PRESTWICH Heys ended a three-match losing run with a 2-0 win at Holker Old Boys in the FA Vase, a goal in either half, earning a trip to Padiham in the next round.

Playing up the Rakesmoor slope in the first half, Heys enjoyed the better of the possession and territory throughout, and Dom Slaven wasted an early chance, heading Chris Baguley’s corner wide.

After Jacob Holt played in Jordan Icely, Sam Stephens in the home goal was alert enough to close the Heys man down and hold his chipped effort.

The first goal eventually came on 18 minutes. Jamie Baguley drove in a dangerous free-kick and, as the home defence hesitated, Jacob Wood got the vital touch.

Holker threatened briefly when Heys gave the ball away, but Callum Jakovlevs collected a weak finish.

Heys had a gilt-edged chance to double their advantage after Lee Grimshaw’s tricky run into the area saw him upended but Stephens dived to his left to gather the resulting penalty from Rio Wilson-Heyes, meaning Heys just held the slender one-goal lead at half time.

The second half started brightly for Heys, though Holker had loud claims for a penalty of their own, which were waved away by the referee.

After Heys had threatened to grab a second goal, Nathan Reid squandered Holker’s best chance, curling his effort wide after he had burst clean through.

To compound that miss, Heys then doubled their lead. Carl Fitton hit a long ball upfield, which caught the defence off-guard, and Grimshaw nipped in to confidently finish.

Five minutes from time, Wood reached a cross but his header spun wide.

It made no difference to the result as, despite losing key players to work commitments, holidays and injuries, Heys’ performance saw them dominate from the off and carve out a comfortable win.