Heysham Atoms 38-42 Wigan Spring View

Heysham Atoms' Andrew Collins. Picture: Tony North
Heysham Atoms' Andrew Collins. Picture: Tony North
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Heysham Atoms’ stay at the top of the league was short lived after losing in Wigan to the fifth placed Spring View.

Another high scoring encounter took the pattern of the previous three games as the free scoring Atoms were able to post plenty of points when in range but their defensive deficiences were highlighted far too often.

The Atoms started in positive fashion and built up a 12-0 lead through tries from impressive youngster Jack Edmondson, getting on the end of a four man passing play and rounding off the move with a solid hand off on the Wigan full back.

Then Matty Humpage spotted the smallest of gaps, ducking under the challengers and getting over the line close to the posts. Billy Livingstone made it 12-0 with his second successful kick. An offload close to the line gave Spring View their first points and then a glaring missed tackle directly from a scrum created the space for the Wigan winger to go in at the corner.

Josh O’Donnell ran strongly and was held up over the line after Jamie Cottle had chiped and chased superbly on a free play.

On 33 minutes the Wigan side went in front after attacking a weak blind side Atoms defence.

Jack Edmondson repaid the faith put in him when he scored his second try on the stroke of half time, benefitting again from a neat handling move across the three quarter line.

The attacking intent of both sides was refreshing to see but the Atoms were guilty of showing little patience and trying to score on every set.

When they did attack with purpose there looked only one side in it and man of the match Andrew Collins got his first of the day within five minutes of the restart.

As with last week’s second half it was de ja vous as the you score, we score ‘ mentality continued.

Spring View posted two tries to recapture the lead at 26-24 as the hour mark approached.

The Atoms were hampered with a raft of injuries but Collins settled the nerves momentarilly, scoring his second try with an interception showing some nifty footwork in the process.

Atoms winger Matty Short increased their lead chasing through on a Livingstone grubber kick into the corner.

Two more Wigan tries confirmed that the Atoms defensive line was very brittle as the see-saw encounter continued.

With eight minutes remaining the Atoms nudged ahead as full back Jamie Cottle got on the end of another handling move that was created by the two Atoms pivots.

As time was running out the Spring View hooker found his centre running a good line down the blind side, taking his side to a 42-38 victory.