SEAHAM suffered relegation from Durham and Northumberland Division Two in agonising fashion.
They were well beaten 58-22 at Hartlepool but gained a bonus point – only to discover that rivals Barnard Castle and Prudhoe and Stocksfield both won their games to seal survival.
That left Seaham relegated by two points, left them ruing the failure to play their game against North Shields in February, with the five-point deduction ultimately proving decisive.
The home side opened the scoring with a converted try, but Seaham hit back when Brad Green took a quick tap and charged for the line. He was stopped short but big flanker Grant Dixon picked up and barged over.
Seaham were reduced to 14 men in the 22nd minute when Chris Bland was shown a yellow card, and it was downhill from there with Hartlepool scoring three more tries before the break to lead 24-5.
The hosts carried on where the left off with three more tries early in the second half, taking them to 34-5.
An interception and breakaway try from Glen Hardie, which he then converted, gave Seaham a boost – but it was short-lived as Hartlepool recorded another three tries to go 51-12 up.
Again Seaham responded bravely as Steve Wilkinson charged through and passed to Graham Aldus, who touched down. Seaham desperately needed another try for the bonus point and battered away at the Hartlepool line – and it was Green whop went over for what might have been a vital score.
Hartlepool had the final say with a tenth try before the end, and Seaham’s misery was completed when they discovered their fate after the game.
H In Division One, Sunderland suffered a 25th defeat from 25 games when they lost 36-0 at home to Blyth, while Horden were 26-16 winners against Hartlepool Rovers.