AFTER the previous weekend’s match against Hartlepool Athletic was postponed when the opposition were unable to field a team, and unsure if the game will be rearranged, Seghill RFC travelled down the A19 to The Old Friarage, to play Hartlepool BBOB, wondering if it may be their last league game of the season.
When the two sides met back at Welfare Park in September, it was Seghill who took a narrow 17-14 victory after an entertaining game.
Seghill made changes for Saturday’s latest meeting, moving Dan Avis to fly-half and Liam Lonsdale back to the wing after a spell at centre.
And it was the visitors who opened the scoring with an early penalty by Jake Armstrong.
But Hartlepool hit back with a try before a Craig Wood score, converted by Armstrong completed the scoring for the first half.
Avis increased Seghill’s lead after the break before Hartlepool hit back with a converted try and a penalty to level the scores.
When scrum-half Dan Slater’s try regained the lead for Seghill, the possibility of an away win looked on the cards.
But, perhaps with a long, hard season drawing to a close, Seghill began to struggle, missing tackles and allowing Hartlepool to regain momentum.
Once a try put them level, the result was never in doubt as the home side eased ahead and recorded a comfortable 35 -20 victory, cementing their position ahead of Seghill in the league. In fact Seghill slipped a position after Sedgefield’s away win at Newton Aycliffe.