SEATON CAREW – 46
SEGHILL – 10
In Durham Northumberland Division Three, SEATON CAREW secured a hard fought but eventually comprehensive 46-10 home victory over Seghill. In the opening quarter, the Northumbrians had little possession and few scoring opportunities but, despite this, Seaton had little to show for their efforts apart from a Cam Lithgo penalty. It wasn't until the twenty fifth minute, with the ball going through several hands, that full-back Lewis Humble cut a great line through the drifting defence to touch down close to the posts. Fly-half Lithgo added the extra points. With only a few minutes of the half remaining and with the help of a couple of penalty scrums inside Seghill's twenty-two, Number 8 Alan Ainsley crossed the line for an unconverted try and a 15-0 lead at the interval.
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Within minutes of the restart, the seasiders executed a catch and drive from a five metre line-out and Ainsley powered over for his second score. Centre Craig Slaughter provided the conversion.
Seghill then produced a sustained period of pressure and, although Seaton defended gallantly for several minutes, they were eventually overwhelmed and the visitors touched down in the corner for an unconverted try. It was then Seaton's turn to camp down in the opposition half and, with all fifteen players involved, flanker Lee Kidson's long stride took him through from fifteen metres out for a sixtieth minute try. Slaughter's conversion secured the lead at 29-5.
With Seaton now playing expansive rugby, Humble broke through in the centre and winger Jack Lithgo bamboozled his opposite number before sprinting over in the corner. Seghill, who were always very much in this game, sucked in the home defence before scoring their second unconverted try but Seaton secured the re-start and, again with several players involved, worked quickly down field enabling Ainsley to complete his hat trick of tries. With only three minutes remaining, the seasiders took clean ball from a midfield scrum and, after a series of moves and quick recycling, Kidson broke through to find the inevitable Ainsley on his shoulder. Ainsley took his personal tally to four and Slaughter administered the "coup de grace" with the final conversion