Seaham Rugby Union club hammer West Hartlepool amateurs

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SEAHAM warmed up for Saturday’s return to league action with a 49-12 friendly victory.

Visitors West Hartlepool Amateurs had to concede the scheduled Durham County Junior Plate quarter-final tie because of a lack of numbers, but they fielded a side containing four Seaham players to make a game of it.

Seaham dominated the opening 20 minutes, but the visitors were the first on the scoreboard when they forced over the line for a converted try.

Seaham answered back within two minutes. Scrum-half Brad Jones found skipper John Dixon, who pounced over the line, with the conversion by Dave Davison.

From the restart, the ball was recycled before Dixon offloaded to Henry Brace, who touched down under the posts for another converted try.

Seaham resumed their momentum in the second half when prop Paul Scott took a pass on the 10-metre line and bulldozed his way to make it 21-7.

Centre Glen Hardie showed blistering speed to go over unopposed for the fourth try and after 49 minutes Ben Bell crossed unopposed to take Seaham past the 35-point mark.

John Dixon crossed for his second converted try of the day, and his side’s sixth, to go 42-7 ahead.

West pounced for their second try, but their lines were again breached in the 79th minute, with Dave Davison securing a 100 per cent success rate with the boot.

Seaham host Newton Aycliffe in Durham and Northumberland Division Three on Saturday.