PRESTWICH Heys go into Saturday’s clash at high-flying Hollinwood on buoyed by their second win on the bounce.

Mark Slater’s men followed up a gritty 1-0 win overfellow strugglers Leigh Athletic by trouncing Atherton Town 4-0 on their own turf on at the weekend, in a match which the boss said the belief visibly returned to his side.

Midfielder Jonathan Maylon summed up the spirit of the Sandgate Road men by volunteering to play in goal when Heys suffered a late crisis in that position with Martin Campbell and Ian Outram unavailable. “It was a great win,” said Slater, who dropped himself to the bench as Heys reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

“The goalkeeping thing was one of those things that happens in amateur football which is sometimes unavoidable.

“Jonathan is one those players we need in midfield if we are playing a 4-3-3, which is a formation I like because it catches a lot of teams out at this level — they don’t know how to deal with it.” Slater would prefer not to be playing on Hollinwood’s 3G surface on Saturday, in a game which kicks off at 3pm, but he wants to keep the Heys run going.

“If we play with the belief which we have started to show, we’re match for anyone on our day,” said Slater.

“Against Atherton, once we went 2-0 up after half-time, we were like a different team.

“You could see the belief was flooding back and they were like a different team.”

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