By Stephen Howard
HEYS picked up their first league win of the season with a 3-2 victory at Chapel Town on Saturday.
In an often untidy game Heys did just enough to take the points despite their least impressive performance of the season.
The game was also not without controversy as Erike Sousa was denied a goal from a close-range header that went in under the bar but came out through a hole in the roof of the net.
However, the officials deemed that although the ball had gone through the hole it had done so by landing on the back of the net.
That would have given Heys a 19th-minute equaliser after they had fallen behind inside 10 seconds to a Josh Wood goal.
On a blustery afternoon, a long ball forward from the kick off caught in the wind to cause havoc in the Heys’ backline and Wood nipped in to lift the ball over the advancing Rob Sadler.
With barely two minutes on the clock Heys almost fashioned an equaliser with Chris Denham denied by a fine double save from Town keeper Ryan Warters.
As the game settled, it was Heys who began to ask all the questions but after the Sousa “goal” controversy it took a Sadler stop to keep Heys in it as he saved superbly at point-blank range from Jake Anderson.
In the 27th minute, Heys finally punished the home side with an equaliser as Paul Tierney latched on to a Denham pass to go round the keeper and slot home.
Heys opened the second half brightly and had a measure of control having largely blunted the threat from the home side.
However, Heys themselves were labouring in attack and it was with some relief that Jon Lyons’ side took the lead in the 67th minute.
From a corner, a mix up between Warters and his defence saw the ball break loose to Grant Mody on the edge of the area and his low shot nestled in the bottom corner.
Looking to press forward their advantage Heys added a third in the 75th minute. A low cross from Greg Wills eluded Jamie Treanor but Drew was following in behind to drive low into the net.
However, far from killing the game off, Heys let the hosts back into it with 10 minutes to go when they were caught napping from a long throw and Rob Potter had time to turn in the box and fire past Sadler.
It set the scene for a nervous finish as the home side piled on the pressure and Potter and Wood both went close with headers as Heys hung on for victory.
Heys return to Adie Moran Park on Saturday when they host Royton Town (2pm).
Meanwhile, Heys reached the Kenyon Cup final on Monday evening with a 4-1 win at Tottington, thanks to goals from Wills (two), Sousa and an own goal.
They will play Walshaw in the final next spring.