SEAHAM got 2011 off to a winning start with a hard-fought 13-11 win over fourth-placed Sedgefield.
Unsurprisingly, the game got off to a sluggish start, with both sides looking a little ring-rusty following an enforced seven week break.
Seaham’s forwards looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but Sedgefield showed their mettle in defence.
A break led to them earning an 18th minute penalty. The visitors’ fly half kept his cool and slotted the ball between the posts for a 3-0 advantage.
The hosts’ intensive pressure eventually paid off when Brad Green saw a gap and went though to touch down.
The hosts seemed to be holding them at bay only for flanker Grant Dixon to concede a penalty when he went over the top at a ruck. The kick was slotted and the visitors found themselves a point ahead at 6-5.
Sedgefield stretched their lead with some clever interplay.
The visitors’ scrum half popped a neat inside pass to one of his second rows. He, in turn, found a gap in the defence and fell over the line to take the score to 11-5.
Seaham’s efforts were rewarded when Andrew Baxter got his fourth try of the season.
Fly half Dave Davison lined up directly behind a scrum on the visitor’s 22 and, following a crisp pass from Brad Green, launched a drop goal.
The ball sailed across for three points with seconds left on the clock.
Sedgefield attempted to claim the restart but conceded a penalty. With time up on Mr Malcolm’s watch, Dave Davison kicked the ball into touch and the final whistle was blown.