Houghton Masters winning formula

Houghton (black) in action against Seaham at Dairy Lane, Houghton.
Houghton (black) in action against Seaham at Dairy Lane, Houghton.
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HOUGHTON secured their second successive win at the start of the new Durham and Northumberland Three season with an emphatic 35-0 triumph over local rivals Seaham at Dairy Lane on Saturday.

Seaham pressed forward from the start, but Houghton took the lead against the run of play after nine minutes. They moved the ball upfield and following a breakdown in play just outside the Seaham 22, they were award a penalty for a Seaham infringement. The penalty was converted by Dan Bearn.

The lead was soon doubled when Houghton were awarded another penalty in the Seaham 22 and Bearn was again successful.

The remainder of the first half saw both sides fully committed to playing free-flowing rugby, but both were forced to make substitutions due to injuries, with Bearn forced off with a sprained ankle.

Houghton increased their lead just before half time when Glenn Atkinson to scored the first try of the game. The conversion was missed, but Houghton led 11-0.

The second half started brightly and after two minutes Houghton gained possession at a break down on the Seaham 22 and Jack Masters ran in the try and successfully kicked the conversion.

Seaham’s defence started to tire as the game wore on, and the lively Houghton backs produced a number of flowing moves which culminated in winger Brett Henderson running in the third try of the afternoon.

Houghton continued putting the pressure on the visitors’ defence and their efforts were rewarded when Masters scored his second try of the afternoon to secure a bonus point.

Mark Douglass added the fifth and final try just before the end.