AFTER a quarter of a century of winter rugby, Heysham Atoms have made the switch to the six-division summer North West Men’s League.
On Saturday, Heysham played their first game in the newly formed league and started it with a great away win at Ulverston.
The first points of the game came when Billy Livingstone popped a short inside pass to the rampaging Liam Hall, he was held up over the line but with great second effort twisted out of the tackle to place the ball down between the posts. Livingstone kicked the goal to put the Atoms up 6-0 up after 15 minutes.
The next try again came the way of the Atoms when Mark Walker managed to get the ball down after hard work, again the goal was successful to put Heysham 12-0 up.
The next try on the board was created by the quick thinking Billy Livingstone who took a quick tap after a penalty was awarded for a high tackle; again the kick went over to put the Atoms in a commanding position of 18-0 up after 35 minutes.
Dave McVernon was then sin-binned for a high tackle and Dan Helme received a cut to the head.
While Helme was off being treated Ulverston managed to score between the sticks to take the half-time score to 18-6.
Heysham didn’t manage to switch on after the half-time and more or less straight from kick-off the Ulverston loose forward went on a barnstorming run down the touch-line and scored in the corner.
A cracking kick from the touch-line brought the score to 18-12 in favour of the Atoms.
The pressure on the Atoms’ line took its toll when Ulverston pierced the Atoms’ defence to level the scores at 18-18.
The Atoms needed to regroup and turn the tables and this is what they did when following a quick play the ball Livingstone once again jumped from dummy half to score close to the posts, stretching the score out to 24-18.
The game continued to see-saw with Ulverston once again hitting back to level at 24-24.
Lacey had his kicking boots on and with the repaired Helme back on the field the chase was really on.
Ulverston spilled the ball in their own 20 and Livingstone once again pounced to score his hat-trick, but this time he was off target with the kick.
From the resulting kick-off Heysham’s captain Craig Dixon powered on to the ball and took it a good 60 yards up the field.
This turned out to be a game changing moment, as from this Hall once again got his name on the score sheet and gave the Atoms breathing space with an eight point margin, 24-32.
James Hainsworth came off the bench to make some telling metres with his speed and set the Atoms up for the best try of the game.
Lacey took the ball to the line, attracted four defenders and slipped a lovely ball out the back to a supporting Hall who waddled under the posts to score his hat-trick.
Man of the match Livingstone was successful as was the conversion to take his points tally for the day up to 22 points and seal the victory for the Atoms 24- 38.
Portrait Pools.com men of the match: Billy Livingstone, Craig Dixon, Stuart Lacey.
Heysham Atoms: Harrison, Winder, Seabrook, Helme, Pike, Lacey, Walker, Hall, Livingstone, Dixon, Ginocchio, Crookall, Walker. Res: Helme, McVernon, Hainsworth, Shaw.