AFTER the win last week, Wallsend went out on a high as Seaham visited the Beacon Hill Fields, on a soggy day which they hoped would see them get another win and bonus point to match.
Seaham fielded what looked like experienced forward line up but with a very young back line. Wallsend were more or less back to full strength and with only Lee Millar missing meant second team captain Paul Symington started on the right wing.
Wallsend started very well and gained the upper hand straight away with good field position and nice running patterns up the field. It wasn’t long till the first try came in with Carl Cockburn running down the right for his first of the game.
Some great line out jumping from stalwart Drew Taylor gave Wallsend a very nice platform to send their big lad Chris Hood up for some early crash ball which made vital yards.
Then it was time for the second try of the game as after a few crashes up the middle along with some quick ball saw the ball spin wide left with Stephen Rutherford finding the gap between the wing and centre to run in untouched 14-0 Wallsend.
As the half went on Seaham didn’t really threaten the Wallsend line as the home team’s defence stood strong with great cover tackles and even better up front tackles especially from Craig Irwin and Jonny Baldwin.
The half finished off with a try by captain Chris Metcalfe as he out paced his marker after some basic hands along the line. The conversion was from the touch line and Hamil missed his kick. So Wallsend went in 19-0 at half time.
Well a quick half time chat stating obvious points and plans for the second half was all that was needed to get Wallsend in the mood to go out on the search for the winning bonus point.
As Wallsend attacked down the hill with the sun behind them no one could have expected what was about to happen.
Cockburn played a unbelievable half and ran in a further five tries himself, all from quick breaks through gaps which weren’t even there. All kicks being convert meant the game was more or less over.
But, Cockburn maybe would not have got his six tries if it was not for the efforts of the Wallsend forwards throughout the game with fine displays of scrummaging, rucking and mauling which may have been their display of the season so far.
Wallsend hope this form can be carried forward to their next game v Winlaton and gain yet another win to climb the table.