Seaham produced a gutsy performance in going down 62-5 to dominant South Shields in Durham/Northumberland Division Three on Saturday.
The visitors’ optimism was shortived, with Seaham put under immediate pressure straight from the kick-off, as Shields scored in the corner from a passage of possession that involved multiple phases, good handling skills and determined ‘grunt’ work from the forwards.
The home side reached half-time 33-0 ahead, with centre Steven Waddle kicking superbly to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The second half continued in very much the same way, with Seaham unable to make many in roads into the home half, despite the sterling efforts of back row Grant Dixon and Stephen Noble.
Seaham’s frustrations threatened to boil over, with Chris ‘Hodor’ Bland yellow-carded, while Matthew Wharton was unceremoniously dumped on the floor by his opposite number for which he was also yellow-carded.
Seaham did get on the scoreboard when Glen Hardie showed great heart chasing a nothing kick into the Shields half. It bounced kindly for him and he was able to finish, though the conversion was missed by Graeme ‘Kes’ Steel.
Flanker Matthew Wharton and fly-half Scott Patterson had baptisms of fire on their returns from injury.
Seaham will be back in action this Saturday when they meet Yarm at Lord Byron’s Walk (2.30pm).