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Your News Seaham lose out to Darlington Mowden Park in friendly

Many of Seahams younger members entered virgin territory when they hosted Darlington Mowden Park III at the weekend. The visitors from the Durham Junior League contributed to an open and entertaining game that kept the New Drive supporters entertained right to the death.

The well-drilled visitors looked very imposing on the attack and recycled possession time and again. However, it was the hosts who drew first blood when hooker Andrew Baxter wrong-footed the oppositions full back and crossed for his second try of the season. Dave Davisons added conversion stretched the lead to 7-0.

The lead was to last a mere three minutes as Mowdens mobile number 8 found himself on the end of an overlap and touched down in the right corner. The conversion was missed so Seaham retained a narrow 7-5 advantage.

After a tightly 15-minute fought spell, in which both sides battered away and looked to gain the ascendancy, it was the visitors who went on to register the next points. Their pack interlinked with the threequarter line throughout numerous phases before their winger eventually touched down in the right corner. Again the conversion was missed but the visitors held a 10-7 lead.

Seaham refused to succumb to the visitors pressure and continued to soak up their pressure and defend well; with debutant centre Ben Stockton proving more than a match for the opposition midfield. Imposing pack leader Stu Barrass marshalled his forwards well and orchestrated some fine rolling mauls that took play deep into Mowdens half.

The pressure paid off on the stroke of half-time when full back Glen Hardie showed some blistering pace at close quarters and showed an outrageous dummy before crossing to the left of the posts for his sides second try of the day to take a 12-10 lead. Dave Davisons second conversion of the day drifted narrowly wide and match referee, Ray Coulthard, blew for the interval.

Half-time: SEAHAM (12) Darlington Mowden Park III (10)

Once again, play resumed at a furious pace with both sides going at it hammer and tongs. Front row substitute James Rochester, on at the interval for Steve Meir, made his presence felt in the scrums as Seaham continued to shove the opposition eight around at will.

Mowden broke the deadlock on 46 minutes when some fine interplay between their forwards and backs took play down to the bottom right hand corner. They maintained a cool head and retained possession before eventually crossing for their third try of the day. The conversion took the lead to 17-12.

Seahams defence went to sleep and some lacklustre tackling leaked a fourth try a little more than four minutes later. Fortunately, the conversion was missed so the lead remained 22-12. At this point Seaham may well have wondered how they were trailing by ten points after maintaining parity.

A fifth try of the day was registered by the visitors on 72 minutes as they took advantage of Seahams tiring legs. Their scrum half made a fine break down the narrow left flank before offloading to his centre. The ball was touched down near the left corner for a 27-12 lead.

Still, the hosts refused to concede defeat and resumed the offensive from the restart. Michael Bland covered just about every blade of grass and was also rock solid in the lineout throughout the match. He caught a fine catch and set up a rolling maul that took Seaham right to the Mowden try line. Just when play looked to be held up, Dave Drinkwater broke away from a pile of bodies and ran under the posts to touch down for his sixth try of the season. Davisons second conversion of the day was added to reduce the arrears to eight points but this proved to be the last play of the match as Mr Coulthard blew for time.

Full-time: SEAHAM (19) Darlington Mowden Park II (27)

Although his side emerged winless once again, Seahamss Neil Roseberry remained positive in defeat and was happy to highlight the positives:

We played tremendously throughout the entire match and contributed towards a fine and flowing game. Fair play to Mowden, they were well-drilled and obviously train together more conscientiously than our lads do, but thats something we can work on and improve.

Although much of our play was fairly ad lib today, we executed some excellent moves and looked more than capable of winning the game. We hung on in there when Mowden looked threatening and demonstrated some fluid handling in attack. Once again, it was our tackling that proved to be our downfall when it really counted, but credit to the lads for an overall brave effort.

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