SEGHILL RFC edged a tight game against South Tyneside College when the home side missed a last kick of the game conversion which would have earned them a draw.
College opened the sdcoring on four minutes with the first of four tries for them on the day.
Seghill hit back with a try from prop Rick Monaghan, which was converted by Matthew Sherman.
The visitors then lost second row forward David Goldsmith to injury and he was replaced by Davie Norris.
Moments later they were reduced to 14 men when Andrew Stephenson, playing at flanker, was yellow carded for stamping.
Seghill’s indiscipline gave the home side numerous penalties, and although a James Goodwin kick cleared the ball up field, South Tyneside surged forward for their second try.
Once again this spurred Seghill in to action as they hit back immediately with a try for Craig Wood, converted again by Sherman.
Seghill centre Paul Latham limped off at the interval with a knee injury and was replaced by Jonny Heppworth.
The second half began cagily and it was College who broke through first with a try in the left corner.
Moments later a fine kick from Heppworth produced a lineout on College’s five-metre line. Seghill won the ball and Wood dived over for his second try.
Seghill thought they had secured the four-try bonus point when Norris followed up Nick Heard’s surging run down the left wing. He passed the ball to Norris, who crossed the line but three College backs were able to get bodies under the ball and held it up.
With ten minutes to go Chris Hogg limped off, with James Shaw moving from the wing to replace him at flanker. Frazer Hill took Shaw’s place on the right wing.
With four minutes left a penalty from Sherman looked to have sealed an away victory for Seghill, but College were not about to give in, and with the final play scored another try in the left corner.
However, the conversion, which would have given them the draw, sailed wide, and Seghill were able to take another victory which sees them move to third in the league.