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Your News Seaham 7 - South Park Rangers 19

Seaham learned a harsh lesson this weekend - turn your possession into points. Not for the first time this season, they enjoyed a monopoly of possession and territory but were unable to capitalise.

Seaham spent the best part of the first half camped deep in the South Park Rangers half courtesy of some sterling work by their pack. Michael Bland and Ben Bell dominated the lineouts and their front row of Dave Drinkwater, John Dawson and Neil Howard gave the opposition a torrid time in the scrums. Big second row Stu Barrass was in the thick of everything and ensured that the game was taken to the Teessiders.

Some poor handling errors and weak tackling proved to be Seaham's downfall however. Rangers made two forays out of their own territory in the first half and registered tries on both occasions; one converted for a 12-0 lead. The hosts retaliated with a drive down the right flank which took them close to the visitors line. However, some silly dissent by one of the home forwards saw a penalty reversed and gifted the hosts an opportunity to clear their lines 30 metres upfield. This proved to be Seaham's last scoring chance of the half.

Half Time: SEAHAM (0) South Park Rangers (12)

Four minutes after the break, the visitors made their third incursion into the Seaham half and notched their third try of the day, with an added conversion, to go 19-0 ahead.

Once again Seaham resumed the offensive and battered their way to the visitors' line on numerous occasions but a combination of stubborn defence, poor decision making and bad handling left them scoreless. They eventually scored in the 67th minute when they rolled a maul over the line and flanker Mark Wilson touched down for his third try of the season. Andy Hogwood's conversion reduced the arrears to 19-7.

Seaham continued their offensive and crossed the Rangers line a further three times but were adjudged to have been held-up courtesy of some sterling defence. In the end, the hosts offensive efforts were outdone by the visitors organisation in defence and cohesion on the counter-attack and, once again, victory slipped through their fingers.

Full Time: SEAHAM (7) South Park Rangers (19)

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