CHRIS Baguley fired a hat-trick as Heys cruised into the last 16 of the Macron Cup with a comfortable victory over Cleator Moor Celtic at Adie Moran Park.

The Heys player-coach scored with two superb finishes, either side of a successful penalty, to score his side’s first three goals.

Lee Bruce and Max White then got on the scoresheet as the Cumbrians were put to the sword.

The manner of victory would have pleased Heys managers Jon Lyons and Ryan Hutchinson, particularly the second-half showing in which their team produced some slick passing football that bordered on the sublime.

The hosts were quickly out of the traps with Michael Itela getting in behind the visitors’ defence only to see his angled shot go wide of the far post.

But Heys’ control was rewarded in the 12th minute with a super strike.

White showed great skill out wide, cheekily nutmegging the visitors’ full-back before rolling the ball across goal, where Bruce stepped over the ball to allow the advancing Chris Baguley to slot low into the bottom corner.

The scorer was at the heart of everything and very nearly delivered a spectacular second goal when he tried a shot from halfway that had the Cleator Moor keeper Craig Rule scurrying to gather.

White then sent a free kick wide as Heys continued to press with almost alarming ease.

Celtic almost levelled when a cross into the box picked out Brad Tatton who flashed a header over.

A great save by keeper Michael Smith then kept Heys in front as he dropped sharply to keep out a first-time shot from Tatton.

But, after Chris Baguley and Hensley Mills had both fired over the crossbar, Heys increased their lead.

Full back Darius Photiou burst into the box and was unceremoniously upended by Rule.

From the resulting spot kick Chris Baguley scored to put Heys in the driving seat.

Celtic came out for the second half with purpose, with Craig Dunn firing a sharp shot just over.

Their hopes of a comeback were well and truly put to bed as Chris Baguley completed his hat-trick.

After a patient build-up, the midfielder collected the ball just outside the box and created the space for himself to curl a deft shot, into the far corner.

Mills was denied by a great save, low down by Rule and substitute Justin Pickering fired just over as Heys looked to ram home their superiority.

Twenty minutes from time some superb passing and movement culminated in White breaking into the box.

His low shot was tipped on to the post by Rule but, following in, Bruce scooped the loose ball into the roof of the net.

Five minutes later, White was rewarded for his endeavours. Jamie Baguley and Mills exchanged passes before playing in White to steer a deft shot into the far corner to seal victory that sets up a third-round tie at Nelson on December 8.

Heys followed up that win with a 3-1 victory at home to Bacup Borough on Tuesday night, Rio Wilson-Heyes hitting a second-half hat-trick.

Now seventh in the Hallmark Security League First Division North, Heys return to league action on Saturday with a tricky trip to Garstang.

Kick off is 3pm.