Bears inflict home defeat on Atoms

Jack Edmondson scores for the Atoms.
Jack Edmondson scores for the Atoms.
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The Heysham Atoms lost their third game in succession on Saturday with a 56-16 home defeat to Widnes West Bank Bears.

Within the first five minutes Jamie Cottle, Dan Helme and Jack Edmondson combined superbly to open up Widnes and they doubled their total soon after as they intelligently directed their attack to the same area.

Dan Ginocchio’s hit and spin out of the tackle and a heavy Liam Hall drive softened up the Widnes defence sufficiently to allow the space for Jack Edmondason to get his second of the game.

Billy Livingstone for the second time converted from the touchline to give the Atoms an impressive 12-0 early lead.

However, within a 12 minute period the game was turned on its head as the Bears firstly drew level, then overtook the home side with three tries. The referee further caught the wrath of the Atoms officials when he over ruled the linesmen when a conversion failed to go over the bar to give the Widnes side an 18-12 lead.

West Bank added a fourth try despite some spirited defending from Lawton and Cottle in the left hand corner.

In the second half young centre Ollie Murray was sent to the sin bin for a perceived professional foul and West Bank took full advantage of their extra player, taking their poits tally past the 40 mark.

Winger Michael Forrest then finished close to the corner flag before captain Liam Hall protested too vigorously and was shown the red card.

The final play of the game saw the Atoms concede another try which appeared to be courtesy of a forward pass.