The high-scoring Heysham Atoms continued their excellent recent form dispatching Leigh East with their second 60-point haul in as many games.
It wasn’t a vintage performance from the hosts but was one that will give the Atoms confidence ahead of their crunch clash with St Helens Wild Boars at the Trimpell this Saturday.
A strange beginning to the game saw Leigh knock on straight from the kick-off with Kai Davies scoring directly from the scrum.
The Atoms then repaid the favour with an error of their own as the visitors took a 6-4 lead with just three minutes on the clock.
The second Heysham try was one to savour however, young full back Jack Lawton fielded a ball from behind his own posts and offloaded to winger Matty Short who broke away up to half way before feeding Callum Hall who in turn found Jake Harrison who shot under the posts for a spectacular 100-metre try.
Leigh then levelled the game up at 10-10 with a try out wide before Billy Livingstone regained the lead with a penalty and Liam Hall crashed over after an excellent Andrew Collins run.
The attacking momentum was now with the Atoms and scrum half Dan Helme found Collins with a cut-out pass who put in winger Davies for his second of the day.
Heysham went into the break well in command with Helme scoring under the posts after a Harrison break to give the Atoms at 28-10 lead.
Leigh weren’t going away however and got the first score of the half with a prop scoring from short range.
Three quick-fire tries then made sure of victory for the hosts however.
It was the Atoms’ young guns who were to the fore, hooker Matty Humpage, Curtis Lacey and Lawton all seeing scores converted by Livingstone to give Heysham a convincing 46-14 lead going into the final quarter.
This period was to be all about Collins getting his just rewards for an impressive performance as the centre went over for a hat-trick of tries.
Captain Stuart Lacey found Collins for his first before Jake Harrison finished off a Callum Hall break.
Leigh then posted their fourth try after a series of penalties had put the Atoms on the defensive.
The Atoms were soon on the offensive again however, a marauding Liam Hall setting up Collins’ second before the centre added his third after good work from Livingstone, who added the conversion to complete the rout.