Wigan St Judes 6-60 Heysham Atoms

Liam Hall makes a break for the Heysham Atoms.
Liam Hall makes a break for the Heysham Atoms.

After last week’s disappointing home defeat to Bold Miners the Atoms were looking for a reaction and got all that and more as they dismantled Wigan St Judes on Saturday.

Heysham ran in 12 tries with an explosive start allowing the Atoms to take control right from the off.

The pivots for the game were Billy Livingstone and Dan Helme and their passing combination brought the first of score of the afternoon, Livingstone running at second receiver through a couple of dummies before slicing through Judes’ defensive line.

In-form loose forward Al Crookall then smashed his way over from short range after a penalty for a high shot on young hooker Matty Humpage.

Humpage was heavily involved in the Atoms’ third try jumping away from the markers and setting up great field position for Liam Hall to score a trademark try close to the ruck.

At 16-0 up with only 13 minutes gone the Judes side had hardly touched the ball apart from the restarts in a blistering Atoms opening.

Chris Thomas was unlucky not to get away down the left wing, not quite taking a pass from Liam Hall, which gave Judes some possession at the right end of the field for the first time.

The Atoms’ defensive organisation was tested with a couple of shift plays and only some excellent rushed defence from Andrew Collins prevented a score.

Two penalties, both on the fifth tackle, invited more pressure on the Atoms line and Judes finally found a way over close to the posts despite some heroic defence from Thomas and Helme.

Collins in the centre position was finding his running legs however and soon hit back for Heysham.

Straight from the kick off human bowling ball Jason Short scattered the opposition allowing Thomas to break from half way and score an excellent breakaway try.

Callum Hall’s first game of the season lifted the work rate of the team and a last ditch tackle prevented a try and stamped his authority on the game.

The try of the half was saved till just before the break when a sweeping, full-length move saw centres Simon Brookes and Collins make big inroads into the Judes defence.

Short took the ball to the line and found a great off-load to the hard working Jake Harrison who made the score 32-6 in the Atoms’ favour at the break.

The second period was a carbon copy of the first period with the Atoms in total control, scoring at regular intervals, and keeping the Judes scoreless in the final 40 minutes.

An outstanding first score of the second half saw Ferguson and Short put in the hard yards and young hooker Humpage found Crookall on an excellent line of running for his second of the contest.

Chris Strachan then got his first try in Atoms colours backing up well after a Ferguson break.

Livingstone added his second try, intercepting a pass and charging 60 metres to the try line before it was the Simon Brookes’ turn to get on the score sheet getting on the end of a Crookall off load.

Young winger Jack Lawton looked lively on the left wing and Mike Oldcorn, making his debut, had a fine start to his Atoms career in his two spells during the game.

Another debutant Jack Ferguson was virtually unplayable and he rounded off a wonderful spell scoring from 50 metres out, breaking the line and finishing by the right corner flag.

The last Atoms score had a air of inevitability about it as Liam Hall bagged his second, brushing away everyone in his way on a 10-yard charge to the line.

Heysham Atoms: Thomas, Davis, Brookes, Collins, Short, Livingstone, Helme, C Hall, Humpage, Short, L Hall, Harrison, Crookall. Replacements: Lawton, Oldcorn, Ferguson, Strachan.

Portrait Pools Man Of The Match: 1 Al Crookall, 2 Andrew Collins, 3 Jake Harrison