PRESTWICH Heys were left frustrated by the weather as Friday night’s Macron Cup second-round tie at home to AFC Darwen was postponed for a waterlogged pitch.

Thursday’s heavy rain left the Adie Moran Park pitch saturated and attempts to play the game on Saturday were thwarted as no match officials were available.

The tie was scheduled to be played last night at AFC Darwen, the clubs agreeing to switch to the Lancashire club’s 4G surface to ensure the game had every chance of going ahead.

The winners will be host Abbey Hulton United or AFC Liverpool in the third round on December 7, ironically when Heys were due to host Darwen in the league.

With that game certain to be cancelled, whatever the outcome, Heys’ league fixtures are becoming increasingly fragmented

The re-arranged cup tie meant Heys’ scheduled First Division North fixture at Daisy Hill, due to be played on Monday night, also had to be postponed.

With other games cancelled due to cup ties, Heys face the prospect of not playing a Saturday league fixture, after this weekend’s trip to Holker Old Boys, until December 14.

The league remains Heys’ number one priority with four promotion spots on offer and Saturday’s trip to Holker (3pm kick off) is a key fixture in achieving their ambitions.

The clubs are locked on 22 points with Heys one place higher in fifth on goal difference. The hosts have made their best start to a season for many years and were 2-1 winners at Prestwich last month.

But Heys go into the game with four successive wins under their belts and joint managers Jon Lyons and Matt Barnes will be looking for their side to continue their run and establish themselves firmly among the leading pack.