SEAHAM have a mountain to climb in the national Junior Vase after losing their first leg tie 60-5 at Goole.
The visitors’ scrum held up well, but, despite their forward dominance, Seaham found themselves trailing 21-0 during the first quarter after conceding three converted tries.
Seaham came back into the game around the second quarter. John Dawson took a scrum strike against the head and Barry Morton broke 20 metres down the blindside before being tackled short.
Seaham’s forwards battled to breach the Goole defence but were held at bay. Their pressure earned a penalty eventually and Chris Bland crashed over the line from a quick tap to open Seaham’s account.
After a decent start to the second half, Seaham lost their way. Tackles were missed or were adjudged high and the increased penalty count put them on the back foot. Their efforts were not helped by Gary Lynn and John Dawson falling foul of the referee and earning yellow cards.
Goole took advantage of their extra numbers, scoring 39 unanswered points.
The return leg is at Seaham on February 1.