Heysham Atoms 52-10 Thatto Heath Crusaders A

Atoms' Stu Lacey moving forward.
Atoms' Stu Lacey moving forward.

Heysham Atoms bounced back from their cup disappointment with an emphatic win over Thatto Heath Crusaders A on Saturday.

It was a devastating display against the only side to defeat league leaders going into the weekend Wigan Spring View and a team that were looking to do the double over the Atoms.

Mark Walker under pressure.

Mark Walker under pressure.

But Liam Hall was the star of the show at the Trimpell with four tries in the 52-10 win in the Domino’s Pizza North West Men’s Division One encounter.

Although handling conditions were extremely difficult due to the persistent rain throughout the match this did not deter both sides from trying to play rugby.

Ultimately the wet weather favoured the juggernaut Atoms pack, making the most of the advantage with a powerful display.

The Atoms opened up as they have so many times this season in dominant mood.

Atoms' Andrew Collins is out numbered.

Atoms' Andrew Collins is out numbered.

A mid-range kick-off was fielded superbly well by the centre Dan Ginocchio and the Atoms were immediately propelled towards the St Helens side’s line.

A Jason Short drive went close then Hall powered over for his first try to give the hosts an excellent start.

With Billy Livingstone absent it was left to stand off Stuart Lacey to take over the kicking duties.

The Atoms’ early dominance continued but more often than not they were being let down by the final pass.

But Hall was soon to have a stunning 25-minute hat-trick with back-to-back scores as Thatto Heath found him too hot to handle close to the line.

The visitors did hit back with a try of their own, a missed tackle on half way allowed the full back to break forward and after drawing in the final Atoms defender he released the centre to score in the left corner.

Heysham were still the dominant force however and Dan Helme linked well with Lacey to put Jake Harrison over in the corner.

Al Crookall at left centre was coming more into the action and he then released Jack Edmondson away with an inside pass, which he juggled with before collecting and going over the line for his second senior try.

The second half continued where the first had left off, Short scoring wide out on the right and the Atoms soon had their seventh try, Mark Walker chasing down a kick before Hall off-loaded to Lacey to score.

Scrum half Helme created the next score for Crookall, using dummy runners to good effect and finding his man with a great pass, before the centre soon had a second, forcing his way over in the left corner.

Thatto Heath then put the hosts under a sustained period of pressure for the first time resulting in an Atoms error which allowed the visitors to score close to the posts to take them into double figures.

But it was fitting that Hall should complete the scoring, picking up at the base of the scrum he smashed his way through a number of defenders on his way over the line.

The outstanding Atoms victory was brought to a close with Lacey’s sixth successful conversion.