CAPTAIN Frazer Hill took Seghill Deputies to Winlaton for what may be their final game of the season.
Seghill started brightly and Dan Slater narrowly missed a penalty which would have given them an early lead.
Moments later when Winlaton were penalised again, Seghill opted to run the ball with Slater popping the ball to Davie Norris. The big second row powered forward, and when he was stopped, the pack were following up to drive the ball on, Andrew Stephenson reaching a long arm over the line to score. Slater added the conversion.
Then a sloppy pass out to the wing proved to be Seghill’s undoing as Shaun Horsfall nipped in to steal the ball and run in for a try in the right corner.
Seghill piled on the pressure, forcing Winlaton to defend deep in their own 22, and they thought they had extended their lead when Norris dived over, but Winlaton held the ball up and continued to defend strongly, keeping the deficit to just two points at the break.
Seghill lost the influential Norris at half-time with a shoulder injury and rejigged the pack for the second half.
Immediately after the restart, the Seghill defence went missing and Gareth Henderson jinked his way through to score an easy try.
Seghill then had to replace Gordon Bailey and Martin Scott due to knee injuries. Winlaton also made changes, bringing on more experience players as they looked to take control of the game.
As the home side pushed forward, strong tackles from Stephenson, Gary Miller, James Shaw and Nick Heard looked to be holding them back. But when a gap appeared Joe Jenkins burst through, and althouth Liam Lonsdale made a super tackle, Jenkins’s momentum carried him under the posts, leaving an easy conversion.
A Shane Moutrey try took Winlaton’s tally to four as they secured victory, while Seghill’s injuries continued when man of the match Gary Miller was forced off near the end with a neck injury.