PRESTWICH Heys' thrilling run came to an end on Monday night in a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Widnes.
They went into the game on a high after making it a magnificent seven straight wins in the Hallmark Security League First Division following a 2-1 victory at home to Ashton Town on Saturday.
Joint managers Jon Lyons and Ian Hutchinson were presented with the league's club of the month award for February before that game in recognition of their 100 per cent record.
Heys had not dropped points since January and were looking to take a step closer to clinching a place in the play-offs when they travelled to take on fourth-placed Widnes.
They went into the match six points behind sixth-placed Alsager Town, but with two games in hand.
Yet Widnes had plenty to play for themselves, and proved too strong an opponent as they moved to within two points of an automatic promotion place with a game in hand over second-placed City of Liverpool.
Kevin Towey scored the only goal just before half time, and Heys were unable to create a clear-cut opening as they toiled in search of an equaliser.
They did show real determination to keep the scores down, however, with Mark Baguley having to deputise in goal for the final 30 minutes after Heys' keeper Andrew Stinca limped off with a groin injury.
The fact Heys were playing their second match in three days could have been a factor in the below-par display.
A host of postponements have led to a fixture pile-up, and Saturday's performance against basement club Ashton Town was similarly underwhelming,
It took them until the 44th minute to opening the scoring, with Danny White nodding in the rebound from close range after Shaun Johnson's towering header from a corner was blocked on the line.
White headed in Heys' second goal seven minutes after the break after he had been picked out by a superb cross from fellow front-man Paul Tierney.
The strike duo were replaced shortly after as the management team looked to save legs.
And the move could have backfired as Ashton's best player, Marvin Molyneux, pulled a goal back with an unstoppable shot on 75 minutes.
A couple of important tackles from Darius Photiou and a timely block by Lee O’Brien kept Ashton at bay as Heys edged nervously to a valuable three points.
The games keep coming thick and fast now. Heys travelled to fifth-placed Charnock Richard last night in a match played after the Guide's print deadline.
They now have two home games to look forward to this week, with ninth-placed Chadderton on Saturday (kick off 3pm) and 13th-placed Cheadle Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).