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Seghill's league season ended on a low, when Hartlepool Athletic were unable to field a side for the restaging of a fixture they postponed earlier this month.

Seghill, celebrating the club's 90th anniversary this year, returned to to the Durham and Northumberland Leagues this season, and achieved a creditable mid-table position - which, had some close matches gone their way, could easily have seen them achieve a top four finish.

The season as a whole was one of mixed fortunes as Seghill looked to achieve a fine balance of youth and experience. with 13 of the squad aged under 21 at the start of the season. Forty Six players were used during the course of the season, and together they produced some impressive team performance, numerous outstanding individual performances, super victories, the highlight of which was a 62-13 victory over Washington, many close and very entertaining matches, but also two heavy defeats: 56-5 to Whitby and 54-15 to North Shields. However, both of these sides gained promotion, and frequently racked up more points than this, so Seghill should not be too disheartened with those 2 results.

On an individual note, centre, Jake Armstrong was the club's top points scorer, amassing 139 points from the 19 games he featured in. This included 9 tries, which also made him the top try scorer. The only ever present, featuring in all the first teams games this season was Nick Heard, who started the season at flanker, but later moved to the wing. He was the second highest scorer, with 7 tries, and veteran forward, Neil Renney was the highest scoring member of the pack, with four tries. But Seghill didn't just have to rely on a few players to get their points, 19 other players also scored at least one try, and James Goodwin, Phil Russell, Dan Slater and Matthew Sherman also weighed in with kicks.

Second Row forward, Andrew Stephenson returned to the side after several years out with a hip problem. He proved to be a tremendous asset, not just for his strength in the pack, but also for his ability to score tries.

Centre Liam Lonsdale topped the try assist table, closely followed by James Goodwin and Nick Heard, as the players showed their determination, not just to score tries, but also to create try scoring opportunities for others.

Seghill showed themselves to be well disciplined throughout the season, although 8 yellow cards were shown to 6 different players, no Seghill player was show a red. An excellent achievement after such a competitive season.

Seghill can now look to take all these positives forward to next season, when they hope to mount a push for promotion.

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