PRESTWICH Heys' assistant manager Ian Hutchinson has vowed to keep feet firmly on the ground despite his team moving four points clear at the top of the Premier Division.

The Adie Moran Park outfit, who have won eight and drawn two of their 10 games so far this season, continued their faultless start to the FBT Manchester League campaign by notching up their 30th league goal in the 5-0 drubbing of basement club Uppermill on Saturday.

But Hutchinson is warning the table-toppers, who also boast the best defensive record in the division, against complacency ahead of this weekend's trip to strugglers Boothstown.

"At this level and in this league you need to get points on the board early so that other teams are chasing you and we've done that," he told The Guide.

"We've had a great start but we still need to be cautious because things can change so quickly.

"Last season Monton were eight or nine points clear at the top at Christmas time but then going into January they couldn't buy a win for the next 10 games.

"Both Jon and I played in the Heys team that won the league title three years in a row so we know what it takes to win the league.

"The lads have got all the ability they need to do it. We've got some great characters in the dressing room and they are all winners.

"We just need to keep getting results, remain focused, keep our feet on the ground and not get too carried away."

A brace from Erike Sousa and further goals from Jamie Baguley, Jon Stephenson and Dalton McLaughlin moved Heys clear of joint second-placed sides Springhead and Rochdale Sacred heart with a game in hand.

And Hutchinson was delighted with both the result and the performance of returning striker Sousa after Heys got back to winning ways following defeat to Royton Town in the Lancashire Shield a fortnight ago.

"The cup defeat really hurt the lads," he said.

"Too many of them had an off day. We asked for a reaction and we got it."

"We've played Uppermill twice this season already – in the league and cup – so we knew what to expect.

"We knew they would be physical and organised but we also knew their weaknesses.

"We played on that and it worked in our favour when we scored on 30 seconds and we just kicked on from there.

"Sousa was at Heys last season before moving to Trafford in the summer. But he struggled to find his feet a bit so he's come back to us.

"We put him up top where he likes to play because he's quick and causes problems. When he scored after 30 seconds his tail was up."

The club's reserves made sure it was a jolly weekend all round for Heys when they smashed 12 goals past Hollinwood to increase their lead at the top of Division Two to eight points.

A Brandon Jolly hat-trick and a brace from Ryan Cain led the way for Heys as nine different players got their names on the scoresheet.

Further goals from Joe Newton, Steve Charles, James Conroy, Matt Jolly, Lewis Bond, Craig Thomas and Sam Ingram completed the 12-0 rout.