Opening day defeat at Blyth

Opening day defeat at Blyth

By Andy Short
8 September 2018
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Seaham lose out on opening day



Seaham opened their league campaign with a disappointing loss at Blyth.

They held their hosts out for the opening quarter but tries in the 24th and 27th minute - one converted - saw them trail by 12.

They had a chance to narrow the lead on 32 minutes when pressure from Glen Hardie forced a penalty. Unfortunately, the wind steered James Bromley's kick right of the posts.

Their woes were compounded in the 39th minute when they fumbled a John Dixon tapdown from a 5-metre lineout and the Blyth 8 pounced on it for a converted try.

Blyth were temporarily reduced to 14 men within a minute of the restart when their left wing was adjudged to have raised his elbow going into contact.

Seaham had a few chances to battle their way back into the game but were hampered by poor handling and a strong Blyth defence.

The hosts regrouped and finally managed to score a further brace of converted tries to lead 33-0.

Ian Chapman saw yellow on 77 minutes for leading with his elbow but Seaham defended bravely until the end and kept Blyth out.

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