Redcar failed to overcome a determined Seaton Carew side
Redcar failed to overcome a determined Seaton Carew side, who took the lead from almost the first whistle, with a well struck penalty. Then they continued to attack the Redcar line and scored a try, which was unconverted, making the score 0 – 8. After 15 mins they were awarded another penalty which they kicked and from the restart as Redcar pushed forward into the opposition 22, Seaton picked up a loose ball to score a breakaway try which was converted. At 0 – 18 it looked an uphill battle for Redcar but they stuck to the task and were rewarded with a fine try created when Paul Evans took the ball on, passed to Mark Reed, looped round him and took the return pass to score, this was converted by Danny Addison.
From that move Mark (Chester) Reed was injured and had to be replaced by Glen Teeley. As play continued a Redcar lineout close to their own line the ball was tapped back and went loose only to be fell on by a Seaton Player to score an unopposed try, which they converted. Then on the stroke of halftime Danny Addison kicked a penalty for Redcar, to make the score 10 – 25.
From the start of the second half Redcar upped their game and attacked with the ball and also defended well stopping the Seaton players from scoring any points in the second half, and towards the end of the game as the Seaton players tired, Redcar pressed their line, Seaton gave away penalty after penalty to stop Redcar scoring, but Redcar kept taking tap penalties and running at them and eventually Chris Clitheroe crashed over to score an unconverted try. Seaton reacted violently to this score and a scuffle broke out as they jossled Clitheroe, two of the Seaton players were yellow carded and also Clitheroe for retaliation.
Redcar had 2 further chances to get points from penalties and they opted to kick for a lineout from the first, but it was fruitless and the second they kicked for the posts but missed, so a loosing bonus point was lost.
Final Score 15 - 25
Overall from a bad start, Redcar improved as the game went on with some good strong runs from centres Mark Patterson and Paul Evans and Andy Little being the pick of the forwards. On another day it would have been a game they could and would have won.