Leigh East 6-60 Heysham Atoms

Heysham Atoms' Andrew Collins charges through the Leigh East defence. Picture Tony North
Heysham Atoms' Andrew Collins charges through the Leigh East defence. Picture Tony North

For the second time this season the Heysham Atoms went past the 60-point mark against bottom club Leigh East as their good, high-scoring form continued.

The Atoms were dominant in all areas but were especially enthusiastic in the defensive side of the game.

The confidence in defence gave the Atoms the freedom to express themselves in attack playing some open, attractive rugby league using their undoubted pace out wide on the flanks.

The tone of the game was set early on as the Leigh East’s winger and prop both felt the full force of the Atoms’ defensive determination.

Mark Walker was held up over the line early in the piece before centre Andrew Collins came up with a huge hit to dislodge and it was scooped up by scrum half Dan Helme who beat the cover to score the first points of the game.

This try kick-started the Atoms’ onslaught and by the 20-minute mark the Atoms were going at better than a point a minute at 22-0.

Jack Lawton scored from a Liam Hall offload, winger Matty Short finished off an excellent handling move and Jake Harrison showed great footwork to reach the line.

The Atoms goal line defence was tested having to face three sets of six consecutively but some uncompromising defence maintained Leigh’s blank scoreline.

Once the pressure on the line was relieved Al Crookall made a break and a well-timed pass found Mark Walker who sprinted away to score under the posts.

The last try of the half came from a well-placed Stuart Lacey kick that forced a goal-line drop out.

The pressure told as hard-working centre Dan Ginocchio showed great determination to spin out of a number of tackles to score his third try of the season.

The first try of the second half was a coach’s dream as the moves were executed with real accuracy and a shift play to the left-hand corner where Collins finished off in style.

He was in the thick of the action all afternoon and Collins then burst down the centre channel and expertly off-loaded to Al Crookall who finished off from 40 metres.

Leigh East were rewarded for their efforts on the 60-minute mark as they scored close to the posts.

Short soon bagged his second of the contest before Liam Hall fed Helme whose swift pass allowed Billy Livingstone to outpace the cover to score in the left-hand corner.

The final score came from Collins who returned from the sin bin to break through the line and win the foot race to the line.

That made it 12 tries in 12 games for the Atoms centre and Livingstone made it eight successful kicks as the Atoms went past 60 points for the third time this season.