Heysham Atoms 68-0 Hindpool (Barrow)

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HEYSHAM Atoms produced their best all round performance of the season against their closest geographical neighbours Hindpool.

Billy Livingstone took all the accolades for a truly ruthless display in the number nine jersey.

He amassed 32 points from four tries and eight conversions which also took him past the 1,000 points mark on his truly memorable 150th game for the Atoms.

The pack, with the Hall brothers well to the fore, looked to have the early advantage and their superior weight and go forward set up the opening try which was scored by live wire hooker Livingstone who scooted away from dummy half.

Good defensive work by Marrin and Helme brought a turn over and Livingstone broke them wide open with a break down the middle of the ruck.

Loose forward Mark Walker appeared on his shoulder to take the scoring pass and a 12-0 lead for an outstanding beginning to the match.

Steven Jackson, operating on the wing, made a strong clearing run before the ball flew out to Stuart Lacey who got his first of the afternoon.

Dorrington and Dixon were constantly in the thick of the action and were heavily involved in a 90 metre set of six, setting up Livingstone for his second try.

Bryan Cambidge got on to the score sheet in familiar circumstances going over from close range.

Stand-off Stuart Lacey made his try tally two with a side-stepping run to the line, making it 34-0 at the break.

Livingstone soon got his hat-trick try in the second half on the back of a 10-yard break to the line.

Jake Harrison momentarily lost the ball backwards before recovering possession and sprinting 30 yards over the line. captain Craig Dixon made a great return from the kick-off and this good work was continued by Ben Dorrington, who broke three tackles before offloading to Mark Walker for his second try.

Dave McVernon and Jason Short maintained the intensity from the bench giving Hindpool no respite from the onslaught. Helme made a break and followed up with a quick play allowing Livingstone to score his fourth try of the match.

The final flourish came from Neil Walker who found brother Mark on an inside run, who in turn put Dorrington through a hole and over the try line.

He soon bagged his brace after taking a flat pass from Livingstone and the final try was executed to perfection with smart hands down the line for winger Short to finish off in the corner.

Portrait pools man of the match: 1 Billy Livingstone, 2 Craig Dixon, 3 Ben Dorrington.

Heysham Atoms: Harrison, Short, Marrin, Crookall, Jackson, Lacey, Walker, Hall, Livingstone, Dixon, Helme, Hall, Walker. Res: McVernon, Short, Dorrington, Cambidge.

Rochdale Cobras A 54

Heysham Atoms A 12

AFTER the excellent victory against Blackpool Stanley things got a whole lot harder with a tough assignment away in Rochdale.

Atoms A failed to get to grips with the Cobras’ scrum half, who dictated most of the early play.

The shell-shocked Atoms boys were 30-0 down at the break and staring at a hefty loss but they rallied and produced a spirited 40 minutes.

Young props Stevenson and Sharples ran and tackled aggressively and the side being held strongly together by full-back and captain Gavin Winder.

The Atoms’ first score came from a kick close to the line from hooker Rees Williams that was pounced on by loose forward Andy Downey.

The second came from a drive close to the line from scrum half Andy Helme, both tries were converted by Williams.

David Bland and Rees Williams came up with two pieces of excellent defensive work and young second rower Dan Rodriguez ran his blood to water in a nonstop display.

Smallest man on the field James Whitaker pulled down the largest man on the field with a brave tackle, getting some big wraps from his team-mates as the Atoms competed right up until the last whistle.

Heysham Atoms A: Winder, Devonish, Bland, Hainsworth, Whitaker, Gregory, Helme, Stevenson, Williams, Sharples, Rodriguez, Tomlinson, Downey.

Portrait Pools man of the match: 1 Downey, 2 Rodriguez, 3 Gregory.