SEGHILL RFC held off the challenge of Seaham to earn a narrow 13-10 win on Saturday at Welfare Park.
Recent encounters between the two sides have been closely contested affairs - Seghill cruising into a lead and Seaham coming back at them in the second half - a this game was no different.
From a lineout just inside the 22, the Seghill pack drove forward and over the try line, but the ball was held up and Seghill were awarded a five-metre scrum.
Jonathan Heppworth released the ball to Matthew Sherman, who powered through the Seaham defence for the game’s opening try after just eight minutes.
Kicking was difficult in the blustery conditions, but Jake Armstrong increased Seghill’s lead with a penalty after 12 minutes.
Seghill were the dominant force in the first half, with Seaham barely able to break out of their own half, and it was a credit to the visitors defence that they were able to keep the score down, with Seghill taking just a point lead into the break.
Both sides made changes during the interval and this fired up the visitors, who began the second half like a different team.
For ten minutes, Seghill were forced back into their own 22 and it was only a matter of time before Seaham created a chance that saw Ben Bell dive over for a try to put them back in the game.
Their pleasure was short lived as Seghill broke up field almost immediately from the restart.
The ball finally breaking for Phil Russell to dive over and restore Seghill’s lead. He later had to leave the field for a blood injury sustained in a tackle as he made one of his trade-mark runs down the wing.
Seghill made more substitutions and Ian Avis was on the field less than ten minutes as replacement hooker for Andy McLean when he was saw yellow for handling on the floor.
Seaham made the man advantage pay with a try scored by Andrew Baxter, but they were unable to prevent Seghill recording a 13-10 victory at what was a blustery and muddy Welfare Park.