Seaham hit top form for big win

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AFTER enduring a rare defeat against a strong Barnard Castle outfit last week, Seaham put matters right with a fine 30-0 win over South Tyneside College to send themselves eight points clear on top of Durham Northumberland Division Three.

Although they got off to a slow start, the hosts began to dig deep and Brad Green gave them an early 3-0 advantage.

The first try of the day was created when skipper Ben Bell broke away from a great driving effort from his forwards and fed fly-half Jack McCallum.

He then worked a clever switch with centre Jon Dye, who made an excellent break before offloading for second row John Dixon to score and put Seaham 8-0 ahead.

Grant Dixon scored the second try of the game just minutes later when he picked from the base of a ruck and powered his way over in the bottom right corner to take to score to 13-0.

Influential player-coach Jon Dye was forced off in the 25th minute after taking a big hit which left his shoulder in a sore state and Grant Dixon was spotted handling in a ruck and sent to the sin bin by referee Philip Walton just before half-time.

The visitors tried to battle their way back into the game, but Ben Bell tackled every black shirt that moved.

Seaham’s third try of the day was scored by Glen Hardie, following passes between Mark Wilson and John Dixon.

The ball was then fed through virtually every pair of hands available before the full-back ghosted between the outside centre and winger before touching down in the right corner for the eighth time this season.

Seaham earned a valuable bonus point on 56 minutes when the ball was sent through the backline for fly-half Jack McCallum to swallow-dive over.

Andy Hogwood also got in on the scoring act when he bulldozed over for a fifth try late in the game, following yet another expansive handling move.

Grant Dixon took over the kicking duties and added his team’s first conversion of the day to take the score to 30-0 and leave Seaham celebrating a fourth league double over opposition this season.