A RYAN McGreevy equaliser four minutes from time earned Heys a draw at home to neighbours Prestwich FC in the Kenyon Cup last Tuesday night.
The summer signing from Irlam Town latched on to a Martin Love header to round the keeper and keep alive Heys’ hopes of progress to the quarter-finals.
However, Heys boss Jon Lyons will know there is work to be done after a largely lacklustre showing against an impressive Prestwich outfit.
The visitors were the better side throughout the first half, starting at a lively pace before Kieron Comiskey opened the scoring with a hooked finish in the 19th minute.
Daniel McHugh doubled their advantage six minutes later with a deflected shot, which sparked Heys into life.
Chris McKay’s through ball released Erike Sousa down the middle and he steered past the advancing keeper to put the hosts back in it.
Heys could have been in front by the interval as McKay hit the post and Martin Love missed a penalty – his effort being saved.
But Prestwich made them pay after the break as Chris Bushby restored their two-goal advantage.
However, there was more pace and urgency about Heys in the second period and they pulled a goal back just after the hour when a concerted spell of passing culminated in Jamie Treanor steering home from the edge of the area.
McGreevy then levelled before a late rally from Prestwich, who could easily have gained the three points but for a timely clearance from Phil Woodcock and a fine late save from Rob Sadler.
Heys held their own for the majority of Saturday’s match against North West Counties Premier side Didsbury before conceding two late goals to lose 3-1.
Didsbury breached a stubborn Heys defence just before the break as Sam Mitten drilled a low shot past Sadler. But Treanor latched on to a great cross-field ball from Sousa before curling a shot into the far corner to equalise in the 64th minute.
Woodcock then headed over and George Powell saw a shot saved low as Heys pressed.
However, Didsbury continued to pose a threat and they regained the lead in the 75th minute from the penalty spot.
Mark Rogers slotted home after Gareth Walsh was adjudged to have handled.
With both sides tiring the game became increasingly stretched with opportunities at both ends.
As Heys pushed forward, Didsbury broke in the 90th minute to seal the win with a lightning counter out of defence that ended with Jordan Poole lifting the ball over the advancing Sadler.
Heys continue their pre-season campaign with a friendly at Stoneclough on Saturday (2pm) before opening their Atherton Charity Cup campaign at Hindley Town on Monday night (6.30pm).