Seghill hold off Aycliffe to record valuable win

The Seghill pack edge ever closer to the try line during their win over Newton Aycliffe on Saturday.
The Seghill pack edge ever closer to the try line during their win over Newton Aycliffe on Saturday.

SEGHILL RFC recorded another home victory on Saturday when they held off Newton Aycliffe.

Seghill began the stronger, forcing the visitors to defend as the home pack were dominant in the muddy conditions and pushed Aycliffe back.

It was only a matter of time before one of the forwards found a way through, and on seven minutes Andrew Stephenson dived over to open the scoring.

This fired up the visitors and six minutes later they levelled with a try down the left wing.

When Seghill conceded a penalty on their five-metre line, Aycliffe took the advantage with another try, and they then increased their lead five minutes before the break with a try in the right corner.

Although Seghill piled on the pressure, Aycliffe defended well to maintain their ten point advantage at half-time.

Early in the second half Seghill narrowed the deficit. Jake Armstrong chipped the ball forward from the half way line. He chased the ball and won the race to the line to score before adding the conversion.

Seghill made changes to both the pack and back line and soon regained the lead when Craig Wood dived over after Seghill had forced Aycliffe back onto their line.

When a strong run from Liam Lonsdale was stopped just short, the Seghill pack piled in again, forcing the Aycliffe defence into more errors, and Neil Renney dived over for Seghill’s fourth try. Armstrong again adding the conversion.

Dan Avis collected the ball on his own try line after Aycliffe had kicked up field. He danced his way through the defence and was stopped just short of what would have been an extraordinary try.

When Aycliffe were penalised because the tackler did not release, Armstrong added the three points with a cool penalty kick from in front of the posts.

Although the visitors hit back with a converted try late on, it was not enough to prevent Seghill from recording another home victory.