Seghill end losing run in style with comprehensive win

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ROCKED by injuries sustained in last week’s game at Seaham, including prop John Dugan with a broken ankle, wing Joe McLean with dislocated shoulder and prop Rick Monaghan with torn ankle ligaments, and with wing Nick Heard playing with stitches in a thumb injury, Seghill welcomed Sedgefield to an unseasonable warm Welfare Park on Saturday, for their latest Durham and Northumberland division three match.

Going into the game on the back of three defeats, Seghill were determined to get back to winning ways and dominated from the start.

However the first breakthough did not come until the tenth minute when Seghill won the ball from the visitors scrum deep in Sedgefield’s 22.

Dan Slater played the ball out to Matthew Sherman who went over for a try in the corner.

Sherman sustained a blood injury in the process and had to leave the field for treatment and was replaced by Jonny Hepworth.

In the meantime, Jake Armstrong slotted over the conversion.

Moments later Sedgefield were penalised for not releasing Heard after a run down the left wing. Slater kicked to the corner, and from the lineout the forwards drove Gavin Burgess over for Seghill’s second try.

James Goodwin scored a fine solo try after 21 minutes, with a run from his own half, down the left wing.

Slater thought he was about to score try number four but a fine tackle right on the line by Owen Robinson took him into touch.

The visitors were unable to break out of their own half as Seghill dominated possession and territory.

When Craig Wood gathered the ball from a lineout on the five metre line, he slipped the ball to Anth Lowery to score.

From the restart Seghill conceded a penalty and Robinson’s kick from in front of the posts saw Sedgefield finally get on the board.

However, Seghill powered forward again, Jake Armstrong surging through for a try on the stroke of half-time with Slater adding the conversion.

Just after the break, Armstrong got his second try with a solo run from the half way line, Slater again adding the extra points.

With Sedgefield strugging against the power of the Seghill pack, they lost the ball again from their own scrum and No. 8 Wood swung off the back of the scrum and released Lowery, again for another try under the posts which Slater converted.

With the match well out of Sedgefield’s reach, Seghill rattled in three more tries, all from Paul Latham, the first converted by Slater and the third by Armstrong, to record a comprehensive 62-3 home victory.