SEAHAM may have viewed an away trip to Richmondshire as a “banana skin”, but they had no trouble dispatching their Yorkshire opponents 24-6.
They now sit equal with Prudhoe & Stocksfield at the top of Durham and Northumberland Three, both teams on 64 points, 10 points ahead of Newton Aycliffe in third.
After only six minutes a turnover saw the ball recycled by James Ramshaw and spun out by Brad Green. Jack McCallum then fed Jon Dye, who put his fellow centre Graham Aldus over in the right corner.
Green’s touchline conversion attempt drifted wide, but Seaham were good value for their 5-0 lead within six minutes.
And after 34 minutes they stretched that lead when winger Joey Jones orchestrated another turnover.
Dye drew defenders before offloading to Aldus, who fed McCallum to sprint 35 metres to go over for an unconverted penalty and a 10-0 lead.
The advantage was reduced on the stroke of half-time when Seaham were penalised for handling in a ruck. The hosts’ fly-half kept his cool for a 20-metre penalty to get his side on the scoreboard.
And early in the second half Seaham flanker James Ramshaw broke his bind and conceded a penalty to bring the score to 10-6.
However, Seaham knuckled down and McCallum fed Dye for the player-coach to cross for his sixth try of the season. Green extended the lead to 17-6 with his first conversion.
Skipper Ben Bell applied pressure on Shire’s jumper and forced a knock-on. From the resulting scrum, Bell picked up and fed Green. He then shipped it to Dye, who found Aldus to cross his second try of the game and, more importantly, Seaham’s fourth. Green converted to take the lead to 24-6.
Seaham kept rolling forward but could not break the Richmondshire line again.
Seaham chairman Neil Roseberry said: “Not many teams have left Richmond with all the spoils this season. Right from the offset our attitude was impeccable.”
He added: “We are looking to start up a second XV once again, but need more bodies. All new faces would be welcome to come along and contribute.”