Mighty Seaham are going up!

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SEAHAM clinched promotion out of Durham and Northumberland Division Three with a comprehensive 38-12 success against Newton Aycliffe.

The win, a 16th in 18 league games, also kept Seaham on the title trail – they are five points behind leaders Prudhoe and Stocksfield, who have played a game more.

Seaham took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Ben Bell turned a ruck in Seaham’s favour.

In their eagerness to regain the ball, one of Aycliffe’s forwards strayed offside in front of the posts and Brad Green punished them with a penalty.

However, Aycliffe scored the first try when their number eight went on a superb run before offloading to his scrum-half, who crossed for a converted try and a 7-3 lead.

Aycliffe appeared buoyed by their efforts, but Seaham eventually regained the lead on 31 minutes when excellent handling by centres John Dixon and Graham Aldus took them to the verge of the Aycliffe line.

From the ensuing ruck, number eight Ben Bell spotted a gap and went over, though Seaham had to be content with a narrow 8-7 lead at the break.

However, a fine drive in the 43rd minute shunted the Aycliffe scrum backwards.

This caused chaos in the visitors’ defence and Ben Bell picked up and passed to Green. He offloaded quickly to Glen Hardie, who crossed for his ninth try of the season to stretch the lead to 13-7.

Andy Baxter was left dazed by a high tackle and was replaced by Dan Cahill, Green adding a second penalty to stretch the lead to 16-7.

The same centre who had high tackled Baxter was then sin-binned and Green punished the discretion with his third penalty of the day to stretch the lead to 19-7.

Aycliffe were temporarily reduced to 13 men when their second row was yellow-carded following a scuffle with Dan Cahill.

And Seaham took full advantage when a strong forward drive, led by Mark Wilson and Barry Siddle, took them close to Aycliffe’s line.

Green spotted a gap and passed outside to Ramshaw, who unleashed wing Joey Jones to power over for his 10th try of the season.

Graeme Steel converted from the touchline to put Seaham 26-7 ahead.

Shortly after the hour, Seaham turned another of Aycliffe’s scrums in their own favour.

The Harbour eight drove over the ball for Bell to pick up and feed Green, the scrum-half crossing to make it 31-7.

He then doubled his try tally in the closing 10 minutes and added the conversion for a personal haul of 21 points on the day.

However, the final word went to the visitors, who were rewarded with a try near the death.