Seaham go down in a tight fight

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SEAHAM ended 2012 on a disappointing note, going down 15-8 at home to Novos in Durham and Northumberland Division Two.

Seaham led with Jack McCallum’s second-minute penalty before the visitors missed three penalties in a five-minute spell of pressure.

Novos then took the lead with a 23rd-minute try, and went 10-3 up with another unconverted score nine minutes later.

Scrum-half Brad Green pulled a try back just before the break to make it 10-8.

In a very tight second half, the turning point came on 68 minutes when Seaham were defending a line-out 15 metres from their line.

The ball was thrown to the middle, but their jumper batted it towards the hosts’ line. Novos won the chase for the ball and touched down to make it 15-8.

Seaham skipper Ben Bell voiced his protests to the referee, who claimed he was unsighted, and tried to claim a knock-on in vain.

Novos kept Seaham in their own half for much of the second period. The hosts attacked down the flank throughout the dying stages but ran out of time, and had to settle for picking up a losing bonus point.

Seaham are not back in action until January 5, when the leagues resume.

H Australian Scott Johnson is set to be appointed as Scotland’s interim head coach before the end of this week.

Johnson, who had been part of former boss Andy Robinson’s Scotland coaching team, is poised to be in charge for the start of the RBS 6 Nations, against England at Twickenham on February 2.

H Toulon’s former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has refused to answer questions regarding his future.

Wilkinson has been with the wealthy French club since 2009, but there is speculation this may be the 33-year-old’s last campaign at the Stade Mayol, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.