Heysham Atoms 46pts vs 16pts Haydock
North West Mens Premier Division
The Atoms incredible home form at the Trimpell ground continued with another high scoring victory against a very good attacking St Helens team that had beaten League Leaders Clock Face Miners only a few weeks ago. The Atoms offensive form has seen them score 200 points in the last 4 games alone but they weren't at their cohesive best until the second half as Haydock proved a tough nut to crack.
The opening exchanges were littered with unforced errors and it was Haydock who set their stall out early creating 3 scoring opportunities but unfortunately for them they bombed all three. Against the run of play the Atoms got to the right end of the field for the first time and on their last play they opted to run rather than kick and Captain Hall settled the nerves as he crashed over giving the Atoms a 4 nil lead.
The frantic opening continued and Haydock showed their intent playing with width at every opportunity by-passing any engagement with the Atoms dominant pack. Jake Harrison has been in a number of positions this year and a run from centre on a tap 20m re-start saw him break the line and have enough pace to finish under the posts at the other end. Livingstone converted.
Even at 10 nil the Atoms couldn't say they had control of the game yet and Haydock's expansive play was giving the Atoms defenders something different to deal with. Haydock kept their shape well using the full width to attack with and they were able to create the overlap and get on the scoreboard at 10-4.
In form second rower Callum Hall's enthusiasm usually put him in the right place at the right time and this was the case as good line speed pressurised the Haydock runners. The ball was fumbled and the ever alert Hall picked up the loose ball and he too ended under the sticks for a 16 – 4 lead.
The distribution skills of Haydock's Loose Forward brought them their second try with a miss pass and some shoddy Atoms defending close to the line.
Half Time 16 – 8 To Heysham Atoms.
The Atoms re-fined their tactics at the break and it was right down the middle of the park as a per sieved area of weakness that they wanted to attack. They followed the instructions to the letter in a blistering opening to the second period. The immediate impact was made by Jason Short who made a huge tackle bust taking him to within 5 meters of the Haydock line. A short pass to Callum Hall was all that was needed to extend the Atoms lead. The Kick off was collected by the Atoms most dangerous runner in the form of Michael Forrest. His footwork at the line is quite incredible and he found the gap and made it two Atoms tries in as many minutes.
At 28 – 8 there was a bit of breathing space but still Haydock had to be watched very carefully as the outside backs were being asked a lot of defensive questions. Youngsters Dan Helme and Curtis Lacey were strong in the tackle as Haydock kept attacking the edges.
A period of sustained pressure from the Warriors brought them 2 scores one from a kick and one from stretching the Atoms defenders one way and then the other. At 28 . 16 and the St Helens side fully on the attack Man Of the Match Mark Walker came up with a piece of defensive brilliance holding an attacker up over the atoms try line preventing him from grounding the ball.
This piece of impressive play switched the momentum back to the Atoms and from here on they forged ahead and took the game away from the St Helens team.
The direct route was again the point of attack and Dan Ginnochio rounded off a very muscular drive with his first try of the season.
A well executed planned move from an attacking scrum brought winger Matty Short a try then Stuart Lacey rounded off the scoring stepping inside the cover for a try that he converted himself.
A buoyant Atoms can now look forward to a tough trip to Wigan next Saturday to take on Hindley with the likelihood of 2/3 players returning there could be some selection headaches as everyone is bang in form.
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match 1 Callum Hall 2 Michael Forrest 3 Jake Harrison
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