PRESTWICH Heys' reign as Hallmark Security League First Division Cup holders was ruthlessly brought to an end by Barnton at Adie Moran Park in the second round as they went down 6-1.

While the final scoreline may have been harsh, the visitors were ultimately worthy winners as Heys' rollercoaster season suffered another dip.

Jon Lyons and Ryan Hutchinson’s side were last week named the First Division North team of the month for September at the end a period that saw them go six games unbeaten and progress in the FA Vase.

However, October has brought two defeats and this match was a mirror on Heys season so far.

Injuries have been a theme throughout this campaign and this game was no exception.

Jamie and Chris Baguley, Dom Slaven, Danny White and Lee Bruce, all influential players, were missing.

Despite that, Heys produced spells of attractive football but through either ill luck or poor execution they failed to make it count – a far cry from a team that plundered 151 goals last season.

Having won the trophy in May with a dramatic stoppage-time winner against Cammell Laird, Heys were quick out of the traps against Barnton and they made the ideal start, going ahead in the ninth minute.

A ball down the channels exposed the Barnton defence and Justin Pickering showed great composure to draw the keeper and steer the ball home from an acute angle.

The joy was to be shortlived as within three minutes Barnton were level.

The pace of Luke Wilson-Jones opened Heys up and his finish into the far corner, past Calum Jakovlevs, was clinical.

Indeed, the pace of the visitors' front three was a constant threat and played a part in them taking the lead in the 15th minute. Darius Photiou is not often beaten for speed, but he was caught in possession by Ryan Wan and when the ball was worked to Samuel Houghton, his shot, with the aid of a deflection, ended up in the bottom corner.

Theodore Kidd tested Barnton keeper Aaron Lyons with a shot shortly after and Pickering landed a free kick on the top of the net as Heys looked for a way back but much of their play was laboured.

They paid the price in the 34th minute as Barnton increased their lead when Wilson-Jones drove in a deep cross and Ryan Malone nipped in behind everyone to steer home at the far post.

Only a block on the line by Danny Warburton prevented Lee Guirado adding a fourth before the interval as Heys' malaise continued.

After the break though, Heys upped their game and Lyons struggled to hold a Pickering shot and was grateful to his defence for clearing the danger before Kidd almost stole in, only to see his downward header bounce over the bar.

Heys continued to pepper the visitors' defence but their luck was out as Jacob Holt saw a header come off the bar before Lyons saved superbly from Jordan Icely’s follow up shot.

But in the 74th minute Barnton scored again to all but end the contest.

Wilson-Jones broke into box and although Jakovlevs got a hand to his chip shot, the ball fell kindly to Guirado to tap into the empty net.

Icely went close with a shot and Lyons pulled off a smart save after a good run by Rio Wilson-Heyes but the stark contrast between the sides was ruthlessly rammed home with two further goals for Barnton in stoppage time.

Firstly, Heys failed to deal with a bouncing ball in their box and while Jake Wood and Mark Ayres struggled to react Guirado volleyed home from 12 yards.

A minute later it was six as Malone ghosted through the remnants of the home defence to tuck the ball into the bottom corner and complete a sobering defeat for Heys.

Heys host Garforth Town in the FA Vase first round on Saturday (3pm) and then host Atherton LR in the league on Tuesday (7.45pm), subject to there being no FA Vase replay.