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Your News Sedgefield 23 - Seaham 20

Seaham travelled to Sedgefield hoping to carry on the form that saw them defeat their old bogey team Chester-le-Street the previous week. However, although they prepared well throughout the warm-up, things simply did not fall into place for them as they may have expected.

The first 15 minutes were played at a lively tempo. The hosts took the lead with a 9th minute penalty when Seaham strayed offside at a ruck. Dave Davison levelled the scores four minutes later after the hosts had transgressed in front of the posts to tie the scores at 3-3.

Sedgefield opening the try scoring in the 16th minute when their elusive outside centre evaded several tackles before crossing the line in the left corner. Fortunately for Seaham, their kicker missed the conversion from an awkward angle so the lead remained at 8-3.

Seaham had the chance to narrow the deficit when Sedgefields pack were put under great pressure in front of their posts and conceded a penalty. Alas, fly half Dave Davison scuffed his attempt and it somehow drifted to the right of the posts.

The hosts rubbed salt into Seahams wounds ten minutes later when they took advantage of some sloppy defence and stole possession on the edge of the 22. The ball was passed along the backs and they crossed in the left corner for a second try. The conversion was missed but Seaham now found themselves 13-3 behind.

Seaham continued to plug away but were held at bay. The hosts tackling held up very well until hooker Andrew Baxter showed a moment of genius and chipped over the top of the defence before taking the catch and touching down under the posts. Andy Hogwood added the conversion with the final touch of the half and suddenly Seaham were back in with a shout as they trailed by a single score.

Half Time: Sedgefield (13) SEAHAM (10)

Seaham came flying out of the blocks in the early stages of the second half and took the game to their hosts. Big winger Chris Bland came agonisingly close to securing the lead when he rampaged up the left wing and bundled would-be tacklers off at will, only to be forced into touch within arms reach of the try line.

Sedgefield took advantage of their visitors generosity in the 51st minute when, once again, poor tackling gifted them their third try of the day to extend their lead to eight points. Fortunately for Seaham, the try had once again been registered in the corner so a difficult conversion drifted wide and the lead stayed at 18-10.

Seaham regained possession following a penalty miss and charged upfield deep into the opposition 22. They set up a sustained attack and their efforts were rewarded just before the hour when big second row Andy Hogwood bulldozed his way over in the left corner. The conversion attempt fell narrowly short so Sedgefield retained a narrow 18-15 advantage going into the final quarter.

The hosts notched a bonus point with their fourth try on 71 minutes, courtesy of some trademark sloppy defence by Seaham. Worse still, trailing by eight points at 23-15 left Seaham without the consolation of a losing bonus point so they faced an uphill challenge.

Stern words from coach John Whitehead spurred his men into action from the restart and they hammered into the opposition. Their efforts paid off when veteran prop Paul Scott took a pass in his own half and powered down the right flank. He seemed to be running out of space as he approached the Sedgefield 22 and looked inside. However, with the defence expecting a pass, he sold an outrageous dummy and carried on to touch down in the corner with three defenders in his wake. The hosts surrounded referee Stewart Malcolm to voice their protests that he had strayed into touch as he touched down, but he awarded the try nonetheless.

With the conversion missed Seaham were still in with a shout at 23-20 and the scene looked set for a grandstand finish. However, their lack of a ruthless streak and an apparent inability to take advantage their extra man was their undoing as they ran out of time. They had to settle for a losing bonus point in the end; scant consolation for all of the possession theyd enjoyed.

Full Time: Sedgefield (23) SEAHAM (20)

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