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Your News Seaham 7 - Yarm 14

After being without a fixture for two weeks due to opposition cry offs at late notice, Seaham were relieved to get back into action with a Durham & Northumberland Three fixture at home to fourth-placed Yarm.

The Harbour Lads were dominant throughout the first half and enjoyed a lion's share of possession. Good defence by the visitors held them at bay but they kept plugging away. The lineouts were fairly equally shared with Ben Bell dominating the front and Yarm's tall middle jumper enjoying an ascendency. However, once Dan Cahill started to compete opposition ball, Seaham started to steal against the throw.

Seaham finally reaped the benefits for their determined onslaught when big second row Steve Sanderson finished off a rolling maul and dropped over the line for his second try of the season on 37 minutes. His second row colleague, Andy Hogwood, slotted the conversion and took the lead to 7-0.

Yarm responded as expected and launched a prolonged offensive that took them deep into Seaham territory. The home side's discipline proved to be their achilles heel all afternoon as they conceded penalty after penalty to the point where the referee's whistle became hot due. One such transgression near halfway saw Yarm's fly half launched a lovely touchline kick into the corner for an attacking lineout. Fortunately for Seaham, the visitors were unable to secure the ball and it ended up over the line for veteran prop Dave Drinkwater to kill and end the half with his side holding a delicate lead

Half Time: SEAHAM (7) Yarm (0).

Seaham maintained their pressure following the break but were unable to convert possession into points. As a result Yarm were always a threat on the break. Influential player-coach Johnny Whitehead had did an excellent job in the centre of the midfield by keeping his backs organised. However, when he left the field shortly after the hour, Seaham's defence began to look a little dysfunctional and gaps began to appear.

Yarm stole the game in the final ten minutes when Seaham ran out of steam and let them in for two converted tries on 68 and 74 minutes. Steve Sanderson added to the hosts' woes in the 78th minute when he was dismissed for dissent. The final two minutes were uneventful and the game ended with the visitors taking the spoils.

Final Score: SEAHAM (7) Yarm (14).

Seaham's secretary Neil Roseberry could hardly believe his side's luck...

"That's the second time we've let Yarm out of jail this season. We really need to make the most of our scoring opportunities because we enjoyed at least 60% possession today. We leaked two soft tries at the end of the game when we should have remained focussed and played for the full 80 minutes. Credit to our lads though. Many of them are young and relatively inexperienced but improving with each game,soth ture looks bright."

"Yarm were given a very tough time of it today; they expected a much easier run-out than that. This time last year many of our lads would have settled for keeping the scoreline down but today they're gutted to have lost a game they know fine well that they should have won. The challenge now is to take their positive attitude into next week's game down at Whitby."

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