PRESTWICH Heys brought their campaign drew to a close with a 1-0 defeat at AFC Blackpool.

Heys headed for the coast in search of their seventh win in eight games but the hosts hit the only goal a few minutes from the final whistle.

As the teams took to the pitch in strong winds it was Heys who came out of the blocks quickly with the first chance on five minutes, Will Shawcross firing over from Lee Grimshaw’s whipped-in cross.

Defender Jacob Holt also went close but sent a header wide while Blackpool keeper Alex Cameron made two great saves to deny Brad Sixsmith and Jacob Wood.

As conditions worsened both teams found it difficult to carve out chances and they remained goalless at half time.

In a second half fought primarily in the midfield, Heys’ man of the match, Sixsmith, brought another great save from Blackpool’s own star performer, Cameron.

Heys started to get some joy down the left with Josh Youngs getting the better of the Blackpool defence and with Mark Ayres commanding at the back and Danny White excelling in the middle, the visitors looked the more likely winners.

Their best chance came on 75 minutes when John Youngs was clean through but shot straight at Cameron.

And Heys would rue the missed chances as, three minutes from time, Holt – the fans’ player of the season – gave the ball away and Blackpool’s winger crossed for Ben Duffield to tap in at close range past Heys’ helpless keeper, Russell Saunders.

A disappointing end to a good end-of-season run summed up the frustration of Heys’ campaign, with some great creative play let down by their finishing.

A proven goalscorer will top the management’s wish list in the summer but there is optimism at the club and, for many, August cannot come soon enough.