The Heysham Atoms fielded a youthful and inexperienced team in their dominant 58-12 friendly win against Lancashire Police.
Four players made their debuts alongside the squad members that have struggled for game time this season ahead of a crucial part of the season.
Hooker Bradley Morrow, stand off Daniel Helme and centre Matty Short were outstanding for the Atoms and with Jack Lawton’s four tries and Anthony Livingston’s eight goals from eight attempts were the stand out performers on the night.
The first score came from a Helme chip over the defensive line that Lawton took on the run and scored close to the posts.
New scrum half Josh Wyke got his rugby league career off to a flying start dummying his way over the line for a try on his debut.
Short, revelling in the centre role, then sprinted 60 metres unopposed for his try.
On 25 minutes Lawton then scored his second getting on the end of a fine passing move.
The Police virtually had no possession and no territory to speak of but they were able to get on the score sheet with a try in the left-hand corner. They cut the deficit by half almost immediately as their influential scrum half crossed under the posts, taking the score to 24-12.
Just before the break Lawton completed his hat-trick scoring a fine opportunist try.
A much-changed Atoms continued where they left off after the break, Kieron Sharples ran strongly and Jack Edmondson intercepted from 20 yards out to push The Atoms into an unassailable 34-12 lead.
The Atoms’ Aussie contingent then combined superbly putting new full back Jamie Cottle into a gap which he rounded off in style to take the Atoms past the 40-point mark.
Cottle showed what a good acquisition he could be for The Atoms scoring his second with some excellent support play.
A break from the back of a scrum and two quick passes put Lawton in for his fourth.
The final score of the game was scored by Andrew Saddler as he individually took on the line, showing great footwork and a clean pair of heals to touch down.
Portrait Pools Man Of The Match: 1 Bradley Morrow 2 Daniel Helme 3 Matty Short
Atoms: J Lawton, R Williams, J Edmondson, M Short, G Winder, D Helme, J Wyke, J Harrison, B Morrow, J Short, A Livingston, D Rodriguez, J O’Donnell, Replacements: A Saddler, G Saddler, S Weed, A Helme, K Sharples, C Stephenson, A Downey, J Hainsworth, J Cottle.