Chorley Panthers 26-29 Heysham Atoms

Stuart Lacey was the man of the match for the Heysham Atoms at Chorley Panthers.
Stuart Lacey was the man of the match for the Heysham Atoms at Chorley Panthers.

The Heysham Atoms’ superior class eventually told as they came through a tough test to see off the Chorley Panthers on Saturday.

As in their previous encounter it was their opposition who came out of traps the quicker but a stirring second-half comeback, including five tries, secured the victory.

The opening 20 minutes belonged to a fired-up home side as they took an early 12-0 lead through two well-taken tries.

It was up to Dan Ginocchio to lift the Heysham side with a spectacular dive into the corner for the Atoms’ only points of the first half.

Chorley then found a third try from a cross-field kick to lead 18-4 at the break.

It still took time for the Atoms to awake from their slumber as they conceded four early penalties in the second half but again the outstanding Ginocchio inspired his team, this time with a 60-yard lung-busting run out of defence.

When the hosts finally got to grips with him Chorley conceded a professional foul for holding down in the tackle which saw them lose a player for the next 10 minutes.

This proved to be a turning point in the game as the Atoms made the extra man count.

Impressive centre Jamie Cottle got on the end of a Stuart Lacey pass before stepping inside the cover to score.

Lacey was the provider again for the next score, firing out a cut out pass for winger Matty Humpage to fly over in the right-hand corner.

Pivots Lacey and Dan Helme were controlling the pace of the game now, the former forcing a goal-line drop out with an excellent kick and chase.

The pressure told as loose forward Mark Walker showed great footwork to score close to the posts and bring the scores level at 18-18.

Chorley got their noses in front again however with a penalty as they returned to 13 players.

With 20 minutes left the dangerous running of Al Crookall got the Atoms back in front with a try wide out on the left.

Although Chorley were visibly tiring they summoned up enough energy to get over the Atoms line one more time after some sloppy defending.

But it was the Atoms who got the decisive try, fittingly scored by their captain Liam Hall, with seven minutes left on the clock.

He smashed his way through a number of tackles on an unstoppable charge for the line with Billy Livingstone converting.

Man of the match Lacey coolly knocked over a one-point field goal to complete the scoring.

The Atoms finish their season with a trip to Wigan Spring View on October 19.