Front-runners Seaham target five out of five

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SEAHAM will look to extend their perfect record in Durham and Northumberland Division Three with victory over visitors South Tyneside College on Saturday.

Seaham, who secured a fine bonus-point win at Houghton a fortnight ago, are top of the table with a 100 per cent record of four wins in four games.

But the season is still young and the College – who are fifth – always seem to provide stiff opposition for the Harbour lads.

Seaham aim to consolidate their four-point lead, but realise that they need to remain focused with Newton Aycliffe, Chester-le-Street, Winlaton Vulcans and the College all within touching distance should they slip up.

South Shields native Graham Aldus will be looking to build on his fine form for Seaham so far this season and take the game to his fellow townsfolk. His centre partnership with player-coach Jon Dye has been pivotal to much of Seaham’s play, while half-backs Brad Green and Jack McCallum have also linked well.

In the forwards, number eight Ryan Pink has been an inspiration and has already racked up seven tries this term. The Dixon brothers, John and Grant, have also brought out the best in each other.

Loosehead prop Johnny Martin has been rock solid in the set-pieces and demonstrated handling skills and support play that would humble most teams’ backs.

All players should meet at Seaham Leisure Centre for 1pm sharp, with the team announced after the meeting.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Also in Division Three, Houghton are away to pointless bottom club Jarrovians, while third-bottom Washington visit Seghill, who are one point worse off.

Seaham (home to South Tyneside College, meet 1pm) from – Backs: G Aldus, A Baxter, J Dye, B Green, TW Guscott, G Hardie, J Jones, J McCallum, B Morton, A Short, G Steel, R Thornton, G Westwick, N Wright

Forwards: B Bell, C Bland, M Bland, D Cahill, J Dawson, G Dixon, J Dixon, M Flowers, A Hogwood, G Lynn, J Martin, S Meir, R Pink, J. Ramshaw, B Siddle, M Wilson

H Sunderland have a crunch clash with Division Two table-toppers Whitley Bay Rockcliff at Ashbrooke on Saturday.

The Wearsiders have won five games out of six to sit in second place, eight points behind this weekend’s visitors, who have managed seven wins in their seven matches so far and averaged almost 40 points a game.

Sunderland seconds are also in action against Rockcliff, going north of the Tyne for the clash.

Sunderland II (away to Rockcliff, meet 12.45): R Buckley, G Edmundson, A Ross, C Fish, A Smith, J Cogdon, A Reay, J Hanson, H Silcox, D Blackburn, L Evans, P Hands, P Garvie, C Turner, P Brebner. Reps: K Summerside, J Parker, R Watson

H Fourth-top Durham City are away to lowly Ponteland in Division One, while Horden, sitting fifth after last weekend’s defeat at Guisborough, visit Stockton.