Seaham right back in relegation fight

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SEAHAM suffered a heavy 57-12 defeat home to Ashington in a disappointing performance.

The team was on a high after the previous week’s fine win at Winlaton Vulcans, but a lack of available players left selectors lucky to name a squad of 16 men.

And the mood was not helped by a points deduction from the league that left them right back in a relegation dogfight in Durham and Northumberland Division Two.

The visitors’ big pack was very strong in the set-pieces and pressure finally told after 13 minutes when the visitors worked a clever overlap down the right flank to touch down.

A second try soon followed, and this one was converted from in front of the posts.

Ashington moved further clear with a third try and they almost added a fourth only for a desperate tap tackle by full-back Graeme Steel to halt the move.

Seaham’s plight worsened with injuries to Grant Dixon and Mark Wilson, and right on the stroke of half-time, Ashington recorded a bonus point with their fourth try to lead 24-0 at the break.

Seaham started the second half well with a try. The ball was fly-hacked down the field by Jack McCallum and the ball was secured by a thumping tackle by John Dixon.

Brad Green rifled a quick pass to Ryan Giblin and the youngster crossed for his maiden try of the season in the right corner.

Graeme Steel’s touchline conversion fell agonisingly short.

Any chances that Seaham had of battling their way back into the game were soon shattered when prop Jonny Martin split his right eye open after a clash of heads. He was taken to Sunderland Eye Infirmary and had eight stitches to seal his eyelid.

Just before the hour mark, following a sustained spell of pressure, Seaham battled their way deep inside the Ashington 22. Graeme Steel took a pass and looked likely to score but chose to throw a pass inside. This was cleverly read by the Ashington right wing and he intercepted and raced upfield and under the posts.

Seaham did cross the line again, though, as Aldus crashed over for his fifth try of the season. Steel added the extras to make it 38-12.

That was as good as it got though. A quick tap caught Seaham napping and resulted in another Ashington try – and two more followed before the final whistle.

H In Division One, bottom club Sunderland crashed 75-12 at Consett.

In Division Three, Washington went down 75-0 at Whitby.