Tough win for table-topping Seaham

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SEAHAM endured a tough and bruising encounter against Prudhoe and Stocksfield, but won 18-8 to stay top of Durham/Northumberland Division Three.

The opening stages of the game were frantic, but a deft kick from Glen Hardie took Seaham 10 metres from the opposition’s line. Ben Bell took a fine lineout catch and set up a rolling maul, with Grant Dixon shunting over Prudhoe’s line.

Dan Cahil fluffed a penatly, but from a ruck, Green passed the ball back to Hardie and the fly-half made a break, being tackled just short of the line. The ball was recycled and prop Gary Lynn muscled his way over to put Seaham 10-0 ahead after 26 minutes.

After half-time Prudhoe were quickest out of the blocks, but Seaham regained their composure.

However, Prudhoe managed to take advantage of their extra man just before Cahill returned from the sin-bin when they passed crisply and evaded some poor tackling to cross in the left corner and close the gap to 10-8.

Tighthead prop Paul Scott then capped a strong performance with a try on 74 minutes.

A clever break by Jack McCallum took play to the verge of the visitors’ try line. With his forwards in hot pursuit, McCallum was able to keep his composure and coolly recycle the ball.

Scott then emerged from the pile of bodies and forced his way over the line, with three defenders clinging to him. For the third time, a conversion attempt was missed, but Seaham were ahead by a score.

Seaham went for a fourth try and battered away at Prudhoe in pursuit of a bonus point.

Following a further series of uncontested scrums and determined defence by the visitors, Seaham were awarded another penalty, Grant Dixon coolly nailing it with the last play of the match and securing Seaham their fifth consecutive league win, while denying the visitors their losing bonus point.

H Durham City clinched an 18-7 win over Wheatley Hills at Hollow Drift to move City mid-table in North One East.