Seaham urged to build on opener

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BOOSTED by last weekend’s opening win over Sedgefield, Seaham travel to Riverside Park to take on Chester-le-Street in Durham and Northumberland Division Three on Saturday.

The Cestrians will be in buoyant spirits, having put Yarm to the sword in their opener. With both Chester and Seaham having kept clean sheets in bonus point victories, something will have to give.

Chester-le-Street has never been a particularly happy hunting ground for Seaham, so they will need to be on their guard against a team with a point to prove.

Seaham played Chester three times in 2011/12 and, while they won all of those fixtures, none were easy. The hosts will be keen to set the record straight and will put every effort into upsetting the apple cart, so there will be no room for complacency from the visitors, despite their positive start to the campaign.

Training will take place tonight from 6.30pm at Seaham Leisure Centre and players who missed Tuesday’s session will have the opportunity to catch up and practice the game plan the coaching staff are advocating.

Senior players Ben Bell, Ryan Pink, John Dixon and Glen Hardie will be keen to carry on their fine form and help develop the skill set and confidence of those around them.

Influential prop Jonny Martin misses out this weekend and Michael Flowers remains 50/50 after taking a knock on the knee. Otherwise, player-coach Jon Dye will look to select from a strong squad.

All players should meet at the Leisure Centre for 12.45pm on Saturday. Anyone running late or making their own travel arrangements should contact Dye.