Victory earns North Shields promotion to division two

AFTER progressing to the quarter-finals of the Junior Vase Cup last weekend, North Shields RFC secured promotion to Durham / Northumbwerland division two on Saturday with a home win over Seaham

Shields got off to a slow start with ill discipline allowing Seaham to kick deep into the home side’s half.

And the visitors soon registered the first points of the day with a penalty when North Shields were caught going in offside at the breakdown.

The home side responded by mounting a period of sustained pressure in the Seaham half which resulted in Gavin Irving touching down for his first try, Daniel Pearson converting.

But Seaham responded with another penalty before Irving scored his second try.

Ben Dalton and Bob Johnstone also scored tries to make the half-time score 22-6.

Shields began the second half in similar fashion, Dean Harrison scoring the first of three tries.

Dalton added another to his tally, pouncing on a loose ball from the back of a scrum and charging his way over.

Carl Cramman also made it onto the scoresheet before the full-time whistle.

Notable contributions came from the returning Andrew Burrows and man of the match Ricky Handa playing at openside.

Special thanks went to Iain Pearson, who stepped in for the opposition for the second time this season in the front row, meaning Seaham did not have to forfeit the game and Shields claimed another bonus point.

This win secured promotion and will see Shields once again compete in the same league as local rivals Whitley Bay Rockcliff next season.

However, club president Mick Newcombe remained calm after the game, saying: “I am pleased with the development of our youthful side this season, we have made significant progress in the cup and with the club just two wins away from reaching Twickenham there is still plenty to play for.

“In the league we hope to maintain our unbeaten home record and finish as leaders.”