PRESTWICH Heys’ seven-game winning run in the Hallmark Security League Division One came to a disappointing end with a 2-0 defeat at AFC Liverpool.

After surging up the table on the back of some exhilarating football Heys came unstuck against their fifth-placed hosts who extended their own good run with a goal in each half on an afternoon when Prestwich’s play lacked the pace and verve of recent weeks.

On a cold, blustery day Heys started brightly, carving out the first chance of the game after eight minutes when Liam Healey fired over the bar.

Three minutes later, Healey was involved again, finding Alfie Belcher with a great ball but Liverpool keeper Lee Carr made a great save, tipping Belcher’s shot round the post.

Liverpool sprang into action in the 17th minute and Heys keeper Mike Smith continued his recent good form by pushing Anthony Lyons’ shot to safety.

Will Shawcross and Belcher both then went close with efforts for Heys.

However, the home side took the lead on 27 minutes.

A misplaced pass from Chris Baguley was intercepted, Jay McGrane’s shot was saved well low down by Smith, but the ball came back out to Lyons who smashed in the rebound from close range.

Heys responded quickly and captain Jake Wood broke free to lash a shot into the net three minutes later, only for the linesman to raise his flag.

The visitors continued to look the more enterprising and man-of-the-match Belcher and Grimshaw tested the home keeper as Heys went in behind at the break but hopeful of turning it around.

Unfortunately, the second half was to prove a frustrating affair. Heys looked to play it neat and tidy from the back to the middle, but without using the wide men which has proved so successful on many occasions this season, they made little headway.

And their fate was sealed on 62 minutes when a super header from Callum Schorah looped over the stranded Smith into the net for a second goal to the home side.

Schorah then twice went close, toe poking wide before forcing Smith to save low as the hosts looked to take the game away from Heys

It was only late in the day when new signing Corey Knight came on with 10 minutes to go and, with fellow sub Rio Wilson-Heyes, Heys posed more of an attacking threat, but the Liverpool back four stood resolute to seal their victory.

Despite their unbeaten run coming to an end Heys still have an excellent chance of a top-four finish. They host Shelley at Adie Moran Park on Saturday. Kick off is 3pm.