SEAHAM ended a glorious promotion season with a lacklustre 7-3 home defeat to Jarrovians.
The opening quarter was dominated by Jarrovians’ big pack, who appeared to shove Seaham around at will in the set pieces.
However, it was Seaham who eventually broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when one of the visitors’ back row was penalised for handling in a ruck.
Andy Hogwood stepped up to attempt the penalty from 30 metres and the big second row nailed his kick to put Seaham 3-0 ahead.
However, the visitors took a well-deserved lead three minutes before the break when they shunted Seaham’s pack over their own line and registered a pushover try, converted by their flanker for a 7-3 lead at half-time.
Seaham were livelier in the second half, but poor passing or bad decision-making stifled their progress.
Paul Scott did pick up and drive over the line to touch the ball down, but the referree judged he had made a double movement and ruled the try out.
Seaham’s chairman Neil Roseberry admitted: “Jarrovians demonstrated an admirable team spirit and put us well and truly in our place.
“We’ve relinquished a proud home record for league matches this season. We should have been able to win today’s game with plenty to spare. There can be no excuses
“We’ll be keen to get back to winning ways when we contest the County Plate Final against Newton Aycliffe on May 12.”