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Your News Seaham 12 - South Tyneside College 19

Seaham were rocked by several unavailabilities at the weekend but still got off to a solid start against South Tyneside College. Their forwards battered away at the visitors in the loose and took the game to them. Even when the College looked to counter, they were stopped in their tracks by some thumping tackles by the midfield partnership of Mark Wilson and Stu Tisseman.

Seaham's pack registered the opening score on 21 minutes when they rumbled a rolling maul over the line for verteran prop Dave Drinkwater to touch down for his fifth try of the season and a 5-0 lead.

The visitors tried to get back into the game but some stubborn resistance by the hosts held them at bay and caused several offences. However, their pressure paid off in the 29th minute when some crisp handling created an overlap down the right flank and their winger touched down in the corner for a try to level the scores.

The remainder of the half was played out at a furious pace with both sides looking to gain an ascendancy but there were no further scores registered and referee Alan Temple turned the sides around with the scores tied.

Half time: SEAHAM (5) South Tyneside College (5)

Seaham also registered the first score of the second half when skipper John Dixon took a neat pass on the edge of the visitors 22 and evaded several despairing tackles before crossing in the left corner and running under the posts for his 11th try of the season. Andy Hogwood's conversion stretched the lead to 12-5.

Seaham looked as if they were intent on expanding their lead as they stepped up the pressure with scrum half Grant Dixon launching some excellent box kicks to keep the College on the back foot. However, the visitors demonstrated some excellent handling and always looked threatening on the break.

All was going Seaham's way until the 68th minute, when the visitors' veteran centre burst up the left wing. He evaded several tackles before touching down under the posts for a converted try to tie the scores at 12-12.

The visitors landed Seaham a sickening blow with four minutes remaining when they got a third try courtesy of some poor tackling. However, they remained defiant; even when they watched the conversion sail over and stretch the visitors' lead to 19-12.

Seaham resumed the offensive but were unable to register any further scores. The visitors elation at the end of the game demonstrated how much they valued their hard-earned points from a tough encounter.

Full time: SEAHAM (12) South Tyneside College (19)

Seaham secretary Neil Roseberry rued his side's misfortune not for the first time in recent weeks:

"I cannot believe we lost today. We put every effort into the game and did everything we had to do to nail the points but Lady Luck deserted us yet again. It wouldn't be fair to lay the blame at anyone's feet because every single one of our lads played very well today and gave nothing less than 100%."

"Sometimes its easy to think the game is in the bag but it only takes two missed tackles and, all of a sudden, a 7-point advantage becomes a 7-point deficit. I spoke with our chairman Dave Bell after the game and we concluded that if we'd had a bit more luck in many of the games we'd lost by a single score this season, we'd easily be riding high in the top three."

"Not to worry. We remain upbeat and will keep plugging away and play our way back to more successful times... luck permitting."

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