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At the start of this season, Seghill lost one of their juniors, Dan Townshend, when he suffered a serious knee injury. He is currently awaiting major knee surgery, but Seghill have been keen to keep him involved with the club, and on Sunday, he took charge of the 16's side that travelled to Houghton.

Seghill dominated the game from the opening whistle, with the forwards overwhelming their counterparts on the home side. With the pressure mounting, and forced to defend in their own 22, a moments indiscipline by the home side gave the visitors a penalty in front of the posts.A Matthew Sherman kick gave Seghill the start they'd wanted, and an early 3 point lead.

Driving runs from prop, Craig Embleton and hooker, Andy Mclean pushed the home side back again, and Seghill grew in confidence with every pass and drive.They were first to reach every loose ball and although Houghton defended superbly, they couldn't break out of their own half. Finally, when a fluid passing move by Seghill ended with a knock on, a 5m scrum looked to be an opportunity for Houghton to free the ball and clear up field. But once again, the Seghill pack showed their strength and drove the home side back. Mark French, on at scrum half for captain, Craig Smith, who was off the field for a blood injury, passed the ball out Adam Glennie at fly half, and short, quick passes soon got the ball out to the left wing. Tony Millar cut back inside, and held off three tacklers to score the first of Seghill's tries. Full back, Michael Blewitt's conversion attempt from the touchline sailed through between the posts to increase Seghill's lead.

Falling 10 points behind spurred Houghton into action, and for the first time in the match, Seghill had to show they could defend as well as they attack. Yet another fine display off tackling from Nick Heard and Steven Gluck, ably backed up by the rest of their team mates, saw Seghill hold firm to lead 10-0 at the break.

In the opening minutes of the second half, possession was fairly even, with both sides unable to take any advantage. When the home side made a long kick forward, man of the match Michael Blewitt, in only his third game for the club, took a great catch in his own 22. He dummied a pass then ran the length of the pitch, shrugging off tackles, to score a fine solo try under the posts, leaving Sherman with an easy kick to add the 2 points.

Coach Townshend, made several substitutions and switched his backs around to maintain the visitor's advantage. A period of intense Seghill pressure followed, with the forwards driving Houghton back onto the own try line. Though the home side held them at bay for as long as they could, they couldn't turn over the ball, and Seghill added a third try when Nick Heard broke from the back of a ruck to dive over the line.

From the restart, Seghill were straight back on the attack, when winger Liam Lonsdale collected the ball and jinked his way through the defence, with only a last minute tackle stopping him from adding another try. But again Seghill forwards were there, and drove the ball on. This time it was Dan Avis, on as a replacement for Brad Wheatley at centre, who crossed the line for the fourth try of the day. Sherman stepped forward again, and coolly added the conversion.

Heard soon added a fifth, his second try of the day, when Seghill turned over ball and he cut in from the wing. This time it was Blewitt who converted from wide on the right.

Credit must be given to Houghton, who, although they were being over-run and were unable to match Seghill on the day, never let their heads drop, and continued to battle until the end. They looked like they might get a late consolation try, but again the Seghill forwards showed their strength, and turned over the ball as they had done so many times during the game. Though there was a suggestion of off-side, the referee let play go on, and John Peace ran from the half way line to score under the posts with the final play of the game, leaving Sherman with an easy kick for another two points to give Seghill a comprehensive 43-0 away victory.

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