Heysham Atoms 42-12 Cadishead Rhinos

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THE Atoms’ excellent start to life in summer rugby continued with a comprehensive home victory against a big, experienced Salford outfit.

The Atoms kept the pressure on at the top of the competition ladder with their unbeaten run now stretching to six games.

The basis for victory came in the first period of 40 minutes as the Atoms rattled up 32 unanswered points as they totally dominated possession and field position on a magnificent Trimpell playing surface.

The Atoms coach Shane Weed was able to pick his strongest side of the season and they came flying out of the blocks, scoring on their first possession of the ball.

A high shot on the third tackle of the game took the Atoms into Rhinos’ territory and the powerful running of centre Al Crookall got him his first touch down of the afternoon.

The Atoms had to wary of the Cadishead pivots as they both made half breaks and only an excellent one-on-one tackle from Atoms full-back Jake Harrison prevented the Rhinos from hitting straight back.

The scoreboard was soon moving in the Atoms’ favour again as Mathew Short scored his first try for the club, finishing off a move started by a good drive from captain Craig Dixon.

This was followed up with Crookall’s second try of the contest as he scooped over from dummy half after Liam Hall had gone very close to scoring himself.

This was a very comfortable opening quarter for the Atoms and the prospect of more points looked inevitable.

The dangerous running of full-back Jake Harrison brought him a brace of tries in quick succession, one from 80 metres as he took the ball under his wing and backed his own pace.

At 26-0 up the Atoms had the luxury of emptying their impressive bench with all four maintaining the high standards that had been set.

Sedgley Park bound Ben Dorrington showed his appetite for the hard graft, making four tackles on the trot before backing up loose forward Mark Walker and receiving a neat pass, sending him under the posts for the Atoms’ sixth try of the half – four of which were improved by the boot of Billy Livingstone who was having to operate from the left wing.

Half-time score 32-0 to the Atoms.

It was one of those situations were the Atoms didn’t want the first half to end and Cadishead needed to hear the half-time whistle to re-group.

Re-group is what they did and gave the Atoms a more competitive 40 minutes as the Heysham side just couldn’t replicate their dominance of the first period.

A raft of penalties and errors took away the fluency of the first period as Cadishead got under the skin of the Atoms.

Cadishead posted their first points as weak defending presented a gap for the full-back to stroll in under the posts.

They doubled their score shortly after as the Atoms came up with a glaring error that gifted six points to the opposition.

The Atoms struggled to get much continuity of play and it was down to individual skill that the Atoms increased their lead.

Stand-off Stuart Lacey found centre Al Crookall with a searching left to right pass and he was able to force his way over for a well deserved hat-trick.

The final Heysham score of a forgettable second half was scored fittingly by the Atoms’ most influential player in the form of Stuart Lacey.

He used a couple of decoy runners to good effect then kept hold of the ball and glided through a tiring Cadishead defensive line.

Portrait Pools Man of the Match: 1 S Lacey, 2 A Crookall, 3 C Dixon.

Heysham Atoms: J Harrison, B Livingstone, L Seabrook, A Crookall, M Short, S Lacey, N Walker, L Hall, M Marrin, C Dixon, D Helme, C Hall, M Walker. Res: J Short, D McVernon, B Dorrington, A Garnett.

Next Saturday away to top of league Bank Quay Bulls (Warrington), kick-off 2.30pm.