Heysham Atoms’ frustration at latest walkover win

Billy Livingstone on the attack for the Heysham Atoms at Wigan St Judes. Picture: Tony North

Billy Livingstone on the attack for the Heysham Atoms at Wigan St Judes. Picture: Tony North

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Heysham Atoms recorded their third walkover win of the season as the club’s frustration with the situation in the North West Men’s League Division One continues to grow.

The Trimpell side had been due to host Bamber Bridge in a local derby on Saturday but got a call on Friday from their Lancashire rivals saying they were unable to field a team.

In came just seven days after Thatto Heath Crusaders withdrew from a game with Saddleworth Rangers A also having pulled out earlier in the season.

The Atoms top the table with five games to go but are far from happy with the current predicament the league finds itself in.

Club secretary Dave Crow said: “It’s the highest level we’ve ever played at and in division one we should be playing week in, week out.

“It’s costing us revenue too. We make money on programmes, raffles and things like that.

“And having spent more than £200 on a coach to go to these teams for them not to make to the trip to us is frustrating.

“I’m going to make a proposition that at the next league meeting that a system of fines should be brought in.”

With the Atoms closing in on a historic promotion and possible league title, Crow admits the situation is a blot on what has been a fine season thus far.

He said: “It does take the shine off things a bit.

“I don’t want our lads to get down about things.

“If we carry on what we’re doing we’ll win the first division and that would be a fantastic achievement.

“We’ve got to stay focused. We can’t be worrying about teams not turning up.”

The Atoms are due to travel to St Helens Wild Boars this Saturday, August 16.