Parkside Goldbourne 24-28 Heysham Atoms U18s

Matty Humpage.
Matty Humpage.

Heysham Atoms under 18’s made it three wins out of three with an excellent away victory in the Leigh area on Sunday.

Although only taking one substitute the Atoms just had enough left in the tank to see out the game as Goldbourne pushed for an unlikely victory in a tense last 10 minutes.

The Atoms came out firing on all cylinders with loose forward Jack Edmondson breaking the line and scoring a long range try in the left hand corner with less than five mins played.

The lead was doubled as stand off Helme laid on a deft kick into the path of winger Kyel Dempsey who picked up and went over in the opposite corner for his fourth try of the season.

The slippy ball undid the Atoms on their own line as a kick through wasnt gathered and Parkside picked up the loose ball to score their first points.

The Atoms’ first half completion rate was as good as it gets and this gave them excellent field position from which to launch their numerous attacks.

A penalty was taken quickly by livewire hooker Matty Humpage but he was held up over the line. From the next play the ball a wide pass found the dangerous running Michael Forrest who forced his way over in the left centre position. He made it three successful kicks out of three for a deserved 18-6 lead.

Unfortunatly the highs of the first period couldnt be repeated and a succession of penalties gave the Atom youngsters some real problems.

A Goldbourne try direct from a scrum brought the sides within one score. Full Back Jack Lawton’s superb handling of the high ball relieved pressure on numerous occasions and one subsequent drive out of defence set up an excellent attack. Winger Kai Davis continued the direct route and Matty Humpage finished off the move with a 40 yard dummy half break. Jack Edmondson got his second with another strong run with 13 minutes remaining.

The Atoms must have thought that it was game over but Parkside had different ideas, scoring two tries to set up a tense finale.

The Atoms held out with some stout team defensive work with second rowers Clarke and Rodriguez particularly coming up with some important tackles.

The Atoms survived this late scare and will have to bring the penalty count down if they are the challenge the top sides in the division.