Seghill RFC beaten by strong Chester-le-Street display

Seghill RFC were beaten by a strong Chester-le-Street side on Saturday.

The visitors sat just below Seghill in Durham and Northumberland division 3, but with three straight wins behind them.

Despite the better of the two team’s recent form, Chester-le-Street were initially on the back foot as Seghill started brightly early on.

But the first opportunity to score fell to the visitors although they were unable to convert a penalty kick.

The visitors then began to gain confidence but Seghill defended well until on the 20-minute mark the visitors broke the deadlock with a try from Matt Pallister, and although the conversion kick was missed, Seghill came under increasing pressure.

Respite was provided when the home side were awarded a penalty which Callum Burgess converted.

Unfortunately this proved temporary as the visitors restored the lead with a try from Curtis which Ryan Seed converted.

The weather worsened as did the score line for Seghill as further tries from Palister, Curtis and Robson with conversions by Seed extended the visitors’ lead.

As the first half drew to a close Seghill did narrowly miss out on a try but the ball was held up by strong last ditch defending from the visitors.

The first half ended 31-3 in favour of the visitors.

The start of the second half saw Seghill push hard to get themselves back in the game and eventually they did with a try from Burgess, who also converted, followed up by a try from Will Smith.

Sadly for Seghill this proved to be too late to make a difference and the visitors scored the final points with a try from Brown.

The game ended 36-13 which helped the visitors draw level with Seghill in the league.

Before the game a minute’s silence was observed by both sets of players and spectators as a mark of respect for the recent passing of Alan Coleman.

Seghill’s next fixture is away to Prudhoe and Stocksfield on Saturday, February 13, kick-off 2.15pm.