Seghill can take positives from defeat to promotion chasers

Nick Heard, scorer of Seghill's try in their defeat to North Shields on Saturday.
Nick Heard, scorer of Seghill's try in their defeat to North Shields on Saturday.
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CURRENTLY lying second in Durham and Northumberland division three, North Shields were always going to be tough for Seghill.

It was the home side who dominated the first half, opening the scoring with a converted try after just five minutes.

And although the Seghill forwards did manage to drive the pack back briefly, Shields took complete control, scoring five tries before the break.

Seghill were forced to make changes – Andy Moffatt on after losing hooker Gavin Burgess to a shoulder injury midway through the half, and then Andrew Stephenson for Dan Blackburn at half-time.

Shields won a lineout early in the second half and increased their lead with another try.

Every attack by the home side looked likely to yield points and only some excellent tackling by Seghill kept the score down to 53 points.

It was at this point Seghill began to play the better rugby and pressed the home defence.

Seghill began to create chances and when Matthew Sherman burst through to collect a loose ball, it looked certain to be Seghill’s opening try, but the referee blew for a scrum to Seghill after a knock on by the North Shileds fly-half.

James Goodwin placed a high kick into the Shields 22, and with six defenders waiting for the ball, winger Nick Heard ran through, took the ball on the bounce and scored under the posts. Armstrong added the conversion.

Despite their lead, Shields seemed to panic, and when Seghill won a turn over ball, Nick Weir ran onto Dan Slater’s pass and cut through the defence for a second try. Slater added the conversion.

With the final play of the game, Shields took their winning margin to 58-14 with a final try in the corner.

Although well beaten, Seghill can take a lot of positives from the second half performance.