Impressive Away Victory
North West Counties Division 3
Heysham Atoms 36 points
Langworthy Reds 8 points
The Heysham Atoms made it 4 wins out of 5 with an impressive away victory in Salford at Langworthy Reds. Langworthy have run all the top sides close this season so The Atoms knew they had to prepare well for this tricky fixture. The Atoms had to dig into all their resources making 7 changes from the previous weeks victory against Waterhead.
The first half was very close with little to choose between the sides but The Atoms totally dominated the second period of the game showing their best form of the season so far. Foundations for victory were laid in the forwards as a unit but the front row of Liam Hall, Mike Marrin and Rob Shaw in particular. Billy Livingstone's consistancy in the points scoring department has seen him break through the 100 point barrier already in the 8 games played, scoring trys and goals a plenty.
Liam Hall set the early tone rocking the Langworthy runners back on their heals with some big defensive hits for his team. The Atoms completed their sets well and kicked to the corners which was right to the coach's instructions. From one such kick The Atoms chase was excellent and Jake Harrison and Anthony Livingstone were unfortunate not to get the touchdown as the ball just beat them over the dead ball line.
The Atoms knew this was going to be a tight game and Billy Livingstone knocked over the first of his 4 penalties giving The Atoms an early lead. Langworthy hit back with a try wide out on the left capitalising on a series of Atoms errors. An Atoms penalty made it 4 all before Billy Livingstone picked up a loose pass finding the smallest of gaps to squeeze through giving his side an 8-4 lead at the break.
Langworthy Reds were first on the score sheet in the second period bringing the scores level at 8 all once again. From this point on The Atoms totally dominated proceedings as The Reds became increasingly frustrated being their own worst enemies as a disciplined Heysham side took full advantage in posession and field position.
Jake Harrison's confidence grows week by week and he scored the try of the game on the 50 min mark. He set off on a mazy run deep in his own half finally rounding the last defender and sprinting into the right hand corner. Al Crookall showed he had a clean pair of heals as well intercepting a loose pass and racing 60 meters to score in the same corner. the Atoms began to turn the screw and hooker Mike Marrin made sure Langworthy made little progress in the middle of the park bringing off some telling tackles. Hard working Rob Shaw continued to make big yards into Langworthy's defence which created space out on the edges. Liam Hall bashed his way over the line for his 8th try of the season which was no more than his efforts deserved. A piece of individual brilliance from Billy Livingstone brought the next Heysham try for Mike Marrin as the ball was flicked out of the tackle from an impossible angle.
Livingstone's involvement was completed when he ripped the ball out in a one on one tackle scoring his second try of the game and taking his personal points tally to 20 points in an outstanding display. The game finished with some soccer like skills from returning second row Keith Hartlebury.
Next Saturday: Hindpool home - kick off 230pm.
Portrait Pools.com Men of the Match:
1. Jake Harrison
2. Andy Helme
3. Brian Cambidge
Heysham Atoms: B. Cambidge, J. Harrison, A. Crookall, A. Livingstone, G. Winder, B. Livingstone, A .Helme, L. Hall, M. Marrin, R. Shaw, C. Hall, S. Weed, C. Dixon, RES. SH. Weed, R. Weed, K. Hartlebury, N. Walker.
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