Heysham Atoms 50-6 Latchford Albion

Billy Livingstone scores for the Atoms. Picture: Tony North
Billy Livingstone scores for the Atoms. Picture: Tony North

Hat-tricks from Billy Livingstone and Andrew Collins helped Heysham Atoms romp to a 50-6 victory over Latchford Albion at the Trimpell on Saturday.

The Atoms picked up where they left off in their victory against Bold Miners last weekend with a blistering opening 40 minutes in the Domino’s Pizza North West Men’s League Division One encounter.

The first score came with only six minutes on the clock when Collins backed himself on the last tackle, electing to run rather than kick, ending under the posts for his first try.

Livingstone then scored his first of the afternoon, his eye for a gap around the retreating defensive line taking him over the line.

He soon had his second, Dave McVernon charging over half way, before Al Crookall continued the move and Livingstone finished off in style from acting half back.

Scorer turned provider as Livingstone then found Mark Walker with a cut out pass to make it 22-0 with only 20 minutes played.

The Atoms were reduced to 12 men shortly afterwards but it didn’t slow them down, two quick tries from Collins and then Walker took the Heysham side over 30 points.

Hooker Livingstone completed his first-half hat-trick after a four-man overlap had been wasted and Jason Short was held up close to the line.

His third was very similar to his first two, nipping through the defenders as they tried to get back on side.

Latchford had really suffered with a lack of possession and territory and two penalties helped their cause before their hard-working stand off stretched out over the line for their only score of the game.

The Atoms pivots of Lacey and Helme linked up nicely to put centre Crookall on a charge to the line.

He had plenty of defenders in front of him but showed enough determination and power to give the Atoms a 44-6 half-time lead.

The Warrington side regrouped after the break deciding to use their numerical advantage to stretch the Atoms out wide.

A number of good handy moves had the desired effect and only some outstanding cover defence from first Dan Ginocchio and their Callum Hall prevented another score.

Crookall and Collins came up with some big shots dislodging the ball in contact and giving possession back to the Atoms.

The flurry of points from the first-half had somewhat dried up and the game became a bit scrappy in the middle of the park.

But Crookall made a 40-yard break before Collins completed his hat-trick with a half the length of the field score outpacing all the Latchford chasers. Livingstone slotted over his seventh successful conversion to take the Atoms to 50 points.