Ramshaw and Cahill acting as battering rams and driving for the Prudhoe line.

The efforts of Seahams forwards were rewarded on 63 minutes when their seemingly incessant pressure caused the visitors to transgress once again. This time, right wing Graeme Steel stepped forward and made no mistake as he slotted the ball through the posts for an 8-0 advantage.

Seaham stretched their lead within three minutes when the Prudhoe wing attempted to run the ball from his 22 but was driven into touch five metres out. Ben Bell took a catch at the resulting lineout and set up a driving maul. The ball was then sprayed left through the hands of Bland and Hogwood. Martinez punched a hole in the Prudhoe line, sucked in two defenders then offloaded to Dye. He then cut inside before passing out for John Dixon to register his second try of the match in the left corner. Steel drew the biggest cheer of the day when he nailed his conversion attempt from the touchline

Prudhoes full back was given a shock a minute later when he sold prop Jonny Martin an outrageous dummy then set off on a lateral run. Not showing to be outdone, Martin demonstrated a remarkable turn of pace for a front row forward, caught up with his man and brought him to the ground with a thumping tackle. The ball was turned over in Seahams favour and they regained the ascendancy but knocked on shortly afterwards.

The closing ten minutes were tense as Prudhoe looked to get scores on the board and Seaham sought further tries to gain a precious bonus point. None were forthcoming but, at the end of the day, Seaham were happy to record their first victory since the opening days triumph over Hartlepool. They now leapfrog over Winlaton Vulcans out of the bottom two. Prudhoe remain rooted at the bottom of the table without a point; although their efforts seemed to deserve better.

Full Time: SEAHAM (15) Prudhoe & Stocksfield (0)

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