Heysham Atoms 40-12 Halton Farnworth (Widnes)

HEYSHAM Atoms made it three league victories on the trot as they emphatically dispatched league leaders Halton Farnworth with an impressive display at the Trimpell ground.

The early pressure was heaped on to the Atoms’ line and it was evident that Farnworth would spread the play at every opportunity.

Winger Steven Jackson intercepted close to his try line and made a 60 yard break to clear his line. The pressure was maintained and Liam Hall crashed over close to the line.

The Atoms pounded the Farnworth line and it wasn’t long before Liam Hall doubled his try tally making it 10 for the season in only eight games played.

Captain Craig Dixon was next on the score sheet, breaking through and outpacing the cover on a 30 yard charge for the line. For the third time Billy Livingstone smashed over the extras.

Farnworth persisted in their fast, wide play and it paid off for them on the 25 minute mark, creating an overlap with a “run round” and a pass over the top, catching the Heysham defenders off guard.

Jake Harrison scored the try of the game, picking up the loose ball close to his own try line. Great footwork and balance took him past the rushing defenders then it was a straight foot race to the line.

Stuart Lacey’s kicking game has been a revelation this season and he picked up one of his well placed punts to score the Atoms’ next try.

Farnworth’s disarray was more down to the Atoms’ total dominance and Jake Harrison got his second try, which was a carbon copy of the first, only from 70 metres this time. A Livingstone penalty on the bell of half-time took the Atoms to a stunning 36-6 points up at the break.

In the second half the Atoms picked up where they had left off with Harrison making another half filled break, unfortunately the pass option went astray and the chance was missed.

The fluency and dominance had now gone out of the Atoms’ play with Farnworth benefiting most from this fragmented play.

Daniel Ginocchio brought off a try saver in the Atoms’ right hand corner before the line was breached with a long pass back.

The Atoms’ composure came into question as the needless penalties and knock-ons, especially at the play the ball, played into Farnworth’s hands.

The Atoms were reduced to 12 for 10 minutes from a Callum Hall high tackle and were lucky not to be reduced further as Chris Helme reacted to some provocation.

Captain Dixon came back into the game to calm proceedings down taking the ball straight and hard into Farnworth’s line.

Mike Marrin picked up the Atoms’ only score of the half hacking through and dropping on a loose ball wide out to the right.

Portrait Pools’ Man of the Match: 1 Craig Dixon, 2 Jake Harrison, 3 Liam Hall.

Heysham Atoms: J Harrison, S Jackson, A Crookall, T Crookall, B Livingstone, N Walker, S Lacey, L Hall, M Marrin, D McVernon, D Ginocchio, M Walker, C Dixon (capt). Res: C Helme, M Pike, D Helme, C Hall.