Derby delight for Heysham Atoms at Bamber Bridge

Jason Statter in action for Heysham Atoms' under 11s. Picture: Rob Shaw
Jason Statter in action for Heysham Atoms' under 11s. Picture: Rob Shaw
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Heysham Atoms enjoyed double derby delight on Saturday as both their first and A teams won at nearest rivals Bamber Bridge.

The club took 37 players on the day as the first team followed up the second string’s 58-32 win with a 24-12 victory of their own in the North West Men’s League Division One.

Pawel Gadja in action for Heysham Atoms' under 11s. Picture Rob Shaw.

Pawel Gadja in action for Heysham Atoms' under 11s. Picture Rob Shaw.

It was a superb defensive display from the Atoms’ first team, full of aggression and determination.

Matty Humpage’s dummy half running was a feature of the first half and his first break brought an early try for Liam Hall.

The ball found Hall 10 metres out with four defenders between him and the line but he smashed his way through them all with his strength and size winning the day with Stuart Lacey then successfully taking over the kicking duties from the unavailable Billy Livingstone.

Jack Lawton was next to score for the Atoms, going over in the corner with Lacey converting expertly from the sidelines after good work from Jake Harrison.

By and large the Atoms defence stood firm but a rash of penalties saw Heysham on the back foot with the hosts going over to make it 12-4 at the break.

The visitors were soon back on the offensive after the break however with Hall going over for his second of the day and 11th for the season.

Brig hit back with some pressure of their own forcing three goal line drop outs in quick succession as the Atoms defensive resolve was tested.

The pressure was eventually relieved by an outstanding 60-metre kick that found touch from skipper Lacey.

Harrison was then adjudged held up over the line before Lawton couldn’t prevent a Bamber Bridge try on the next play despite an excellent cover tackle.

The score meant the game was alive as a contest but Ben Dorrington settled proceedings showing too much power and pace for the Brig defenders breaking right down the middle and scoring close to the posts.

Brig got into double figures with their third try but it was the Atoms who had enough to see the game out with Callum Hall leading the way with some excellent defence as Heysham picked up two more points.

The A team had got off to a shaky start in their match having drawn 32-32 all with the same opposition a couple of weeks prior.

They conceded two early tries and were 10-0 down in as many minutes.

Jamie Cottle found the first opening on the back of some strong running from the forwards. He then doubled his tally in similar fashion before the Atoms hit the front with a Chris Strachan try.

Bamber Bridge brought the scores level just before the break with a try and penalty setting up another close final 40 minutes.

The second half turned out to be a feast of attacking rugby with the Atoms taking control of the game.

Cottle completed his hat-trick and loose forward Andrew Garnett got reward for his efforts scoring under the posts before the youngsters took centre stage.

Jack Edmondson scored a quick fire hat-trick of tries all in similar style breaking the line and finishing off with pace from long distance.

Kyel Dempsey and Strachan brought the try total to 10, nine of which were converted by young full back Micheal Forrest as the second string ran out 58-32 winners.

Elsewhere, the Atoms’ under 11s lost 46-0 to Cadishead Rhinos from Salford on Sunday as their rugby league apprenticeship continues.