Thornhill Torjans 52pts vs 22pts Heysham Atoms
A very youthful Atoms team crossed the border into enemy territory to take on National Conference side Thornhill Trojans from Dewsbury in the National Cup round 2. The Trojans could boast an unbeaten pre season including the notable scalp of Thatto Heath from St Helens and with a friendly against Keighley Cougars next Saturday it showed the quality of the Atoms opposition.
The Atoms had only played the Trojans once before in this competition way back in 2000 when the Dewsbury outfit beat the Atoms 28 . 6 on the Trimpell ground.
After a very promising opening 40 mins the Atoms were finally overrun by their more experienced opponents with the start of the second period proving especially damaging to the Atoms fortunes.
Captain Liam Hall set the standard for his team to follow as he capitalised on an error from the kick off as he smashed his way over the line from short distance. Forwards Crookall, Short and Walker all started brightly allowing Ollie Murray the room to make a rampaging run down the left centre channel. Winger Matty Short went close following a deep kick and Matty Humpage was held up over the line. Michael Forrest was also denied close to the line and these missed opportunities would come back to haunt the Atoms.
Thornhill became more dominant as the half wore on and two tries were scored to give the Yorkshire side a 12 . 6 half time lead.
The start of the second half saw the Atoms defence disintegrate under some real pressure from Thornhill and the gap that was opened up was never to be bridged by the Atoms.
Jamie Cottle scored from a mark Walker pass and Livingstone added the goal for the second time. Matthew Humpage reached through 3 defender to just reach the try line. This score was sandwiched between two more Thornhill tries before Michael Forrest set off on a 100 meter dash down the left touch line only to be brought back for a foot in touch.
The Atoms last try was the pick of the bunch as they attacked from deep firstly through centre Dan Ginocchio. Some skillful inter-passing between Walker and Cottle got Humpage away in the middle of the park. He made a well timed pass to Jack Edmondson playing on the right wing who out sprinted the cover to score an outstanding try.
Thornhill crossed the fifty point mark with a disappointing Atoms error on the last play of the game.
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match 1 Billy Livingstone 2 Matthew Humpage 3 Matthew Short
Atoms: Jack Lawton, Matty Short, Jack Edmondson, Ollie Murray, Michael Forrest, Billy Livingstone, Jamie Cottle, Liam Hall, Matty Humpage, Jason Short, Curtis Lacey, Al Crookall, Mark Walker RES Chris Strachan, Chris Helme, Dan Rodriguez, Dan Ginocchio
The eagerly awaited Premier League fixtures were released this weekend with the Atoms looking forward to some mouth watering clashes at the highest ever league that they have played in. The Atoms lock horns with some old adversaries with Hindley, Rylands and Shevington providing tough opposition as they did in the mid to late 90's when all four continually fought for promotion from the lower leagues. Since then the Atoms rise to the top has been somewhat slower than the other 3 but now they have reached the premier league and will be doing everything to become a competitive side in this competition.
Atoms Coach Andy Helme wants to build on the momentum gained in promotion last year and keep promoting the talented under 18's from last year at every opportunity. He says survival will be the first goal and an increase in concentration and accuracy will be vital.
A good start is imperative and Haresfinch, Bold Miners and Ryelands will be the opposition in the opening month of March.
The pre season programme continues a pace and a trip to Wigan St Cuthberts on the 21st February will no doubt prove to be excellent preparation for what lies ahead in this historic season