PRESTWICH Heys battled back from a goal down to keep their play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Holker Old Boys.

A quick-fire double from Lee O'Brien and Shaun Johnson just before the break saw Heys turn the match around after Michael Rushton had given the home side an early lead.

And Chris Baguley's curled finish seven minutes from time sealed the points for Jon Lyons' men, leaving them eighth in the Hallmark Security League First Division, 10 points outside the play-offs with a game in hand of sixth-placed Charnock Richard.

The hosts were first to threaten in a frantic opening, with Heys' keeper Andrei Stinca having to rush from his line to gather at the feet of Jamie Hodson.

Heys created their first opening two minutes later when Chris Baguley let fly with a vicious 20-yard shot that home stopper Ross Liddicot did well to push to safety.

Jamie Baguley then went close with a header following good work by Dom Slaven.

However, Holker opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Stinca parried a shot into the path of Rushton, who slotted home.

Heys almost claimed an immediate equaliser but Jake Wood headed wide from a corner before Stinca had to be on his toes at the other end to dive at the feet of Robbie Wallace as he bore down on goal.

The visitors started to gain some momentum, though, and Danny White's run and pass opened up the Holker defence but Chris Baguley put his first-time shot over.  

Heys eventually equalised in the 41st minute when O'Brien stabbed a cross past the hosts' stopper.

If that goal was untidy there was no doubting the quality of Heys' second goal, which came a minute later. The ball was worked out wide to Chris Baguley who delivered a superb cross that found Johnson steaming into the box to head powerfully home.

Heys carried over the momentum into the second half when Liddicot pulled off a fine save to keep out a stinging shot from Jamie Baguley before Chris Baguley then found space only to drive his shot straight at the keeper.

The visitors dropped deeper as Holker regrouped to push for an equaliser but they were eventually caught on the break in the 83rd minute when three quick passes set Chris Baguley free and he curled a shot past the advancing keeper to seal the points.

Heys host Daisy Hill on Saturday (kick off 3pm) before Holker make the return visit next Wednesday night (7.45pm).

The reserves dropped to third place in Division One of the Manchester League after losing 5-2 against leaders Heyside.

Heys remain in the title race, eight points behind with five games in hand, but face another tough match on Saturday at second-placed Atherton Town.