PRESTWICH Heys continued their climb up the Hallmark Security League Division One North table with an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win against Daisy Hill at Adie Moran Park.

After an unsteady start to the season Heys stretched their unbeaten run to six games across all competitions, though that was ended on Tuesday night with a 1-0 defeat at Shelley.

Heys did make hard work of beating Daisy Hill for their third win on the bounce.

At times their play lacked fluency and intensity but in pockets of the game they turned on the style to produce the moments of real quality that ultimately saw them home.

Heys were quick out of the traps and went close two minutes in after Michael Itela had been brought down on the edge of the area, Max White’s free kick clearing the bar.

However, it was the visitors who generally looked the sharper and Heys were fortunate to survive a couple of scrambles in their box following corners.

The hosts finally began to find some fluidity and had two great chances to open the scoring. Lee Grimshaw should have scored after good work by Danny Vincent and Rio Wilson-Heyes, before White shot over after Itela had rounded the keeper and pulled back across goal.

However, their pressure finally told in the 16th minute.

Wilson-Heyes burst into the box and his low cross caused mayhem, with a series of mis-kicks seeing the ball break on the edge of the area to Jamie Baguley, who made no mistake in rifling a shot into the top corner.

When Grimshaw forced Daisy keeper Craig Haynes to save low shortly after it looked like Heys were in the mood to emulate their 8-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season.

But, they never kicked on thereafter. Although largely in control, their play was untidy and gave the visitors’ defence little to worry about.

Indeed, Daisy Hill might have levelled in the 41st minute when only a brilliant full-stretch save by Calum Jakovlevs kept out Jake O’Brien’s free kick.

The malaise in Heys play was brought sharply into focus a minute later when Daisy Hill drew level. Mark Ayres sent a back pass to Jakovlevs that eluded the Heys keeper and trickled in.

There was an increase in tempo for Heys after the break but it was not until Justin Pickering and Theo Kidd came off the bench that the intensity returned.

Kidd almost made an instant impact as he got in behind the defence but his curling shot came back off the inside of the post.

Grimshaw restored Heys’ lead after Baguley picked him out and he lifted the ball over the advancing Haynes.

Heys’ third goal finally gave them some breathing space. Pickering drove a deep free kick to the far post where Mark Ayres and Jake Wood almost fell over each other but Wood headed back across the keeper and into the far corner.

Without ever having been truly convincing, Heys did enough to win, but tasted defeat at Shelley on Tuesday, Dan Lockwood hitting the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time.

Heys begin their defence of the First Division Cup on Saturday, hosting Barnton (3pm). The following Tuesday brings the visit of St Helens Town (7.45pm).