Seghill were beaten at home current Durham Northumberland League 3 leaders on Saturday after an early yellow card turned the game in the visitors’ favour.
In better conditions than the previous week’s blizzard, Seghill took to the field on a decent run of form.
They started strongly and put the visitors on the back foot early on.
This dominance was sustained until what proved to be a costly turning point when the referee issued a yellow card to Seghill following an off-the-ball altercation.
Aycliffe took advantage of the extra man with two tries in quick succession from Adam Gascoine and Warren Parsonage.
Seghill responded well and opened their account through a Callum Burgess penalty.
This spurred the home side into further pressurising the visitors, but their hard work was countered by a further try from the visitors through Andrew Parkin just before the end of the first half.
After the break Seghill made a determined start which was rewarded when Will Smith went over for a try.
But Aycliffe were in no mood to give up their lead and added another try.
Yet again Seghill came back strongly and went close to their second try as the game entered the final quarter.
The home side continued to take the game to Aycliffe, who were showing signs of disorder.
Following sustained pressure from the home forwards and repeated infringements by the visitors the referee awarded a penalty try, which Burgess converted.
Sadly for Seghill the end of the game came too soon as they lost 15-25.
Seghill are away to West Harlepool TDSOB on Saturday, January 9, at 2.15pm.