A LAST-MINUTE winner from two-goal hero Jamie Baguley helped Prestwich Heys to a 3-2 win at Alsager Town that saw them leap-grog their rivals into the top two.

Heys moved second in the Hallmark Security League First Division following a spirited victory that delighted manager Jon Lyons.

Baguley dislocated his thumb during the game but refused to go off and after having his hand repaired on the pitch claimed a dramatic winner after Heys had let a two-goal lead slip in the second half.

“We played some great football in the first half but importantly we also did all those other things you have to do – defending well, working hard for each other and pressing the opposition," said Lyons.

"However, we stopped doing some of those things in the second half and it could have cost us, but I’m delighted with the win.”

Alsager went into the match one place above Heys in third and on a run of eight straight wins.

But Heys started the stronger and very nearly opened the scoring in the third minute when Max White's shot cannoned back off the angle of bar and post.

Danny White also went close after 14 minutes, finishing off a slick passing move with an angled drive that whistled past the far post.

The visitors finally scored at their third sight of goal when Baguley slipped in Danny White with a superb pass that he steered home.

Max White went close with a free kick and Dom Slaven lifted a chance over the bar before Baguley put Heys 2-0 up on the stroke of half time, rifling in Matt Grimshaw's low cross from 10 yards.

The visitors were unable to maintain the upper hand after the break, however, and Alsager pulled a goal back with 49 minutes on the clock, Jordan Erdman pouncing to bury the loose ball after Heys failed to deal with a cross.

Erdman was foiled by visiting keeper Mark Baguley as the hosts pushed for an equaliser, but Alsager levelled in the 66th minute when Taylor Attrell was allowed to steer in the ball unmarked from a free kick.

Both sides then had chances to win it and the intensity increased in the closing stages, but it was Baguley who claimed the hero tag after Dom Slaven helped on a free kick into his path and after taking a touch he hooked in a superb left-footed shot.

Heys entertain Chadderton in the league on Friday and host St Helens Town on Tuesday in the first round of the Macron Cup.

The reserves, meanwhile, registered their third straight win in the Manchester League Premier Division, beating Old Alts 3-0 after goals from Greg Wills, Lee Grimshaw and Adam Edwards.