PRESTWICH Heys fired off a warning shot to their promotion rivals after winning 6-0 at play-off hopefuls Sandbach United on Saturday.

Jon Lyons' men extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in the Hallmark Security League First Division, during which time they have picked up 31 points from a possible 33.

They remain second in the table, eight points behind leaders Silsden, who have a game in hand having won all their 15 matches.

But Heys are keeping on the pressure in the early days of the title race, something that has delighted their manager.

"This was the best performance I have seen from a Heys side," he said. "It had everything."

Sandbach started the game in fifth place, looking to close the nine-point gap on Heys.

But the visitors were quicker to every ball from the opening whistle and took just five minutes to get on the scoresheet, Mark Ayres peeling off his marker to head home a Max White corner.

Heys doubled their lead five minutes later when Rio Wilson-Heyes cut into the box before pulling the ball back to the edge of the area for Danny White to drill a low shot into the bottom corner.

The home side looked to respond with a good spell of possession, but they got no change out of a resolute Heys rearguard.

The visitors came close to adding a third goal when Jamie Baguley just failed to turn home a Wilson-Heyes cross.

Centre-half Matt Grimshaw also headed narrowly wide from a Max White free kick before Wilson-Heyes added a sublime third goal on 31 minutes.

He received the ball on the edge of the area and rode five attempted challenges before poking home a shot at the near post.

Max White went close with a lob from 30 yards, but succeeded in setting up the fourth goal just before half time. His corner was headed goalwards by Lee Bruce and Jamie Baguley applied the finish.

There was no let-up at the start of the second half, with Wilson-Heyes scoring a fifth goal in the 54th minute, finding the bottom corner with a crisp drive to finish off a great passing move down the left.

Heys goalkeeper Mark Baguley was called into action to touch a Stuart Tulloch shot on to the bar, but just as Sandbach were enjoying a spell of pressure the visitors rounded off the scoring with a sixth goal, Lee Grimshaw hooking home Max White's cross with nine minutes to play.

St Helens Town visit Adie Moran Park on Saturday (3pm) before Heys host leaders Silsden on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The reserves bowed out of the Manchester League’s Gilgryst Cup with a 4-1 defeat at unbeaten Premier Division leaders AVRO. Liam Lawlor scored their goal.

They travel to Garstang on Saturday in the Lancashire FA Amateur Shield quarter-finals, kick off 1.30pm.  




6485- Lee Bruce heads on and Jamie Baguley stoops ready to apply the finishing touch for Heys 4th goal.