All smiles at Seaham

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THE feelgood factor at Seaham continues to flourish under player-coach Jon Dye’s tutelage, with the Development squad enjoying a 47-0 win away to West Hartlepool Thirds.

The Harbour lads’ pack was in dominant form from the outset and looked strong in the set-piece.

Big second row Mick Bland dominated the line-outs while young hooker Kurt Miller enjoyed a strong day in the scrums.

Ryan Pink, Chris Bland and Ben Bell were also competitive at the breakdown area.

Seaham were forced to reshuffle their ranks at various points throughout the game when several players picked up niggling injuries.

The versatile John Dixon gave the scrum-half position a try and more than filled the gap left by Brad Green. Regular wing Andy Short was also tried out at flanker.

Seaham took the lead when Pink touched down for his second try of the season. Full-back Glen Hardie added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

The visitors upped the pace and intensity following the break and recorded a further six tries courtesy of John Dixon, Gary Lynn, Glen Hardie, Ben Bell, Jack McCallum and Pink again.

Hardie had a successful day with the boot and landed six out of seven of his conversion attempts.

Another positive point from Seaham’s game was their support play with Grant Westwick and Joey Jones in the thick of things amongst the backs whilst Jonny Martin, Mick Bland and Pink were instrumental in many of their forward moves.

Although the Harbour lads gave a good account of themselves, there was still some disappointment that they could have recorded a few more scores.