Seaham hold on for the win

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SEAHAM got 2011 off to a winning start with a hard-fought 13-11 win over fourth-placed Sedgefield.

Unsurprisingly, the game got off to a sluggish start, with both sides looking a little ring-rusty following an enforced seven week break.

Seaham’s forwards looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but Sedgefield showed their mettle in defence.

A break led to them earning an 18th minute penalty. The visitors’ fly half kept his cool and slotted the ball between the posts for a 3-0 advantage.

The hosts’ intensive pressure eventually paid off when Brad Green saw a gap and went though to touch down.

The hosts seemed to be holding them at bay only for flanker Grant Dixon to concede a penalty when he went over the top at a ruck. The kick was slotted and the visitors found themselves a point ahead at 6-5.

Sedgefield stretched their lead with some clever interplay.

The visitors’ scrum half popped a neat inside pass to one of his second rows. He, in turn, found a gap in the defence and fell over the line to take the score to 11-5.

Seaham’s efforts were rewarded when Andrew Baxter got his fourth try of the season.

Fly half Dave Davison lined up directly behind a scrum on the visitor’s 22 and, following a crisp pass from Brad Green, launched a drop goal.

The ball sailed across for three points with seconds left on the clock.

Sedgefield attempted to claim the restart but conceded a penalty. With time up on Mr Malcolm’s watch, Dave Davison kicked the ball into touch and the final whistle was blown.