Heysham Atoms 42-10 Chorley Panthers

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The Heysham Atoms eased into the quarter finals of the North West Counties Cup with a comfortable victory against Division One opposition Chorley Panthers.

The Atoms got their noses in front as early as the fifth minute as Mark Walker forced his way over the line from short range.

Stand Off Stuart Lacey took an excellent kick-off and got the ball rolling forward again straight from the re-start.

Walker skipped across the face of the defensive line before finding a half gap.

When stopped he played the ball on the front foot and hooker Billy Livingstone spun in and out of tackles to score his first of the night.

The third Atoms try was the pick of the bunch as the juganaught Atoms pack took complete control.

Scrum Half Dan Helme was put under pressure on the last tackle but took the line on, dropping his shoulder and getting a quality offload away just before the tackle was completed.

Jake Harrison supported, picked up the pass and chipped ahead in one movement. Andrew Collins chased hard and showed more determination to get to the bouncing ball and placed it over the try line for an outstanding score.

Straight from the kick off the Atoms were back on the offensive with Dan Ginocchio this time eating up the yards.

Play was taken to within five yards of the Chorley line and turned over on the last but it just gave Chorley no territory to work in.

Defensive enthusiasm put the runners under pressure forcing the error. The ever improving Josh O’Donnell benefited the most, twisting his way over the line.

Chorley then scored close to the posts on the bell of half time.

The second half started in similar fashion for the Atoms as Stuart Lacey and Jake Harrison found young winger Rees Williams with a couple of well timed passes. He still had plenty to do but finished in style close to the right corner flag.

Walker then broke the line and offloaded to Billy Livingstone who outpaced the cover to get his customary two tries for the game.

Pace was killing the opposition and Andrew Collins shot through a gap and never looked like being caught, on a 30 metre charge for the line, for his second of the game.

As in the first half the Panthers showed they could play a bit when given some decent field position and their left winger touched down in the corner.

However, after some Atoms pressure, pop Joe Harrison smashed his way through a couple of tackles and Jack Edmondson pick up at the next play the ball.

He spotted a gap and forced his way over the line to the left of the posts for his first Atoms try.

Billy Livingstone converted for the fifth time giving the Atoms a 42-10 victory.