Atoms’ promotion confirmed with latest walkover win

Heysham Atoms' Al Crookall. Picture: Tony North
Heysham Atoms' Al Crookall. Picture: Tony North

Heysham Atoms’ club secretary admits some of the gloss has been taken off their historic promotion.

The Trimpell-based club have finished second in the North West Men’s League Division One to secure a place in the Premier Division next season.

But their ascension was confirmed with a sixth walkover win in 11 home games this season as Wigan Spring View became the latest side unable to field a team on Saturday.

Secretary Dave Crow said: “It has taken the shine off it a bit, the lads just want to play.

“We’ve not had that big final game where it’s been sealed, it’s been handed to us.

“I’m confident we’d have beaten those six team if they’d travelled to us but it’s not the same.

“But 28 years ago we started in Division Nine of the North West Counties League and it’s take us all this time to get where we are now.

“To get to the Premier League is absolutely brilliant for what started out as a little bit of a power station team.”

Looking ahead to next season, Crow is hoping for less cancellations in the top tier.

Crow, one of the club’s founder members, said: “The feeling amongst the lads is that once we get into the Premier Division teams should start turning up.

“I’ve had offers to play in the league up in Cumbria.

“Some of the teams up there said they’d love to trip to us but the travelling would be an issue.

“There’s a league meeting on September 29 so hopefully some things will get sorted.”

Their season isn’t over just yet as the Atoms’ now have the end of season play-offs to contend with.

Wigan Spring View or Hindpool Tigers are set to visit the Trimpell this Saturday, September 27, with the prize of a Division One final spot at the home of Super League club Widnes Vikings seven days later.

There is nothing on the line with the Atoms’ Premier Division spot assured for next season but a game at the Select Security Stadium would be the perfect end to a successful campaign.

The day will host finals for all five divisions.