Future looks bright for Atoms after top-three finish

Liam Hall in action for the Heysham Atoms.
Liam Hall in action for the Heysham Atoms.
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Heysham Atoms’ assistant coach believes the future looks bright for the district’s rugby league side.

The Trimpell Club-based outfit secured a third-placed finish in the Domino’s Pizza North West Men’s League Division One having been promoted from the third tier for just their second season of summer rugby.

The Atoms at one point had their eyes firmly on promotion but coach Andrew Helme believes they can be proud of their efforts.

He said: “Obviously coming into division one we knew it was going to be really, really tough but we seem to have coped with it really well.

“We were in division three but things had to be moved around a little with some teams moving back to winter.

“They picked us out as a team with a lot of potential and I think they’ve been proved right with that.

“I think if we’d have gone up it might have been a season too soon and we could have come straight back down.

“But another season improving as we have done will be really good.”

The second year of the Domino’s Pizza league has also seen an improvement in the regularity of fixtures for the Heysham side.

Helme said: “It’s been a lot better up until the last three or four weeks where we’ve had a game here and a game there.

“The season has gone on a little long but I know it’s something the league are working on so that the season can be over by the end of September.”

The season has also been a good one beyond the club’s first team, with a promising partnership with Carnforth Rugby Union Club developing and the Atoms’ under 16 side enjoying plenty of success on the field.

Helme said: “The under 16s have had a really good season coming third in their league and we’ve linked up with Carnforth.

“They gave us a couple of their players and we’re going to be helping them out over the winter.”