SEAHAM paid the price of playing with a weakened team as they lost 43-12 to Newton Aycliffe.
In a game that everyone at Seaham thought they could win, Ryan Giblin followed in the footsteps of his late father David and represented Seaham for the first time.
The promising youngster lined up on the left wing and put in two thumping tackles within the first four minutes.
Some crisp handling and support play saw the hosts register three tries and two conversions leading up to the 20-minute mark to go 17-0 ahead.
Brad Green’s attempted clearance was then charged down and a fortunate bounce saw the ball fall into the hands of the hosts’ flanker, who fell over the line for a bonus point try. The conversion stretched the lead to 22-0.
A fifth try and conversion on the half-hour saw Aycliffe 29-0 ahead.
This seemed to spur Seaham into action and Aycliffe were forced to defend desperately and conceded several penalties.
Big second row Andy Hogwood finally broke their lines on 36 minutes when he barged over for his third try of the season, but Dave Davison had less luck with the conversion.
Seaham came out storming following the break and it was Dave Drinkwater who made an impression on the scoreboard as he crossed the try line in the 64th minute for his seventh try of the season. Davison’s conversion narrowed the gap to 29-12.
At a breakdown, one of the Aycliffe players appeared to headbutt Steve Topping and he returned the compliment, sending his opponent to the floor clutching his face – in full view of the referee.
After order was restored, the Seaham player was red-carded.
With the advantage of an extra man for most of the remaining 15 minutes, barring a 10-minute spell when one of their players was sin-binned for persistent infringement, Aycliffe were able to take full advantage and run in a further brace of converted tries.