North West Mens Premier League
The Atoms have made an excellent return from their opening 6 premier league games winning 50% of them. A target for the season was always going to be their first away victory which would hopefully come sooner rather than later. This victory came in Warrington on Saturday with a good, seventeen man performance.
The Atoms suffered from a shaky start but once they got their act together and started playing to the pace they wanted there was going to be only one winner and 2 vital competition points into the bargain.
Rylands were on the score board within the first couple of minutes of the game as The Atoms struggled to contain a large Ryelands pack against them. Two more tries in the opening quarter gave Ryelands a 14 nil advantage and The Atoms scratching their heads behind the posts as to how best to get back in the game.
Changes in personnel on the 25 minute mark gave The Atoms a lift and the strong running prop Curtis Lacey smashed his way over the line to get The Atoms first score. The switch in momentum had now swung firmly in The Atoms way and hooker Daniel Helme forced his way over from acting half back for his second try of the season. The Atoms now had a strong foot hold in the game and confidently went in at the break only 4 points behind at 16-12.
The Atoms good form continued after the break with scrum half Billy Livingstone grabbing himself 2 tries in quick succession as The Atoms took control of proceedings. As the game approached the final 20 minutes centre Matty Short scored a spectacular full length try taking The Atoms to the 30 points mark with a Livingstone conversion.
Jack Edmondson's inclusion into the second half had tightened up the Heysham sides defence on the edges and Mark Walker kept ploughing his side forward with some telling drives.
Michael Forrest capped another busy performance scoring a fine long range try which was full of pace and determination to get to the line.
Ryelands finished off the scoring with a try close to the end of the game but this did not detract from an outstanding Atoms first victory on the road this season.
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match
1 Jack Lawton 2 Daniel Helme 3 Michael Forrest