Shields power past Seaham

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SEAHAM crashed to a 48-12 defeat at home to North Shields.

The visitors set out their intentions from the start with their lively backs let loose at every opportunity.

They scored the first try on 13 minutes after winning a line-out, and their openside flanker swept through a disjointed defence and touched down near the posts. Their fly-half added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

A similar score came just three minutes later, though the conversion was missed this time.

In the 23rd minute Shields broke from a scrum in the Seaham 22 and their flanker went over in the corner in the right corner. Before half-time, he nailed his hat-trick with a bonus point try. The conversion put Shields 24-0 up.

Another try from their big left wing extended the lead to 29-0 – and things got worse for Seaham, who then lost scrum-half Brad Green to a leg injury.

A pushover try soon followed, before the left winger went over again. A successful conversion made it 43-0.

Shortly after the hour, the visitors’ front jumper beat Ben Bell to a catch at the front of the line and set up a driving maul. The ball was then driven over for the eighth of the day.

Seaham finally found a way onto the scoreboard on 64 minutes when they were awarded a penalty on the edge of the Shields’ 22.

Graham Aldus took a quick tap and passed the ball out to fellow centre Mark Wilson. Andy Hogwood took the ball closer to the line and Chris Bland eventually battled his way over the line for his second try of the season. Hogwood missed the conversion, so the deficit remained 48-5.

Seaham added the final score of the afternoon after taking a quick tap penalty. The ball was passed to Graham Aldus and he forced his way over the line for his third try of the season. Andy Hogwood added the conversion.