PRESTWICH Heys put in a great team performance to beat Cleator Moor Celtic 3-0 in a magnificent setting on the Cumbrian coast.

Heys’ first opening came via Rio Wilson-Heyes, who went on a jinking run before shooting narrowly wide,

Celtic responded, a deep ball forward being well met on the volley but the ball went high and wide.

Heys enjoyed a string of decent chances, with Wilson-Heyes unable to score with a header and Danny Warburton seeing a powerful shot blocked before Dominic Slaven slid an effort wide.

Heys captain Slaven was enjoying a fine game and had Heys’ next effort in the 23rd minute, picking out a shot that was headed off the line by a Celtic defender.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes. Max White curled a fine cross to the far post where Lee Bruce was on hand to head home.

Just after the half-hour mark, Mark Ayres went into the book for a crude challenge, but together with Danny Vincent, the centre-half duo were in fine form, restricting Cleator Moor to few clear chances.

The best chance for the home side in the first half came when a cross was headed over from the edge of the six-yard box.

The final chance of the first half saw White curl a free kick towards the near post, but the Celtic keeper was out sharply to collect and Heys went into the break 1-0 ahead.

Wilson-Heyes had the first chance of the second half, a low shot that was palmed away, but the home side were enjoying a better spell.

They almost grabbed an equaliser when Heys were dispossessed in midfield, and opened up by Celtic’s smart passing move on their left flank, before the final shot was wide.

Five minutes later, Tom Mahone blasted over for Cleator Moor as Heys’ normally crisp passing game stuttered.

But, moments after a Carl Fitton cross just evaded Lee Grimshaw, Heys doubled their lead. Lee Bruce forced a corner and, after White floated the ball into the box Grimshaw’s header found the top corner.

Brad Sixsmith then made his Heys debut, replacing Wilson-Heyes, before the visitors went 3-0 up, Bruce laying the ball in for Grimshaw whose shot found the net with home defenders scrambling to clear.

Celtic continued to battle, Stuart Smith forcing a fine save from Callum Jakovlevs and Mark Ayres later having to make a smart interception to smother a half chance.

It could have been a more emphatic win for Heys but after Brad Sixsmith’s fine run ended with the ball being nicked off his toes, Itela set up Grimshaw, but his shot went wide.

It was, however, an accomplished performance from Prestwich as they saw out the win that ends their three-game run of trips to Cumbria, with nearly 750 miles on the road in a week.

Heys returned home on Tuesday night to take on Nelson and will have been disappointed to only take a point from a 1-1 draw.

The visitors took the lead on 13 minutes, Gaz Hill scoring with a deft header.

But, at the midway point of the first half Lee Bruce levelled, showing neat footwork to evade his marker and steer the ball into the bottom corner.

Nelson’s Charlie Lloyd was sent off shortly after for bringing down Grimshaw as he was homing in on goal, but Heys could not make the extra man count.

With Nelson dogged in defence the best chances fell to Grimshaw, Darius Photiou and Sixsmith but a combination of wayward finishing, defenders’ blocks and good saves from the keeper ensured the match ended 1-1.

Heys are back on the road on Saturday when they go to Padiham. Kick off is 3pm.