THEODORE Kidd’s two goals in two games have seen Prestwich Heys chalk up a perfect start to the Hallmark Security League Division One season.

Kidd hit the only goal of Saturday’s opener as Heys beat Bacup Borough at Adie Moran Park.

He followed up on Tuesday night with his second in as many games, with Michael Itela also netting in a 2-0 win at Ashton United.

Kidd, a close-season signing from Atherton LR, pounced from close range in the 21st minute against Bacup to give Heys the lead.

However, having bossed the opening half hour, the remainder of the contest proved a tight affair with little to choose between them in a hard-fought encounter.

Kidd was one of three debutants in the Heys starting line-up, alongside Isaac Iliidge and Conor Braithwaite as the home side made an encouraging start.

Rio Wilson-Heyes was at the hub of some enterprising attacking play and had the ball in the net in the eighth minute with an explosive volley, only for an assistant’s flag to halt celebrations.

With the play almost exclusively heading in the direction of the Bacup goal, the visitors’ defence showed great resilience, but were unlocked in the 21st minute.

Wilson-Heyes swung in a cross that eluded the Bacup defence, dropping at the feet of Kidd 10 yards out and the striker showed good control and calmness as he swept the ball home.

The response from Bacup was good as they demonstrated their attacking ability and almost levelled on the half hour, Matthew Dell’s angled shot clipping the bar.

With a minute of the half left it took a stunning save by Heys keeper Michael Smith, tipping a point-blank header from Adrian Bellamy onto the bar to keep his side ahead.

Jake Wood went close with a header in the opening moments of the second half as Heys looked to regain control, but Bacup’s Michael Gervin saw a fierce goalbound shot blocked.

The match became untidy with defences on top and it remained a tense, fascinating contest.

Kidd saw a shot a deflected wide and from the resulting corner Dom Slaven fired over and Bacup responded with Matthew Dell curling one wide and Bobby Carter being denied by Smith.

Itela almost sealed it for Heys but Bacup keeper Lewis Monaghan got down well to smother his shot. But Heys had done enough to edge the match. They followed up that victory with the 2-0 win at Ashton.

Heys weathered an early storm from the hosts before Kidd and Itela struck either side of half time for the win.

Saturday, sees Heys play in the FA Cup for the first time in 35 years as they face Abbey Hey at Adie Moran Park.

The extra preliminary-round tie kicks off at 3pm.