North West Mens Premier League
Heysham Atoms 48 pts Vs 24 pts Hindley
The Atoms impressive home form continued against Hindley from Wigan who this time last year were plying their trade in the National Conference Leagues. This stunning victory was forged from a near faultless display in the first 40 mins racking up 30 points in as many minutes as they totally dominated the first part of the action.
The atoms talented left edge is inexperienced in terms of games played but in Jack Edmondson and Michael Forrest the Atoms have two real potent attacking weapons. Both have pace to burn but are strong in their defensive duties also which at times were tested on Saturday.
A great start from the Atoms saw Stand Off Stuart Lacey open the scoring with a try . He cut across the face of the Hindley defenders and backed himself scoring in the left hand corner. Liam Hall crashed over in typical fashion to make it 8 nil after a Helme kick to the corner and great chase forced the error giving the ball straight back to the Atoms.
Jack Edmondson saved a certain try tracking back to bravely secure a hack ahead close to his own line. Edmondson then turned to try scorer from try saver finishing off a skillful passing move that went through 5 pairs of hands before being finished off by the young center.
The Heysham side were loving the wide open spaces of the Trimpell pitch and it was only a matter of time before they breached the Hindley line again such was the confidence running through the team. A Lacey chip and chase was collected by the lively Jamie Cottle who fed hooker for the day Dan Helme. He jinked and side stepped his through a couple of defenders for his first try of the season.
Walker, Short and Cottle all ran strongly for the next try which was scored by second row Al Crookall who forced his way over to the right of the posts for another fine score. The final try of an outstanding first 30 mins came from a cut out pass from Livingstone who found Edmondson in a gap and he had the necessary gas to finish off the move for his second try of the contest.
A shell shocked Hindley finally got some sustained pressure on the Atoms line and they showed their undoubted attacking qualities scoring 2 tries in quick succession giving the half time score 30 points to 12 in the Atoms favour.
The high standards of the first half wasn't quite replicated in the second period with the Atoms being asked more questions in the defensive part of their game which was to be expected from a quality side.
The Atoms got the scoreboard moving again breaking out of defence with Ginocchio feeding his winger Jack Lawton with an excellent offload. The winger pinned his ears back and rounded his opposite number on a pacey 80 dash to the line.
Hindley made the mistake of sending the kick off straight into the arms of captain Liam Hall. He set off on a thunderous charge that left bodies scattered all over the turf as he made 30 painful yards. Winger Michael Forrest had looked dangerous all afternoon and he got through a gap with some lightening acceleration which took him all the way under the posts.
Hindley hit back with their 3rd try of the game as their 2 half backs linked up well for a score.
Winger Forrest got his second of the game picking up a loose pass and sprinting into the left hand corner.
The final try was scored by Hindley when a well placed kick found their winger who scored close to the corner flag.
J Cottle, J Lawton, D Ginocchio, J Edmondson, M Forrest, S Lacey, B Livingstone, L Hall, D Helme, J Short, Jake Harrison, A Crookall, M Walker RES C Lacey, Joe Harrison, D Rodriguez, A Collins
Next Saturday the Atoms travel to St Helens to take on the League leaders Clock Face Miners.
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1 M Forrest 2 Mark Walker 3 Al Crookall