PRESTWICH Heys will look back on their visit to Garstang as one that got away as two late goals for the home side saw them defeated 2-0 in a game they had enough possession and chances to have won comfortably.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, and on a heavy pitch, Prestwich were dominant after a bitty start to the game.

Heys carved out their first chance when Jacob Holt saw a header saved by Will Kitchen in the home goal.

Mike Smith was called on early to stop a Garstang attack, collecting the ball off the toes of a striker, Billy McKenna looking like the home side’s danger man in the opening exchanges.

It was the visitors, though, that bossed possession and territory as the half wore on, Chris Baguley having a pop at goal before Rio Wilson-Heyes went on a great run from a ball played through by Jamie Baguley, but his shot was saved.

A Wilson-Heyes shot was also blocked, Kitchen got down well to push a Chris Baguley free kick away and Lee Bruce’s goalbound volley was deflected away for another corner.

Garstang were never short of a threat in possession, but Heys were going closer in attack.

Wilson-Heyes’ first-time lob landed on the roof of the net, Chris Baguley skewed his effort and debutant Ian Rowlands cleared the bar with his powerful header.

Richard Coar had Garstang’s best chance of the half, but the break came with the teams locked at 0-0.

Garstang started the second half with more gusto but again Heys had the better openings, with Chris Baguley seeing a free kick saved and another effort deflected over.

And with less than 10 minutes to go, disaster struck for Heys as Reece Barrett rose to head home from just inside the penalty area.

In stoppage time Heys had all 11 players up for a last-gasp corner but a clearance saw Garstang break and Shaun Sailor took the chance to seal the in, lobbing their second goal into an empty net.

Heys also suffered a First Division North defeat on Tuesday night as Ashton Town ran out 4-2 winners.

Cup outings proved more profitable for Heys, who booked their place in the last eight of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy with a 3-1 win at home to Bacup Borough.

The clinical finishing of Wilson-Heyes proved the difference. He struck three times in the last half hour to send them through to a last-eight tie at home to Bamber Bridge on December 4.