PRESTWICH Heys return to action at Adie Moran Park on Saturday when they face AFC Liverpool in the Macron Cup third round (3pm kick off).

After successive defeats in the North West Counties First Division North, including the sobering 3-0 home reverse to Daisy Hill a fortnight ago, it’s been a difficult week at the club but one which has hardened the resolve to put things right.

Heys know they will have to improve against the Merseysiders, who are making their second visit to Prestwich this season.

Back on a balmy August Bank Holiday Monday, Heys won a tight league contest 1-0. Both teams had made slow starts to the season, after going into the campaign among the favourites for promotion.

However, while Heys have remained somewhat ‘Jekyll-and-Hyde’ in their form since then Liverpool have well and truly found their feet. They are unbeaten in their last 13 games, having won the last nine and on three occasions in that run have hit eight goals in a match.

Their only defeat since the teams last met was in the FA Vase to Nostell Miners Welfare. Jon Lyons and Matt Barnes will be looking for their team to find their best form and become the first team to defeat the Merseysiders in more than three months.

Heys will go into the game buoyed by a breathtaking performance in a stunning 5-2 win at Colne in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy quarter-finals.

After recent disappointments, they finally hit top form to knock out their BetVictor League North West Division hosts.

Heys were unfortunate to fall behind in the 17th minute to a Max Hazeldine header.

But Heys hit back through Francesco Frangillo’s assured finish and, on the stroke of half time, Jacob Holt put Heys a goal to the good.

Max White slotted home a penalty for 3-1 after Jordan Pendlebury was fouled and, though Colne hit back through Joe Coveney, Rio Wilson-Heyes’ late brace ensured they take their place in the final four.