Club mark anniversary with mid-table finish

SEGHILL’S league season ended on a low after Hartlepool Athletic were unable to field a side for the restaging of a fixture they postponed earlier this month.

Seghill, celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, returned to the Durham and Northumberland Leagues this season, and achieved a creditable mid-table position, but, had some close matches gone their way, could easily have managed a top-four finish.

The season was one of mixed fortunes as Seghill looked to achieve a fine balance of youth and experience.

With 13 of the squad aged under 21 at the start of the season, 46 players were used during the ensuing games, and together they produced some impressive team performances, numerous outstanding individual performances and super victories, the highlight of which was a 62-13 win over Washington.

They also sustained two heavy defeats – 56-5 to Whitby and 54-15 to North Shields. However, both of those sides gained promotion and frequently racked up more points than that, so Seghill should not be too disheartened by those two results.

On an individual note, centre Jake Armstrong was the club’s top points scorer, amassing 139 points from the 19 games he featured in. This included nine tries, also making him the side’s top try scorer.

The only ever present, featuring in all the first team’s games this season was Nick Heard, who started the season at flanker but later moved to the wing. He was the second highest scorer, with seven tries.

Veteran forward Neil Renney was the highest scoring member of the pack, with four tries.

But Seghill didn’t just have to rely on a few players to get their points as 19 other players also scored at least one try, and James Goodwin, Phil Russell, Dan Slater and Matthew Sherman also weighed in with kicks.

Second row forward Andrew Stephenson returned to the side after several years out with a hip problem. He proved to be a tremendous asset, not just for his strength in the pack, but also for his ability to score tries.

Centre Liam Lonsdale topped the try assist table, closely followed by James Goodwin and Nick Heard.

Seghill showed themselves to be well disciplined throughout the season. Although eight yellow cards were shown to six different players, no Seghill player was shown a red.

Seghill can now look to build on this season’s successes to mount a push for promotion next time out.