Seaton Carew too good for Hartlepool BBOB

Seaton (hoops) V BBOB
Seaton (hoops) V BBOB

SEATON opened their Durham Northumberland Division Two programme with commanding derby win over local rivals BBOB.

Seaton struck within the opening minutes of the game when number eight Alan Ainsley picked up from the base of the very first scrum to crash over close to the posts.

As it turned out this was to be first of a procession of first-half unanswered scores.

On nine minutes, the ball was turned over at a scrum and, making good use of an overlap, centre Martin Lithgo raced in.

The forwards made good ground to set up the next score and, when the ball was eventually shipped out wide, Lithgo outpaced the defence to touch down between the uprights.

His fellow centre Jon Taylor was next on the scoresheet. Brigade’s attack broke down on the home 22 and Taylor scooped up the loose ball and ran three-quarters of the pitch to cross.

Full-back Lewis Humble, who had already slotted three conversions, then added a penalty to make it 29-0.

With five minutes of the half remaining, the Seasiders moved ball along the line and right wing Karl Johnson scored try number five in the corner to take a 34-0 lead into the interval.

Seaton extended their lead in the 46th minute. Having been awarded a penalty in the away 22, they decided to run the ball and full-back Humble cut through in the centre and then converted his own try.

Brigade had not been helped by going down to 13 men for a period having collected two yellow cards.

BBOB rallied to put in a commendable second-half spell.

Andrew Arnell grafted in usual style and Matty Thornton went over twice with Andrew Lilley converting one.

Brian Foreman and Jonny Hetherington both tested the home defence as Brigade continued to contest despite having lost the game.

Seaton lost their shape for a while but still managed to work their way up field and scored again to conclude their victory. Lithgo broke through but it was midfield partnerTaylor who finished off the move with Humble adding the conversion.