Hartlepool prove too strong for Seaham

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SEAHAM lost 38-17 at home to Hartlepool in the quarter-final of the Durham County Junior Cup.

However, the game was a lot closer than the score suggests and the visitors were made to work hard for their win.

Hartlepool scored a pair of converted tries on midwat through the first half.

The first saw them cross the line almost unnoticed whilst both packs were enjoying a prolonged bout of fisticuffs near the touchline.

Seaham forced their way back on to the scoreboard just before the interval when Mick Bland won a lineout and Jon Dye broke through a tackle to cross for his first try of the season.

Bland took another fine lineout catch on 48 minutes and set up a rolling maul, which was finished off when his brother Chris touched down near the uprights.

Grant Westwick added the conversion to fetch the Harbour within two points of their opposition.

Unfortunately, Seaham’s momentum was disrupted on 51 minutes when prop Andy Hogwood was issued with a yellow card for cynical play.

Pool then ran in three tries, two of which were converted, to stretch their lead to 31-12.

Another Mick Bland lineout catch saw the ball passed through the line before new centre Alex Robson stormed over in the corner to reduce the arrears to 31-17.

Seaham were all set for a nail-biting finale, but ran out of steam.

Pool were to have the last laugh with a converted try at the death to clinch a hard-fought 38-17 victory.