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Your News Seaham 12 - North Shields 48

Once again, the hosts ranks were decimated by a spate of non-availabilities. Influential prop Damian Martinez and second row cried off on the morning of the match and several players failed to show. Arguably, the biggest miss was full back Glen Hardie, who was away on holiday. Fortunately, prodigal sons Steve Meir and Barry Siddle were happy to step out of retirement to bolster their depleted pack.

The visitors set out their intentions from the very onset as their fly half set his lively backs loose at every opportunity. Although the Seaham defence held up well, with Ben Bell and James Ramshaw tackling everything that moved, it was inevitable that Shields were going to score at some point.

The visitors scored the first try of the day on 13 minutes when their middle jumper won a lineout ten metres from the Seaham line. Their lively openside flanker swept through a disjointed defence and touched down near the posts. Their fly half added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

The visitors registered a similar score three minutes later when another line-out was won without contest and their hooker finished off the move with a try in the corner. This time the conversion was missed so the lead stayed 12-0.

In the 23rd minute Shields lively openside broke from a scrum in the Seaham 22 and managed to break past Ryan Giblin before crossing for his second try of the day in the right corner. Once again the conversion attempt was missed by the fly half but things were starting to look rather ominous for the hosts as they trailed by 17 points.

The visitors flanker nailed his hat trick right on the stroke of half time when he crossed near the posts for a bonus point try. This time the fly half added the extras by slotting the conversion.

Half Time: SEAHAM (0) North Shields (24)

The visitors started the second half just as theyd finished the first, with their well-drilled lineout enjoying a monopoly of possession. They forced their way up the field and spread the ball out to their big left wing. He forced his way past a poor Ben Bell tackle to touch down in the top left corner. By this point the visitors looked out of sight at 29-0.

Seahams plight was worsened when they lost the services of scrum half Brad Green, who left the field with a leg injury. He was replaced at the base of the scrum by coach, John Whitehead. One of his first contributions was to feed a Seaham scrum but his crooked feed conceded a penalty and contributed towards the biggest cheer of the day.

The visitors added insult to injury in the 49th minute when their forwards hard work earned them an attacking 5 metre scrum. They then stole a nudge and drove the home pack over their line for a pushover try. The conversion was added and Seaham now trailed by 36 points.

Shields left winger notched his second try of the game on 55 minutes when he made a mockery of Seahams defence and crossed near the posts. The conversion was added and Seaham trailed 43-0.

Shortly after the hour, the visitors front jumper beat Ben Bell to a catch at the front of the line and set up a driving maul. The ball was then driven over for the eighth of the day but the conversion was missed.

Seaham battled their way onto the scoreboard on 64 minutes when they were awarded a penalty on the edge of the Shields 22. Graham Aldus took a quick tap and passed the ball out to fellow centre Mark Wilson. Andy Hogwood took the ball closer to the line and Chris Bland eventually barrelled his way over the line for his second try of the season. Hogwood missed the conversion so the deficit remained 48-5.

Although both sides contested the closing stages of the game with equal vigour, it was Seaham who nailed the final score. North Shields conceded a penalty on the edge of their 22 and a quick tap penalty was taken. The ball was passed to Graham Aldus and he forced his way over the line for his third try of the season. Andy Hogwood added the conversion.

Seaham went full out to add further scores in an effort to gain a try bonus point, if nothing else, but their efforts proved fruitless and the game drifted away. At least they demonstrated their characteristic never-say-die spirit and ensured that they finished the game with their pride intact.

Full Time: SEAHAM (12) North Shields (48)

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