The Atoms first game of the season came in the form of a National Cup tie against Queensbury from the Pennine Premier Division. This was a tough draw for the Atoms as they have only been back to training for 1 week in preparation for their 4th summer league campaign and playing against last season’s beaten National Cup Semi Finalists of this Winter competition.
The Atoms had an outstanding start to the game scoring all their points in the opening 17 mins and were inspired by man of the match Jamie Cottle who was operating in the unfamiliar role of scrum half.
The Atoms had first use of the gale force wind that was blowing straight down the ground and within 4 mins Matty Short had cut inside at the right corner scoring on a last tackle play. Cottle then placed a dangerous kick into the dead ball area and impressive youngster Matty Humpage dived on the ball for the Atoms second. The third try was a piece of individual brilliance from Cottle as he jinked and weaved his way to the line finishing off with a one handed stretch placing the ball down. Billy Livingstone added his second kick to give the Atoms a16 nil lead.
Another of the impressive Atoms under 18's Michael Forrest entered the game to make his debut a little earlier than expected and he showed what a prospect he is with some speed to burn and a keen eye for his defensive duties. Excellent work by full back Jack Lawton under some increasing pressure and a try saver from Jack Edmondson and Callum Hall just about held the Atoms line in tact up until the half time break.
The second half wasnt one for the feint-hearted as the Atoms faced the elements and a fired up Queensbury side. The Atoms knew due to the conditions that they would have to spend long periods defending their line and it was about rolling their sleeves up and holding onto their lead.
Within the first 10 mins of the half the Yorkshire side were on the scoreboard with a try as a result of some strong forward carries. As the aggression and physicality increased this made the Atoms even more determined to defend their line as the energy stocks began to depleat.
Queensbury crossed a second time but was chalked off for an offside following a kick.
Young Forrest and Jake Harrison made valuable yards out of defence as they tried to break the siege on their line. The Atoms were having to do it the hard way and at one point had both pivots and their hooker getting treatment on the sidelines but were still able to hold on to uphold the Atoms great tradition in the National Cup.
The reward for this victory is a trip to Dewsbury to take on National Conference Division 3 side Thornhill Trojans on 24th Jan in round 2.
Atoms:1 jack lawton
2 shannon morgan
3 dan gio
4 andrew collins
5 matty short
6 billy livingstone
7 jamie cottle
8 liam hall
9 matty humpage
10 mark walker
11 jake harrison
12 jack edmondson
13 al crookall
14 michael forrest
15 jason short
16 curtis lacey
17 callum hall
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match 1 Jamie Cottle 2 Michael Forrest 3 Jack Edmondson