By Nathan Jacobs

PRESTWICH Heys’ extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory at home to Cheadle Town, moving to within four points of the automatic promotion places in the Hallmark Security League First Division.

A brace of headed goals from Jake Wood and a Danny White penalty saw Heys to victory, despite not playing since their 3-0 defeat of Abbey Hulton United in mid-January.

Liam Delaney netted a consolation penalty for Cheadle, after a collision which saw Sven Gibson sent off for the Heys – the only negative of an otherwise solid display on Tuesday night.

The result leaves Heys in fourth place, but provided some much needed daylight between themselves and Alsager Town in fifth.

Goalmouth action was scarce in a cagey first half as the two sides exchanged half-chances with neither willing to take a substantial risk.

But Heys slowly upped the tempo and finally struck on the cusp of half-time as Wood nodded in White's corner.

Cheadle responded in positive fashion at the beginning of the second half with a flurry of crosses sent into the box before a game-changing moment on the hour mark.

Luke Cotton impressively spun beyond Wood and, bearing down on goal with only Michael Smith to beat, Cheadle’s number nine put his finish wide of the near post.

The match swung on that moment as Prestwich once again began to assert their authority. They thought they had capitalised when White netted after some neat interplay, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.

When Prestwich did eventually double their lead in the 70th minute it was a carbon copy of the opening goal as White swung in another delicious corner and Wood rose highest to score.

White thought he had wrapped up a comfortable evening for Heys when he converted a penalty after substitute Alfie Belcher was felled with 10 minutes remaining.

But, to their credit, Cheadle never gave in and were rewarded with a penalty when Gibson was adjudged to have committed a foul and was given his marching orders.

Delaney netted Cheadle’s consolation and Cotton spurned a superb opportunity to make it a nervy last few minutes, placing his free header from the six-yard box into the grateful hands of Smith.

Next up for Heys is the unenviable task of defeating table-topping Silsden, who are 19 points clear of Jon Lyons’ men with 14 victories out of 15 at home this season.