Seaham RUFC suffered their second league defeat in a row on Saturday as they were beaten 15-3 by Chester-Le-Street in a closely fought encounter. 

Graeme Steel scored The Harbour’s only points from a first half penalty as the home side were unable to break through a stubborn Chester-Le-Street defence in tough conditions.

The match was originally scheduled to take place at the Donald Owen Clark Centre. However, due to a waterlogged pitch, rugby ballChester-Le-Street council deemed the pitch unplayable on Friday night.

A fixture swap was arranged between the two sides; meaning Seaham and Chester’s penultimate game of the season on April 9 of next year, will now be played at the Donald Owen Clark Centre, Riverside Park.

The change of venue did not seem to faze the visitors who started well and scored 3 tries inside 25 minutes. The heavy wind played a huge factor in the team’s kicking as they were unable to convert any of their tries.

Ten minutes before half-time, Seaham were awarded a penalty after a ruck was entered from the side about 30-yards out from Chester’s posts. Steel decided to kick at goal and did brilliantly to score considering the intense wind.

The home side pressed well in the second-half and should have reduced the deficit but for some excellent defending throughout by Chester-Le-Street.

There were positives for the Harbour to take into their next game though, which sees them take on second bottom Prudhoe & Stocksfield at home on Saturday December 12.



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