AFTER back-to-back defeats Prestwich Heys stopped the rot with a 3-0 win at Steeton in First DIvision North.

The afternoon did not start well when centre-half Sven Gibson pulled up in the warm-up with a tight hamstring, forcing Heys into a reshuffle prior to kick-off.

After a tight opening quarter, the first chance fell to a lively looking Heys on 14 minutes when striker Lee Bruce broke down the right and floated a lovely cross into the box where Will Shawcross connected with a header that went just over the bar.

Heys’ pressing was rewarded in the 20th minute when a Dom Slaven pass found Shawcross on the left, who dinked inside Steeton full-back Joe Mason before shooting low to the keeper’s left from 12 yards to the delight of the travelling Heys support.

After a break in play caused by referee Zac Bamber pulling up with a hamstring injury, Heys continued to go forward with Shawcross looking lively down the wing as they looked to exploit the hosts’ high back line.

However, it was Steeton who ended the half the brighter as Luke Baldwin tested Michael Smith with a free kick before Fred Maddocks went close.

Overall, though, Heys were looking tight the back when Steeton did pose a threat with Darius Photiou and Jacob Holt standing ground and wiping out potential danger.

After a quiet opening to the second period Heys manager John Lyons made two substitutions, who were to make a massive impact in the final half hour.

Lee Bruce and Liam Healey, who both put in a great shift, were replaced by recent signing Cory Knight and – much to the delight of the away fans – Danny White, making his comeback after long-term injury.

The changes had an immediate impact as in the 63rd minute, White’s first touch was to knock a lovely ball into the box and Knight connected with a bullet header past the stranded keeper for Heys’ second goal.

As the rain came down hard, Heys revelled in it, playing a fantastic passing game, making full use of the wide men with Steeton mustering little response.

Heys made another change in the 70th minute when their new signing from Chadderton, James Dwyer, replaced Lee Grimshaw.

Although Smith had to be alert to palm away a shot from Ben Clarkson, Heys continued to look the stronger and wrapped up the game with a third goal on 85 minutes.

A lovely ball through the middle from White found the eager Knight who ran through and chipped the ball over the home keeper from 12 yards to seal the points.

Heys continued to revel in what was slowly turning into a mud bath and thoroughly deserved their victory.