Seaham battlers are muddy marvels + SLIDESHOW

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SEAHAM triumphed in a muddy battle at Washington, claiming a 29-5 victory in Durham and Northumberland Division Three.

Dan Cahill made an early return from injury to fill in as hooker for Seaham and made a big impact in the set-pieces, winning six strikes against the head.

Washington (blue) v Seaham (red) rugby action.

Washington (blue) v Seaham (red) rugby action.

The home side’s chances were not helped when they were soon a man down, penalised for impeding Graeme Steel as he attempted to take a quick 22 restart.

Although they failed to register a score while a man up, Seaham dominated and finally took the lead on 27 minutes. Cahill hooked a ball against the head and Ryan Pink picked up and charged forward.

The ball was recycled and big prop Jonny Martin crashed over. Glen Hardie missed his conversion attempt, but his side were 5-0 to the good.

Washington had an opportunity to narrow the deficit in the 32nd minute when solid pressure forced Gary Lynn to pop up out of the scrum. Washington opted for goal once again, but their effort drifted narrowly wide.

Seaham extended their lead in the second half when Pink took a catch and set the ball up for scrum-half Joey Jones to pass out to his backs. Hardie hit the line at a lovely angle and crossed to make it 10-0.

He had less luck with his conversion attempt, but the try had taken him past the century mark for the season.

Although the hosts enjoyed a fair percentage of possession and showed great spirit in taking on the visitors’ forwards, the Harbour side’s fitness levels appeared to stand them in good stead and they grew stronger as the game entered it final quarter.

Prop Gary Lynn made a bulldozing 40-metre run before being hauled down on the edge of the Washington 22.

Grant Westwick also found himself on the end of a flat pass after Jon Dye and Hardie had combined well in midfield and made good ground. However, the winger was caught by a well-marshalled Washington defence with the line in sight and forced into touch.

With time running out, Seaham looked good value for a win but a vital bonus point appeared to be eluding them.

Their spirits were lifted on 69 minutes, though, when fly-half Jack McCallum secured possession and outsprinted the home defence to touch down in the corner and put Seaham 15 points ahead.

Cahill crowned a star performance on 73 minutes when he benefited from a blistering run from McCallum and barged over for his first try of the season. Westwick took over the kicking duties and stretched the lead to 22-0.

Washington were rewarded for their efforts with a try of their own to make an impact on the scoresheet.

Seaham had the final say, though, when Joey Jones made a clever break and danced through a packed defence to touch down.

Westwick added the extras to complete the scoring.