A LAST-GASP winner from Cory Knight clinched a 1-0 win for Prestwich Heys against Carlisle City.

In a battle between third and fourth at Adie Moran Park, Knight’s winner meant Heys avenged a 2-1 defeat to the Cumbrians earlier in the season.

Jon Lyons’ men entered the contest looking to secure a seventh win on the bounce, but the visitors – below Heys on goal difference – proved tough opposition.

Heys had the better of a scrappy first half of few clear chances and feisty midfield battles, though the game’s first opportunity fell to the visitors’ Rob McCartney, whose stinging low drive was dealt with by Heys keeper Michael Smith.

The best chance of the half saw Alfie Belcher’s superb volleyed effort brilliantly tipped round the post by Carlisle stopper Stephen Townsley, who also saved a long-range shot from Belcher later in the half.

On the stroke of half time, some slick play opened up Carlisle but Bradley Sixsmith blazed over, and the sides went into the break goalless.

The second half saw Heys crank up the pressure but Townsley saved Jamie Baguley’s acrobatic flick at a corner and a goalbound effort from Knight.

Carlisle also threatened and Smith did well to palm away another fierce low drive from McCartney.

As the half wore on the game looked like ending goalless as Townsley pulled off another fine save to deny Will Shawcross, Heys’ strong claims for a penalty were waved away and Chris Baguley was off the mark with a free kick.

Carlisle almost snatched it but Smith tipped a looping shot from Josh Simpson over.

However, with the tension mounting and time ticking away, Knight stepped up to finally break the deadlock.

Three minutes into stoppage time a ball from the right was flicked into the striker’s path and he coolly slotted into the bottom corner for his first goal since arriving from Manchester Central.

There was no time for Carlisle to come back and the win keeps Heys third in the table, a point behind AVRO and nine behind league leaders Longridge.

Jon Lyons’ side remain in the hunt for promotion, and Heys face another huge game on Saturday when they travel to fifth-placed AFC Liverpool.

Kick off at Marine Travel Arena is 3pm.