Heysham Atoms picked up another valuable two points in the Dominoes North West Men’s League Division One with victory over Leyland Warriors.
The Atoms ran out 14-6 winners in a game abandoned after 65 minutes due to a serious injury to a Warriors player but the result stood as the match had reached three-quarters distance.
Leyland took the game to the Atoms right from the first whistle, forcing three line drop outs in the first 15 minutes.
But Heysham held firm and looked dangerous on their first foray into opposition territory, Chris Thomas breaking out from under his own posts only for a knock on to halt a promising looking move.
The home side finally got the score board moving as they created an overlap to score.
To many needless penalties added to the Atoms’ lack of continuity but they were soon off the mark.
Hooker Billy Livingstone made a 10-yard break only to be held up. Mark Walker filled in at dummy half and captain Craig Dixon crashed over on the 35-minute mark to make it 6-4 to Leyland at the break.
The Atoms began to get on top early in the second half and took the lead when Andrew Collins broke down the left and produced a wonderful off-load in the tackle to winger Mathew Short who finished off the move in style.Walker then turned provider for the second time as Liam Hall benefitted from a short pass close to the line, scoring the Atoms’ third try.
The game took a turn for the worse as the final quarter approached, with Atoms second row Joe Harrison sent off for the use of an elbow before the game-ending injury.