PRESTWICH Heys’ winning run came to an end as they were edged out 3-2 by First Division North title-chasing AVRO at the Vestacare Stadium.

After four successive victories, Jon Lyons and Ryan Hutchinson’s team were made to pay for some poor defending in a goal laden first half.

Indeed, all five goals came in the first 25 minutes of a game in which Heys were perhaps fortunate to still be in at half time but one in which they came back well to almost grab what would have been a deserved point.

The clubs are rivals from their Manchester League days and the early exchanges were typically fast and furious, and it was AVRO who drew first blood, taking a third-minute lead when the ball broke for Joseph Rathbone to fire in a shot that took a slight deflection before finding the bottom corner of the net.

Though Heys were struggling to get a foothold in the game, they levelled in superb fashion in the 12th minute.

The goal was made and scored by Danny White. His run into the box was temporarily halted but the Heys captain regained possession, worked some space and then delivered a super curling shot into the far top corner.

Buoyed by this Heys began to enjoy more possession but were then rocked by two goals in three minutes by the home side. Both owed much to some poor defending, with Sam Rathbone unchallenged to head home at a corner. Moments later, from another corner, Joseph Rathbone notched his second goal as he ghosted in undetected at the far post to head in.

It looked like Heys were in for a long afternoon but remarkably two minutes later they were back in it.

The goal was another stunning effort and came from an unlikely source in Carl Fitton, who had scored only once in his previous 93 appearances.

However, when the ball broke some 25 yards out, the left-back delivered the strike of a seasoned finisher with a super shot into the top corner.

Mark Ayres came close to an equaliser but headed wide from a free kick while AVRO spurned chances to extend the lead.

In a bright start to the second period some fine play saw Heys’ Brad Sixsmith shoot just over and Will Shawcross denied a spectacular goal by an acrobatic save from Jordan Latham.

In between those chances a header from AVRO’s Kane Wallwork came off the bar.

AVRO were dogged in the defence of their lead and when Shawcross’ jinxing run put in Liam Healey and he pulled his shot wide they saw out the victory.

Heys wrap up their home fixtures with two games over Easter, hosting Garstang on Saturday on ‘Old Boys Day’ when anyone with connections with the club is invited to join a reunion.

On Easter Monday, AFC Darwen are the final visitors of the season.

Both games kick off at 3pm.