Heysham Atoms extended their unbeaten run to 11 games in a fierce clash against Domino’s Pizza North West Men’s League Division One pace-setters Wigan Spring View.
Billy Livingstone held his nerve to convert Craig Dixon’s try with time almost us as the second-placed Atoms secured a last-minute draw in a pulsating clash. Heysham opened the scoring in the fourth minute when hooker Livingstone found winger Jason Short, who latched onto the ball to score under the sticks, with Livingstone converting to make it 6-0.
The lead did not last long though as the Atoms allowed the ball to bounce out of play, the resulting drop out afforded Spring View some great field position from which they spun the ball out on the third tackle to find a hole in the Atoms’ defence, tying the scores up at 6-6.
Dave McVernon was introduced to the game but lasted less than a minute before he was sin-binned.
With the Atoms a man down, the Wigan side spun the ball out wide again and inevitably found a hole which they took immediate advantage of to register a 10-6 lead.
A Wigan knock-on then resulted in a scrum to the Atoms, from which a well rehearsed set-piece saw Andy Collins score out in the centres to make it 10-10.
Early in the second half, after the fourth tackle, the Spring View centre span out of the tackle and scored to restore their four0point lead.
A 40-yard break by the Spring View loose forward saw another try, and the purple patch was completed with a third successive unconverted try out wide to take the score out to 10-22 in favour of the visitors.
Some very poor place-kicking from Spring View kept the lead to just 12 points, which flattered the Atoms, but crucially allowed them to claw their way back into the game.
Matthew Short made a great chase back for the ball and a solid set ended with a good attacking kick from Livingstone.
Stu Lacey chased through and kicked the loose ball on, and Dan Ginnochio collected the kick and scored the come-back try. A Livingstone conversion made the score 16-22.
With 15 minutes left the odds were still against the Atoms, but Livingstone kept hopes up with a fine individual try to make the score 20-22.
With the clock ticking, Stu Lacey made great yards down the left edge only for the final pass to go to ground, which was gleefully picked up by Spring View who returned the ball to score an unconverted try of their own to give them a 26-20 lead.
The final act saw Dixon score out wide setting the scene for Livingstone who converted from the sideline to tie things up at the death.