SEAHAM’S struggles in Durham and Northumberland Two continued with a 20-10 defeat away to Whitley Bay Rockcliff.
The visitors started well and got a reward in the 11th minute when full-back Glen Hardie was fed a pass in midfield and outstripped the defence before crossing in the corner for his first try of the season.
His conversion attempt from the touchline fell just short.
Seaham then had to endure some heavy pressure from the hosts’ mobile pack and found themselves pinned in their own half for long periods.
An offence at the breakdown gifted Rockcliff a shot at goal, which was slotted home to make it 5-3.
Just before the half-hour, Seaham burst upfield with centres Graham Aldus and Graeme Steel combining well. Ryan Pink carried play to within five metres of Rockcliff’s line, but with a try begging, Seaham knocked on.
The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides defending and counter-attacking well.
The hosts had an opportunity to snatch the lead when Bell Bell was adjudged to have interfered with his opposite jumper in a lineout and a penalty was awarded – but the fly-half’s kick drifted wide.
Ten minutes into the half, Seaham conceded a soft penalty. Rather than retreating, they were caught napping when the hosts’ scrum-half took a quick tap and the Number 8 beat his way over in the corner for a try. An impressive touchline conversion was nailed to leave Seaham trailing 10-5.
Just before the hour, following several missed tackles by an extremely sloppy Seaham defence, the hosts managed to cross in the corner for another try, which was converted to stretch the advantage to 17-5.
Seaham hit back when Brad Green took a tapped penalty and passed to Ryan Pink before taking a return pass and surging through for his fourth try of the season. The conversion was missed.
With ten minutes remaining, Seaham managed to give another breakdown penalty away softly and Rockcliff’s fly-half teed slotted it through the posts to put his side 20-10 ahead. to deny Seaham a bonus point.
H In Durham and Northumberland One, Sunderland lost 66-8 at Gateshead, while Horden beat Ryton 53-0.