AFTER last week’s unlucky defeat at Ulverston the Atoms faced another stern test travelling to St Helens to take on Haresfinch.
Haresfinch took the lead after some less than convincing defending and this was never relinquished in a high scoring, end-to-end game.
The Atoms responded almost immediately with a try for centre Al Crookall after a break from stand off Stuart Lacey and a good pass from Billy Livingstone.
Lacey’s kicking game was turning Haresfinch’s big pack around but far too often an error or a penalty let Haresfinch gain easy metres out of defence.
The Atoms just couldn’t get to grips with Haresfinch’s number 10 and it was he who increased the home side’s lead after 20 minutes.
The Atoms hit back however, the outstanding Daniel Ginocchio scoring a fine individual try out in the right centre position.
He made an outside break and broke through a couple of tackles on his determined way to the line. Billy Livingstone converted from wide out.
Full back Jake Harrison brought off two try saving tackles before the Atoms’ line was breached once more.
A wayward pass in the middle of the park took Haresfinch deep into the Atoms territory and with the Heysham side finally running out of defenders they conceded the next score.
A good passage of Atoms possession got them down to the right end of the field. Hooker Neil Walker found brother Mark with an inside pass and he in turn found prop forward Liam Hall, who brought his side back within two points of their opponents at 18-16.
With only seconds remaining of an entertaining half, Haresfinch scored a vital six points after the Atoms succumbed too easily with some weak tackling.
An Atoms attack down the right was thwarted but Dave McVernon spotted a gap, hitting a great line off a short pass and striding over the try line.
Both sides were then reduced to 12 men creating more space and opening the game up further for these two attack minded sides.
A frantic last 10 minutes saw the Atoms throw everything into gaining something out of the game but it was Haresfinch who capitalised on an Atoms error to make it 34-22.
The Atoms finished off the scoring when Liam Hall powered his way over the line after stealing the ball. Livingstone, for the fourth time in the game, banged over the extras.
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match:
1. Daniel Ginocchio 2. Jake Harrison 3. Liam Hall