Seaham made to fight for top spot

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SEAHAM kept up their long winning run, but were made to fight all the way for their home 27-19 win over Richmondshire.

Seaham were without front row forwards Gary Lynn and Dan Cahill, both working, and full-back Graeme Steel.

The visitors were first on the scoreboard when they capitalised on a handling error.

Richmondshire’s scrum-half launched a huge kick downfield, which was excellently caught and run under the posts for a converted try and a 7-0 lead.

However, Seaham came back when Paul Scott drove over after a series of rolling mauls. Brad Green’s successful conversion levelled the scores at 7-7.

After a Richmondshire handling error, second row John Dixon stormed up the field to score an uncoverted try and take the score to 12-7.

A Green penalty after a high tackle made it 15-7 and when Jon Dye offloaded to Joey Jones, it took the score to 20-7 at half-time.

That lead was stretched to 27-7 when Dye fed John Dixon for his second try of the day and Seaham’s bonus point.

However, Richmondshire fought back with a second try to make the score 27-12 and battled on for a third try, converted to take them within eights points at 27-19.

However, Seaham held on for their seventh successive league victory to secure a nine-point lead at the top of Durham/Northumberland Division Three.