Seaham out to build on brilliant show in loss to high-flying Redcar

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SEAHAM will look to record a fifth win of the season in Durham and Northumberland Division Two on Saturday.

They entertain second-bottom Barnard Castle, who have won three times in their 14 matches so far, including a 25-15 success against Seaham back in September.

Seaham go into the game having gone down 69-12 with a depleted squad away to high-flying Redcar last weekend, putting in a magnificent effort which saw them in front at one stage in the first half.

Seaham fought well and, after trailing to an early try, capped a fine spell with a try of their own, sparked initially by Jack McCallum and Brad Green.

Glen Hardie, playing out of position in the centre, tore downfield and placed a clever kick behind the retreating defence. The home full-back cleared under pressure but failed to find touch. McCallum gathered the ball and sucked in two defenders before offloading to centre Graham Aldus who crashed over for his fourth try of the season.

Incredibly, Seaham then went 12-7 ahead with a converted try on 19 minutes when fly half McCallum read the game well and intercepted a stray pass before charging from his own half and crossing for his sixth try of the season. Graeme Steel’s conversion was successful, but Redcar regained the initiative with two more tries for a 19-12 interval lead, and they proceeded to add 50 points in the second half, though Seaham were educed to 13 men for the final 25 minutes.

H In Division One, bottom club Sunderland face a difficult task at home to mid-table Hartlepool Rovers on Saturday, while Horden are away to fifth-top Medicals.

H Third-placed Houghton visit second-top Whitby in Division Three, with Washington entertaining Richmondshire, who are two points worse off in second bottom spot.