Rockcliff have too much for Seaton Carew as they return to the top

Rockcliff returned to the top of Durham and Northumberland Division 2 with an emphatic first half display ensuring a bonus point away win at Seaton Carew.

Despite playing uphill the Red and Golds started well, keeping Seaton Carew pinned back in their own half.

The home side cleared their lines with a down field kick, but Rockcliff returned it with interest, attacking wide and putting the versatile Josh Donnelly in to score for 5-0.

Skipper Andrew Webster extended the score when he broke through the Seaton Carew defence to cross the whitewash, coolly adding the extras for 12-0.

Seaton Carew began to get back into the game and were forcing Rockcliff back into their own half, but breakaway tries from Steven Scott and Jordan Anderson, both converted by Webster, saw Rockcliff open up a 26-0 lead.

Scrum-half Lewis Partis was next to get on the score line, when he broke blind from a scrum, dummied the defender and crossed to score.

With the conversion from Webster successful, Rockcliff had achieved an unassailable 33-0 lead by half-time.

In the second half the home side battled to salvage something from the game, and notched three tries, a conversion and a penalty to claw back 20 points.

But Rockcliff had the final say when Partis sniped through for his second try of the game, again converted by Webster.

With Ryton’s game being postponed, Rockcliff resumed top spot in the division, leading Ryton by three points although their nearest challengers have two games in hand.

This weekend Rockcliff face fourth placed Sunderland at home, in a must win game as they have three games in hand and are still in with a shout for promotion.