Seghill turn on the style to sink Sedgefield
Seghill edged Durham and Northumberland Division Three title chasers Sedgefield in a tight game on Saturday.
If Sedgefield thought that Seghill might be suffering a hangover from their midweek cup defeat, they were sadly mistaken.
On a cool but calm day, Seghill got off to a bright start by forcing the visitors to defend deep in their own territory.
The early pressure almost paid off when the home side earned an early penalty but were unable to convert.
Slowly Sedgefield got into the game and for the next ten minutes the contest was evenly matched.
However Seghill broke the deadlock with some spirited attacking seeing George Hogg go over for the first try, converted by Callum Burgess.
The home side then continued to attack and defend well until finally Sedgefield made a breakthrough by Lines scoring two tries in quick succession.
This gave the visitors a lift and a period of dogged defending was required by Seghill.
As the game came to the end of the first half, Seghill mustered a well worked try which was finished superbly by Jake Swaddle to lead 12-10.
Following the interval, Seghill extended their lead as sloppy handling by the visitors resulted in Paul Lathom running in a fine try which Burgess converted.
The visitors rallied, though, and came back with tries by Smyth and Brennan to take the lead.
This was short lived as Burgess converted a penalty kick shortly afterwards. Then another try for Seghill came through Will Ramsay, who dived onto a perfectly weighted kick into the corner.
The last ten minutes of the game saw two yellow cards for the home side as the hard fought game saw emotions spill over.
Sedgefield managed to reduce the lead again through another Lines try, but the thoroughly entertaining game ended 27-25 in favour of Seghill.
Seghill’s next game is at home to Novos Centurions on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.