John Dixon believes that Seaham RUFC were “flat” in their final game of the season.
“There was a delay in the referee getting there because he went to the wrong ground so I don’t know if that psychologically affected us, it shouldn’t have,” said Dixon.
Seaham ended their season with an away game to Sedgefield during which they suffered a defeat at the hands of their hosts with a score line of 46-10. Basic handling and tackling errors cost Seaham the game along with the inability maintain good phases.
“They (Sedgefield) were just physically stronger than us in the scrum and in the set piece,” said Dixon.
“They had a big eight who picked and carried the ball well and a seven who disrupted all of our play. And they just seemed to want it more than us. We just looked tired.”
However, there were some positive sides to the game, particularly Rob Thornton who “at 47 made some of the tackles of the game.”
Despite their loss, Seaham followed up their game with their presentation night to round up the season. Barry Morton was awarded player’s player of the year and was also the man of the match of the game nominated by the away side.
In regards to the season as a whole, Dixon described it as “average” after finishing sixth out of twelve.
He said: “When we’re firing; we’re firing. When we’re not we throw it away. When we do well we do well but we just can’t maintain consistency. We can’t maintain the same team going out every week.
“What we have shown towards the end of the season is that trainings worked. More people were getting to training and those key drills are working.”
Talking about potential promotion next season Dixon added: “We could push promotion. The problem with promotion is it’s a big step up. We’ve been there; we’ve done it once.
“It’s a massive step. When you get promoted you’re only allowed three subs instead of your rolling five.”