Heysham Atoms had a difficult job of pulling a side together to take on Bold from St Helens, bringing Kai Davis and Matty Humpage from the under 16’s team, while Shane Weed and assistant coach Andy Helme also had to put their boots on.
What transpired was an unbelievable effort from The Atoms who nearly snatched a dramatic late win but for a Bold try with 60 seconds remaining.
With four minutes left on the clock The Atoms had taken a narrow one point lead through a Stuart Lacey drop goal but had their hearts broken in the dying minutes.
The Atoms problems were compounded in the early stages of the game, conceeding a try and losing full back Andrew Saddler with a dislocated shoulder and winger Gavin Winder with badly broken fingers.
The joint-captains of Liam Hall and Stuart Lacey lead their team superbly all afternoon, with Lacey kicking The Atoms into excellent field position and Hall barging his way over the line for the opening Atoms score.
Callum Hall had to fill in at full back and he was a menace to Bold all afternoon.
Time and again he would come up with a strong tackle or a pressure relieving drive out of defence.
The Atoms conceeded three penalties on the trot and they could not hold out on their own line as Bold scored their second try to make it 12 points to six.
Liam Hall forced an error with a massive hit and Olly Austin came up with a couple of good carries.
Bold had the final word in the half scoring wide out on the right giving the St Helens side a 16-6 half time lead.
The second half was all about a miraculous Atoms fight back lead by Callum Hall’s excellent solo effort taking him over the line close to the posts.
A penalty given away right infront of The Atoms post gave Bold a six point lead with a sucessful kick as the game entered the tense final quarter.
Some brave running from Matty Humpage took The Atoms away from their own line and Mathew Short got The Atoms rolling forward again. Dan Helme forced a goal line drop out with a neat dribble kick into the try zone.
The control of the forward drives took play within five yards of Bolds’ line and Shane Weed finished off the move, forcing his way over with plenty of Bold defenders in attendance. Lacey goaled to bring the scores level at 18 all.
With four minutes remaining Stuart Lacey slotted over a field goal one pointer but The Atoms were unable to hold out for a famous victory as two players went for the same ball with the ball bouncing favourably for the Bold winger who shot into the left hand corner.