LEE Grimshaw struck twice as Prestwich Heys secured a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 win against Lower Breck in their top-five clash at Adie Moran Park.

In an absorbing First Division North encounter it looked like the spoils would be shared but the Heys striker, who had earlier given his side a seventh-minute lead, popped up again deep into stoppage time to give his side a deserved victory.

The Merseysiders arrived in red-hot form, unbeaten in seven games, during which they had scored 42 goals and climbed to third in the table. However, they were largely second best to a young Heys side who never stopped running, in attack and defence.

The experience of Dom Slaven, Danny White and Jake Wood was invaluable but around them there were some impressive performances from the youngsters in Prestwich’s emerging side, most notably at centre-half where James Dwyer delivered a man-of-the-match performance that helped stifle the visitors attack and provide the platform for victory.

Heys began in lively fashion and were rewarded with a goal right out of the top drawer.

Some impressive build-up play culminated in Slaven feeding the ball to Grimshaw and, from just inside the area, the striker sent a low, first-time shot, past the despairing dive of Joshua Molloy and into the bottom corner.

While play flowed from end to end it was Heys who looked the most dangerous and Molloy was forced into a smart save in the 20th minute to keep out a Danny White shot at the foot of the post.

Lower Breck briefly rallied and their main danger, Leon Arnasalam, threatened twice in as many minutes but could not find the finish to match his approach play.

But the general momentum was with Heys and Will Shawcross tested Molloy from 20 yards before a run of four corners in quick succession saw the hosts twice go close to increasing their lead, Molloy reacting well to block Wood’s shot before Kieron Sherlock headed just over.

The visitors responded with a spell of pressure of their own and it took a timely last-ditch clearance by Jacob Holt to stop Stephen Milne’s deft back-heel crossing the line.

In a frantic end to the half Heys went from almost doubling their advantage to going in level. A great run and cross by Grimshaw picked out Brad Sixsmith but his header was well held by Molloy. And moments later Lower Breck were level as a cross into the box clipped Sherlock on the shoulder, dropping invitingly for Luke Duffy to slot home from close range.

It was harsh on Heys but they came out for the second half in determined fashion, building momentum as Danny White saw a free kick go just wide and Shawcross saw a long-range effort held by Molloy.

Lower Breck came closer to scoring in the 70th minute, though.

A lightning-quick move culminated in Arnaslam picking out Michael Douglas but to Heys relief, his glancing header went just wide of the post.

Shawcross shot wide for Heys and there were some anxious moments at both ends before, in the second minute of stoppage time, Heys’ endeavour brought its reward.

From a free kick, Max White floated in a superb cross to the far post and, amid a clutch of bodies in the six-yard box, Grimshaw applied the decisive touch to grab the winner and spark wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

Heys remain fifth in the table ahead of Saturday’s fixture at seventh-placed Bacup Borough. Kick off is 3pm.