1st XV v Barnard Castle

1st XV v Barnard Castle

By J Harrison - November 22 2010
In Durham Northumberland Division Two, SEATON CAREW lost 26-12 at Barnard Castle and in the process slipped into the league's bottom five.

In Durham Northumberland Division Two, SEATON CAREW lost 26-12 at Barnard Castle and in the process slipped into the league's bottom five. Judging by the strength of this performance, however, they need have no relegation fears, for many a lesser side would have buckled under the first half pressure applied by Seaton's forwards. They had near total ascendancy in the scrum and constantly drove the opposition onto the back foot with some excellent driving and mauling, in which Chris Lithgo was particularly prominent. Barny's speedy back division always posed a threat but, on the rare occasion that they crossed the half way line, Seaton's defence was equal to the challenge. Jeff Storey halted several attacks with some crunching tackles but Castle did not go away empty handed and they slotted two easy penalties. Seaton's score came predictably from a rock solid scrum. Alan Ainsley picked up from the base and crashed over for a twentieth minute try and Storey added the conversion. After the break, the home side showed just why they are in the top three and they stepped up a gear. They moved into a 9-7 lead with an early penalty and pinned the seasider's into their own half for fully twenty five minutes. As a rare Seaton foray broke down, Barny counter attacked from deep and touched down between the posts for a converted try. Shortly afterwards they increased the lead with a fourth penalty. Not to be outdone, the Seaton worked the ball into the opposition twenty-two. Dan Charlton took a quick tap penalty and, although the initial surge was brought up short, the ball was quickly re-cycled and Ainsley crossed to reduce the deficit to just seven points. The closing minutes once again saw Seaton pinned into their twenty-two and a misdirected clearance kick fell into the lap of Barny's flying left winger who put the issue beyond doubt.