Heysham Atoms 28-24 Folly Lane

Stuart Lacey goes over for the Atoms to give them victory in the final play of the game.
Stuart Lacey goes over for the Atoms to give them victory in the final play of the game.

Heysham Atoms inflicted a first defeat of the season on early North West Men’s Division One pace-setters Folly Lane at the weekend.

There was little to choose between the sides with stand-off Stuart Lacey dramatically sealing a late Atoms win with a try on the very last play of the game.

A scrappy opening certainly wasn’t a show of things to come as both sides knocked on early in the tackle count.

On the first Atoms completion Lacey finished the set with a towering ‘bomb’ to the left winger who spilled the ball allowing Callum Hall to off-load to Al Crookall who charged over the line.

Straight from the kick-off an Atoms error allowed their visitors to draw level at 6-6 all.

But the home side hit back and re-took the lead through impressive young winger Chris Thomas who sprinted 60 meters to score under the posts.

On the 20 minute mark the sides were locked up again after the Folly centre to scored close to sticks and right on half-time the Swinton side went ahead for the first time scoring on the right after some poor Atoms defending.

Heysham put substantial pressure on their visitors after the break but couldn’t find the width to make their early dominance count.

The score did eventually come however, strong running from loose forward Mark Walker setting up a good, attacking position from which Liam Hall forced his way over the line.

In an entertaining end-to-end encounter the teams once again exchanged tries, first Folly regained the lead before Billy Livingstone shot out from half back to level the scores at 24-24 all with seven minutes to play.

The momentum was with the Atoms but when Lacey saw a drop goal blocked it looked as if the game was going to end in a draw.

Lacey wasn’t done however and with seconds left he scooped up a chipped kick and evading the Folly attackers chasing down the kick he sprinted away and scored in the corner to seal a dramatic win.

Atoms: Harrison, Short, Crookall, Brown, Thomas, Lacey, Helme, Hall, Livingstone, Dixon, Hall, Ginocchio, Walker. Replacements: Cambidge, Harrison, O’Donnell, McVernon.

The Heysham Atoms under 16s continued their impressive start to the season with an excellent 32-18 victory against Accrington Panthers. Micheal Forrest scored two tries with Archie Rich, Matty Humpage, Kai Davies and Will Hunt also on the mark.