North West Mens Rugby League
The form of the Heysham Atoms at their own ground of The Trimpell has been in stark contrast to their indifferent away form and they came up with their 4th home victory on the trot. This emphatic victory was fully a 17 man win with everyone contributing in both disciplines of the game.
Jack Edmondson was the star individual on show scoring 4 tries with his strength and pace making him a real handful taking his total to 16 tries for the season so far. His man of the match performance was closely followed by full back Jamie Cottle who too scored a fine hat-trick and second row Andrew Collins was an offensive threat all afternoon.
Although Folly Lane find themselves at the wrong end of the table they still posses one of the better defensive records taking most of the sides very close, which makes the Atoms result even more remarkable.
Folly hit the ground running capitalising on a couple of Atoms errors and forcing them back into their own quarter. Here they stayed for the opening 12 mins testing the Atoms defence to the full. The Atoms defended their line with some real intent and there hard work in this department paid off as they kept the score to zero.
The 12th minute was a pivotal moment as the Atoms finally had some possession in the Folly half of the field. From a scrum Edmondson had chance to run at his man one on one for the first time in the game. He got on his outside shoulder and brushed away the tackle and powered away to score the first of the contest
The next attack from the Atoms saw Jamie Cottle make a clean break right down the middle of the park. He scored after rounding the cover showing he has good pace as well.
This devastating period of 5 mins was completed when Liam Hall ripped the ball into the heart of the Folly defenders. He attracted so many defenders that acting half back Jamie Cottle picked up to see holes all over the defensive line. Again his pace took him through the gap for an 18 nil lead.
The Atoms were reduced to 12 for the 3rd week on the trot as the Atoms winger was harshly yellow carded for a technical offence. Once the Atoms had re-organised they picked up where they left off and Al Crookall was held up over the line and then Dan Helme went agonisingly close after a jinking run. The pressure was maintained and an excellent penalty wide passing move, promped by the halves Lacey and Helme, got Edmondson away into the left corner for his second and the Atoms 4th.
The last action of the half was a coaches dream as a set play from the kick off was executed to perfection. The ball was transferred accuratly to the left wing where more pace and skill got Michael Forrest over the line close to the corner flag.
Half Time 28 nil to the Atoms
The second half started in similar fashion to the first with all the pressure coming from the Swinton side as the sluggish Atoms had to camp on their own line. The difference this time was that Folly turned their advantage into points. The Atoms were undone with 2 kicks early in the tackle count that resulted in 2 tries for Folly Lane.
At 28.12 the Atoms had to find some energy and a bit more composure with ball in hand. This they did on the back of a strong running Callum Hall break. Jake Harrison hacked on and Jamie Cottle picked up to claim his hat-trick.
This was the killer blow and the Atoms attack now pushed on to bigger and better things. Andrew Collins was rewarded for his considerable efforts with ball in hand scoring a half the field break away try ending under the posts. Jack Edmondson completed his hat-trick with a long range try and Al Crookall scored from an excellent Collins offload. Another big break from the energised Atoms backs took play down the favoured left edge. The ball was moved back to the middle where Stand Off Stuart Lacey cut inside the defenders to score.
The last try fittingly went to centre Jack Edmondson who added his 4th after picking up a kick close to his own line, making the tackle break, and sprinting away from the cover to take the Atoms over 60 pts for the first time this season. Billy Livingstone capped a fine display kicking his 10th conversion from 11 attempts in an outstanding victory.
The one negative for the afternoon was the loss of influential loose forward Mark Walker with a fractured forearm placing him on the long term injury list along with young hooker Matty Humpage.
Portrait Pools Man of the Match 1 Jack Edmondson 2 Jamie Cottle 3 Andrew Collins
Next Saturday League Game Vs Ashton Bears Away
1 jamie cottle
2 michael forrest
3 jack edmondson
4 jake harrison
5 matty short
6 stuart lacey
7 dan helme
8 liam hall
9 billy livingstone
10 jason short
11 andrew collins
12 al crookall
13 mark walker
14 dan ginocchio
15 dan rodriguez
16 callum hall
17 jack ferguson