PRESTWICH Heys were left kicking their heels after Saturday’s heavy rain saw the postponement of their fixture at Daisy Hill due to a waterlogged pitch.

After successive wins against Winsford and West Didsbury, in the Macron Cup and Lancashire Challenge Trophy, Heys were anxious to get their North West Counties League First Division North ambitions back on track as they seek promotion to the Premier Division.

Jon Lyons and Matt Barnes’ side are currently 11th in the table but are just five points off the top four spots which automatically guarantee a step up to the Premier Division this season.

Heys will hope for improved conditions this weekend when second-bottom St Helens Town are the visitors to Adie Moran Park in a league fixture (3pm).

Supporters may find some new faces on show with the last couple of weeks, having seen a reshaping of the Heys squad emerging, with players both arriving and leaving.

Joining the club in the past week have been Niall Sultan, Joe Rothwell, Daniel Lambert and Francesco Frangillo.

Sultan joins from new joint-manager Barnes’ former club, Barnoldswick. An attacking midfielder, he will be more familiar to Heys fans from his time at Silsden, where he was an integral part of the side that swept to promotion from the First Division two years ago.

Joe Rothwell, joins on loan from Colne, having enjoyed a spell at Padiham earlier in the season. The midfielder made his debut as a second-half substitute in the recent cup win over Winsford.

Defender Lambert joins on dual registration from Atherton Collieries.

Frangillo joins Heys from New Mills, but the striker has also seen action at FC United and Glossop North End and has doubtless been brought in to pep an attack that has struggled for goals at times this season.

There have been several departures from Adie Moran Park in the past few weeks.

Will Shawcross has left the club this week alongside Shelton Payne and Kieran Sherlock. Shawcross has signed for Wythenshawe Town.

The previous two weeks saw Justin Pickering transfer to Cheadle Town whilst goalkeeper Kyle Haslam, who figured in Heys’ opening-day fixture at Golcar, has moved to Wythenshawe Town.