Heysham Atoms 22-38 Bold Miners

Al Crookall drives forward for the Heysham Atoms against Bold Miners. Picture: Rob Shaw
Al Crookall drives forward for the Heysham Atoms against Bold Miners. Picture: Rob Shaw

Heysham Atoms tasted defeat at home for the first time in more than two years on Saturday.

Bold Miners became the first visiting team to leave the Trimpell victorious since Wigan Spring View in January 2012.

Liam Hall makes a break for the Heysham Atoms against Bold Miner.

Liam Hall makes a break for the Heysham Atoms against Bold Miner.

The hosts were let down by a below-par display with the defensive side of their game a particular weakness.

The cracks were there right from the off and some soft tackling took the visitors into a 6-0 lead but it wasn’t long before the Atoms were level.

Jake Harrison ran strongly out of defence and Liam Hall scored close to the ruck with Billy Livingstone adding the extra two points.

Mathew Short put the Atoms into the lead cutting inside defenders from a flipped pass from Brookes on the 15 minute mark.

It was then the Miners’ turn to bring the scores level as keeping their width, a cut out pass created space for their second try.

The scores weren’t level for long as the St Helens side upped the pace and took control of the game with two tries again from poor defence.

The half was brought to a close as young hooker Matty Humpage was held up over the line for Heysham.

A disastrous start to the second half didn’t do anything for the fragile confidence of the Heysham side.

The kick-off was allowed to bounce out then some shocking defence saw the visitors’ livewire loose forward shoot over unopposed.

Al Crookall’s strong running was then rewarded with a try close to the posts as the Atoms tried to stay in touch with their opponents.

Hall however had 10 minutes in the sin bin which further hampered an over-worked Atoms defensive line.

On his return he was involved in the Atoms’ next score as Andrew Collins finished off a wide, sweeping move to the left.

Mark Walker, Dan Helme and Jason Short tried as they might to inspire their side but it was Bold who finished the stronger.

Two tries were scored in the final 10 minutes to further compound a miserable afternoon for the Atoms.

There were mixed fortunes for Heysham Atoms’ youth teams at the weekend.

The under 18s didn’t recover from a poor start and lost 31-10 at unbeaten league leaders West Bank Bears on Sunday.

Matty Humpage scored a fine individual try before Kai Davis’ try out wide made things interesting in the closing stages.

Three tries in the final 10 minutes from the Widnes side gave the scoreline a lopsided look however.

The Atoms’ under 13s won their first ever game 46-18 over Thatto Heath.

Tony Statter was first on the scoreboard within a minute and from there the Atoms never looked back.

Strong running from Kieran Sutcliffe, Adam Woodend and Henry Higginson caused the St Helens side problems throughout the game. From being 24-6 up at the break they went on to extend their lead further and never looked troubled.