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Your News North Shields 58 - Seghill 14

Currently lying second in Durham and Northumberland League 3, North Shields were always going to be tough beat, as they look to secure promotion.

It was the home side who dominated the first half, opening the scoring with a converted try after just five minutes. Although the Seghill forwards did manage to drive the North Shields pack back briefly, Shields took complete control, scoring 5 tries before the break.

Seghill were forced to make changes,bringing on Andy Moffatt, after losing hooker, Gavin Burgess to a shoulder injury mid way through the first half, and then bringing on Andrew Stephenson for Dan Blackburn at half time.

Seghill made the opening attack after the break, but when the move broke down, Shields placed a long kick up field. Jake Armstrong cleared to touch, but Shields won the line out, and increased their lead with another try.

Every attack by the home side looked likely to yield points, and only some excellent tackling by Seghill kept the score down to 53 points. It was at this point that Seghill began to play the better rugby, and pressurised the home defence. Shields became indisciplined and began to make mistakes.

Seghill began to create chances, and when Matthew Sherman burst through to collect a loose ball, it looked certain to be Seghill's opening try, but the referee blew for a scrum to Seghill after a knock on by the North Shileds fly half- apologising later for not allowing the advantage.

James Goodwin placed a high kick into the Shields 22, and with six defenders waiting for the ball, winger Nick Heard ran through, took the ball on the bounce and scored under the posts. Armstrong added the conversion.

Despite their huge lead, Shields seemed to panic, and when Seghill won a turn over ball, Nick Weir ran onto Dan Slater's pass and cut through the defence for Seghill's second try. Slater added the conversion.

With the final play of the game, Shields took their winning margin to 58-14 with a final try in the corner.

Although well beaten, Seghill can take a lot of positives from the second half performance.

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