PRESTWICH Heys have had mixed fortunes recently in their pre-season programme, the latest being a postponed match against Maine Road.

Tuesday night’s warm-up game was called off due to a double booking of the pitch at Wright Robinson College.

The previous week saw Heys beat former Manchester League rivals Royton Town 7-0 on Tuesday night before a 3-0 defeat to Atherton Collieries at the weekend.

Isaac Illidge got Heys on the road to victory against Royton in the third minute, with Max White hitting the bar from a free kick moments later for a dominant Prestwich side.

They doubled their advantage when Lee Bruce pounced on a defensive mistake to score. Theo Kidd got in on the act, finishing a chance with aplomb to give the visitors to Wright Robinson a 3-0 lead at the break.

Alfie Belcher, soon to depart to study in the USA, scored number four after a jinking run, and soon afterwards he linked up well with Bruce to lay a second on for his team-mate.

Bruce then completed a deserved hat-trick when he finished off a fine attacking move with a tremendous finish.

Rio Wilson-Heyes added Heys’ sixth before Kidd grabbed the seventh just before the final whistle.

Heys then suffered their first defeat of the pre-season campaign as they were beaten 3-0 at Atherton Collieries last Saturday.

However, there were plenty of positives to take from a good workout against the Evo-Stik League West Division side.

Heys’ starting line-up was barely recognisable with seven of last season’s regular starters unavailable. Nonetheless, it offered the new faces and fringe players an opportunity to impress, and they took it.

They almost took the lead early on as the impressive Illidge’s shot was tipped over by the Colls keeper.

Shortly after the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot, an advantage they were not to relinquish.

While there was much to admire about Heys’ play, the extra cutting edge of the hosts told as they twice punished midfield errors to build a three-goal advantage by the interval.

The second half saw many changes on both sides and while Colls were always the more dangerous, Heys had their moments and should have had a penalty when Kidd was bundled over.

Pre-season as a whole has been very encouraging ahead of the Hallmark Security League season which starts on August 4 at home to Bacup.

n Heys’ final pre-season fixture sees them entertain neighbours Radcliffe on Saturday.

The game at Adie Moran Park kicks off at 3pm and forms part of a Family Fun Day at the ground.

There will be stalls, bar, food, bouncy castle, prize draws and a free activity tent throughout the day.

The entertainment gets going at midday with the Adie Moran Memorial Trophy game between Heys Old Boys and Radcliffe Over-35s, a side managed by Adie’s brother John, will take place.