PRESTWICH Heys were on course for a second successive five-goal haul before their game at Ashton Town on Saturday was abandoned due to fog.

Jon Lyons' men were leading 5-2 - the exact same score they recorded in their previous game against FC Oswestry - when the referee called a halt to play 10 minutes into the second half.

Visibility was poor throughout the match but became noticeably worse during the half-time interval, when Heys were leading 3-2.

Paul Tierney scored two more at the start of the second half and the hosts were reduced to 10 men before the weather closed in further.

the game had started badly for Heys after a deflection from Josh Nicholson's shot helped Ashton to take a fourth-minute lead.

Even at that early stage visibility was already becoming difficult, with fog replacing bright pre-match sunshine.

But Heys gradually asserted their authority on proceedings.

Brad Lyons and Michael Itela combined to set up Danny White but his shot went over before the Heys midfielder again went close following good work by Tierney.

The hosts were threatening on the break, particularly when the pacy Nicholson was on the ball, and it took a timely challenge by Shaun Johnson to prevent him going through on goal.

The flow of the game, however, was mainly towards the Ashton goal and in the 29th minute the pressure told.

As the home side struggled to clear from a corner, Dom Slaven centred and Josh Hill rose to head home.

Heys went ahead three minutes later when left-back Carl Fitton seized possession 30 yards out and let fly with a shot that whistled into the top corner.

It took a good save at the foot of the post to prevent Jake Wood increasing the lead before Itela and Brad Lyons both saw shots deflected wide.

Two minutes before the break Heys added to their tally. The impressive White picked the ball up on the left of the penalty area, looked up and then curled a sumptuous shot into the far top corner.

Within a minute, though, Town were back in it as Heys switched off and Mathew Smith broke down the middle to slot home.

As the fog thickened during the interval, officials considered not restarting the game, but they resisted and Heys flew out of the traps.

Itela was denied at point-blank range and Tierney went close before the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 50th minute when Josh Ackers was sent off for kicking out.

Two minutes later Heys scored a fourth. A Wood volley was blocked by a home defender but looped invitingly for Tierney to head home.

In the 55th minute Heys hit their fifth when Tierney steered home from a Wood cross.

Play was finally stopped as the visiting players celebrated their fifth goal and, although frustrating, few could argue with the decision.

Heys have two home games over the festive period, with Atherton LR visiting on Boxing Day (kick off 3pm) and St Helens Town on Friday, December 30 (7.45pm).

Lyons moved to bolster his squad last week by signing Lee O’Brien from Stockport Town.

It marks a return to the club for the experienced midfielder, who started his career at Heys in Rob Evans’s successful youth set up of the early noughties alongside the likes of Damien Rooney, Chris Denham and Marvin Walters.

O’Brien was on the bench at Ashton after only completing his move late on Friday night.