Irlam Hornets 47-6 Heysham Atoms

Liam Hall in action for the Heysham Atoms.
Liam Hall in action for the Heysham Atoms.

The Heysham Atoms kicked off their third season of summer rugby with a heavy defeat in Salford against Irlam.

The visitors never recovered from a poor first-half display where they were physically blown away by a big, aggressive, Hornets side.

In a below-par performance Liam Hall, Andrew Collins and Mark Walker were the pick of the forwards with Chris Thomas bagging the only Atoms score.

Thomas profited from an excellent Collins break and offload in a try converted by Neil Walker but it was scant consolation on a difficult day for Heysham.

One positive note was young hooker Matty Humpage who again enhanced his growing reputation with another brave display.

Humpage was in action the following day as the club’s under 18 side kicked off their season with a 28-16 defeat at Rochdale Mayfield.

The Atoms took an impressive 21-man squad with everyone playing their part in a fierce encounter.

Jack Edmondson gave the visitors an early lead but three scores in response from the hosts gave them a 12-6 half-time lead.

Edmondson then converted a Humpage try to bring the game back to 12-12.

But again Rochdale hit back with three scores to take control of the game.

The Atoms however had the last word as Jack Lawton squeezed in at the corner giving the final score a very respectable look.

The Heysham Atoms have new under 11 and under 13 sides.

Twenty-three players attended the first session with training at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm.

Trainers and gum shield required, no previous experience necessary. For more details visit www.facebook.com/heysham.atoms