LEE Grimshaw continued his fine run of goalscoring form to set Prestwich Heys on their way to a 2-0 victory at Bacup Borough on Saturday.

Heys’ leading scorer took his tally for the season to 20 by giving his side a 72nd minute lead before a debut goal for Connor Smith secured a hard-earned but deserved win.

After back-to-back league wins Heys travelled in confident mood but on a sunny spring afternoon found the early going tough as both teams fought to gain the upper hand.

Indeed, for the opening half hour, the game was largely a very tight midfield battle with nothing to choose between the sides.

However, with Dom Slaven looking lively and Danny White pulling the strings in the middle, Heys started to stamp their authority on the game.

It was the latter who had Heys’ first real sight of goal, firing wide in the 32nd minute before then whipping in a dangerous free kick, which eluded the Bacup back line, but also proved just out of reach of the forwards, who could not apply the vital touch.

On the stroke of half time White was involved again as he unleashed a shot from 18 yards which Bacup keeper Rees Welsh brilliantly saved as he dived right to tip the ball out for a corner.

Heys came out for the second half looking to increase the pressure on Bacup while keeping it tight at the back, with recent signing Kieran Sherlock in particular, standing out.

As they tightened their grip the chances began to come. On the hour a Danny White corner was met by Mark Ayres, but his header went agonisingly wide of the right-hand post.

The key moment came on 68 minutes when Heys management made the first of two substitutions that would change the course of the game, taking off the hard-working Lee Bruce and bringing on Max White in the middle of the park.

The impact was almost immediate as Max White hit a peach of a long ball into the 18-yard box to pick out the towering Grimshaw, who connected perfectly to send the ball sailing over the keeper and into the net.

With Heys now in the driving seat but Bacup still battling hard, the second key substitution came on 75 minutes when captain Jake Wood went off injured and was replaced by recent signing Smith.

Shortly after Jacob Holt’s rasping shot was cleared off the line Heys secured victory. The superb Dom Slaven seized possession in the midfield and played in Smith whose 20-yard shot took a deflection to wrong-foot Welsh and find the back of the net. From that point Heys remained solid to see out a third straight win.

With no fixture on Saturday their next game is on Tuesday (April 9), with Cleator Moor Celtic the visitors to Adie Moran Park.

Kick off is 7.45pm.