Seaham lost out 36-29 in a tight first home game of the Durham/Northumberland Division Three season against Seghill, picking up a losing bonus point.
Seaham began well and were ahead within three minutes and they battled well throughout, despite losing John Dixon to injury.
The Seaham scrum was a lot firmer, with John Featherston and Kurt Miller leading at the front and Grant Dixon a welcome returnee.
Big runs from the Bland second row partnership punched holes in the Seghill defence, but both were separately yellow carded for tackling misdemeanours.
Scrum-half Elliot Pratt directed the game impressively, in front of the strongest-looking back line in many years.
Centres Jack Adamson and Adam Larkin dominated the midfield, with Seaham managing five tries, scored by Adamson (2), Miller, Glen Hardie and Matty Fisher.
Birthday boy Kes Steel had an off-day with his kicking, and two errors cost two tries.
Stephen Noble was Seaham’s outstanding man of the match at flanker.