SEAHAM endured a bad day as they went down 22-7 away to Seghill in Durham and Northumberland Division Three.
The visiting forward enjoyed a monopoly of possession, yet the home side outscored them four tries to one in an error-strewn game.
Jonny Martin and Grant Dixon did their best to rally the troops with trademark surging runs, but handling errors and poor decision-making defined Seaham’s game.
The end result was arguably their highest amount of knock-ons in a single game – well over 20.
This allowed the hosts an opportunity to regain momentum, score four tries and a conversion, and emerge as the better side.
Seaham’s only impact on the scoreboard was a solitary try by second row Chris Bland, which was driven over the line following a line-out catch and a rolling maul. Grant Westwick added the conversion.
Seaham are now faced with a major uphill struggle to regain a promotion spot after Winlaton Vulcans’ home win over Newton Aycliffe.
South Tyneside College have a six-point advantage and two games in hand following their weekend postponement.
H In Division Two, third top Sunderland were without a game.
Leaders Whitley Bay Rockcliff, though, suffered a 15-10 defeat to fourth-top Redcar. Ryton are top after a 26-8 win at North Shields.