TRADITIONALLY the Lancashire Cup has not been a happy hunting ground for the Heysham Atoms and when the draw was made they knew they were in for a difficult afternoon against the former holders Haydock from St Helens.
The start of the game belonged to Haydock and the shellshocked Atoms conceded two tries in the first 10 minutes, one from a misplaced kick out of defence that was returned with interest and a kick behind the Atoms’ winger that Haydock’s speedy winger took full advantage of.
Two more Haydock tries were posted before the 20 minute mark and the Atoms were staring at a severe defeat unless they started to defend with some commitment to the cause.
Gradually the Atoms began to complete their sets and look after the ball properly enabling them to gain better field position.
Another Haydock score took them into a 24-0 lead before The Atoms finally created a bit of pressure on Haydock’s line.
Loose forward Mark Walker showed his considerable strength with ball in hand breaking through the first tackle, throwing a dummy and striding over the line. Haydock finished the first half as they started it by scoring wide out on the left to make it 28-6.
The second half was much more of an even contest with the Atoms competing much better in all aspects of their play.
The tireless captain Daniel Ginnochio led from the front and was now ably supported by 16-year-old starlet Daniel Helme.
Haydock were first on the scoresheet in the second half but good work from Marrin and Walker got the Atoms within striking distance.
Helme put up an up and under close to Haydock’s posts and centre Billy Livingstone rose the smartest to out jump the opposition and place the ball down over the try line.
He added the extras for a well deserved six-pointer.
Two more Haydock tries took them into an unasailable lead passing the 40-point mark.
One thing the Atoms are reknowned for is their never say die attitude and with the likes of Jake Harrison and Al Crookall they always have a chance of breaking the first line of defence.
Mark Walker barged his way over for his second try of the game, burrowing his way under three defenders placing the ball down under the crossbar.
Billy Livingstone again added his third kick of the game giving the Atoms a respectable 18 points from three converted tries.
Portrait Pools Man of The Match: 1. Daniel Ginnochio 2. Mark Walker 3. Tom Crookall