Heysham Atoms 42-8 Bold Miners

Craig Dixon scores for the Atoms against Bold Miners. Picture: Tony North.
Craig Dixon scores for the Atoms against Bold Miners. Picture: Tony North.
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Heysham Atoms’ excellent run of form continued with a comfortable win over Bold Miners.

The home side didn’t have it all their own way in the Domino’s Pizza North West Men’s League Division One encounter at the Trimpell.

They had to turn round an 8-6 deficit at the break, producing six unanswered tries in a dominant second period to take the victory.

The Atoms created numerous first-half opportunities but the final pass or over eagerness close to the line lead to a mistakes and allowed Bold to clear their lines time after time.

Heysham showed superior patience in the second half which saw them home in confident fashion.

The team as a whole was excellent throughout but loose forward Mark Walker’s hat-trick of second-half scores and Billy Livingstone’s faultless kicking display, with seven from seven complimenting his customary two-try haul, making sure the Atoms kept moving in the right direction.

The start however couldn’t have gone any worse for the Atoms as they found themselves six points down with only two minutes played.

But it wasn’t long before they slowly began to take control.

One of the finds of the season for the Atoms has been Andrew Collins in the second row and he made the first real inroad into an organised looking Bold defensive line.

The progress was steady rather than explosive but the home side were able to camp themselves near the Bold line.

Walker jumped in at dummy half and Craig Dixon spotted some slow marker defence forcing his way over the line just to the right of of the uprights.

Stuart Lacey made a big break down the centre channel and winger Matty Short got himself over the try line only to be thwarted by the determined Bold defenders.

Despite the home side’s dominance the St Helen’s outfit regained the lead five minutes before the break with a penalty.

The second half demolition job started with a Livingstone try as the markers split and left him a huge hole to run into right down the middle of the ruck. Centre Al Crookall then made a half-break and Livingstone and Dan Helme’s backing up play helped Walker in for his first try.

Callum Hall’s efforts were then rewarded with a try as scooted out of dummy half twisting one way then the other as he gained his third try of season.

Breaks were a plenty now as the Atoms commanded the middle ground. The outstanding Collins and Helme continually forced the Bold defenders to retreat and 
Livingstone picked up his second try of the game.

Walker shot in for his second before the best was left till last.

Collins was found with a pass out the back of a ‘wedge’ play and he sprinted up field supported by Livingstone and Helme, who put Walker in for his third try to complete the win.