Seaham’s running power stuns Seghill

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SEAHAM’S new brand of running rugby was too much for Seghill on Saturday as the visitors were given a 43-16 beating.

The win puts Seaham four points clear at the top of the Durham and Northumberland Division Three after rivals Newton Aycliffe lost at home to Winlaton.

The pattern was set early as full-back Glen Hardie took a catch just outside his 22 and launched one of his trademark blistering runs, just two minutes into the game.

After sucking in two defenders he offloaded inside to Jon Dye. The big centre timed a perfect pass to Chris Bland and after a brutal hand-off, he went over in the corner for the opening try.

Seaham maintained the tempo and battled upfield again with skipper Ben Bell, Grant Dixon and Ryan Pink at the heart of everything. A handling error forced a scrum in the Seghill 22 and Seaham stole a nudge to win turnover ball. A rolling maul was formed and Pink registered his sixth try of the season. This time, Hardie added the extras and Seaham were 12-0 ahead.

Seghill then pushed Seaham back, but just as the try-line beckoned, fly-half Jack McCallum intercepted a pass and sprinted the length of the pitch for a try. The successful conversion made it 19-0.

The visitors responded well, though, and on 20 minutes their scrum-half sold a dummy and jinked through the defence before touching down. A successful penalty soon after left the visitors 19-10 down.

Seaham thought they had scored again when young winger Joey Jones crashed over, but play was brought back for a forward pass.

Seaham did stretch their lead when their forwards – with front rows Jonny Martin, Dan Cahill and Gary Lynn to the fore – rumbled upfield. A ruck was set up and Brad Green broke away and sucked in several defenders before setting up Graham Aldus for his third score of the season. Hardie’s conversion stretched the lead to 16 points.

An exchange of penalties maintained the difference, but Seghill looked certain to score a try only for McCallum to chase his man down and execute a perfectly -timed tackle.

Another penalty, though, soon brought Seghill three points closer.

Seaham stepped up a gear as they entered the final quarter and a good offload from Bland found Green and the scrum-half crossed for his second try of the season. The conversion made it 36-16.

McCallum put the icing on the cake on 77 minutes when he ran in his fourth try of the season, converted once again by Hardie.

H Houghton lost their 100 per cent Division Three record weith a 26-15 home defeat to Chester-le-Street.