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J Main (55')
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C Quirk (45')
Mon 7 May 15:00 - North West Counties Football League - Division One Attendance 142

Heys wrap up League campaign with REMYCA draw

Alex Brotherton reports

Match sponsored by Rick and Stef Barrett

On bank holiday Monday Heys played out a hard fought 1-1 draw with Litherland REMYCA at a sun-soaked Adie Moran Park.

As the temperatures soared on the hottest May bank holiday on record, both teams defied the heat, with the help of some water breaks, to produce an entertaining last game of the season encounter.

Heys 1 Litherland REMYCA 1 (7th May 18)
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With Heys already assured a third place finish, Jon Lyons rang the changes with an eye to Wednesday’s LWC Drinks Cup Final and the playoff Semi Final on Saturday.

For much of the opening period Heys dominated, both possession and chances, but couldn’t find a way though.

Striker John Main was twice thwarted early on, as he saw an attempt cleared off the line before the REMYCA keeper made a fine save low down.

Ashley Stott then saw his shot pushed wide, before the referee called a drinks break.

After the stoppage Litherland seemed to take control while Heys took their foot of the gas.

In the space of a few minutes, Billington headed over for the visitors, before McDonald saw his ambitious long range volley fall just wide of the mark.

And it was the visitors who saw their efforts rewarded on the stroke of half time.

Collecting the ball out wide, Colin Quirk, who proved a handful for the Heys defence, sent an in swinging cross into the Heys box. The teasing ball eluded everyone, nestling inside Michael Smith’s left hand post.

With little to choose between the two sides, Heys remained upbeat and shortly after half time drew level.

As Anthony Hall’s cross looked to be heading out of play, Ashley Stott superbly controlled and teed up John Main who rifled the ball home past the helpless keeper.

The game remained even, with both sides exchanging chances. Michael Smith, named NWCFL Division One goalkeeper of the month before kick-off, saved well to deny Quirk a second, while at the other end Main was again thwarted by the legs of Litherland keeper Morrow.

A moment of controversy erupted with 5 minutes left to play, as Sven Gibson swiftly halted a Litherland counter attack. The visitors called for a red card for a professional foul, but the card the referee produced was yellow.

In the final moments Quirk spurned a chance to snatch a victory for the visitors, the score line staying at 1-1 until the final whistle.

The result, although meaningless standings-wise for Heys, will give Jon Lyons’ team confidence heading into the playoffs, having lost two of their previous three fixtures.

Unfortunately for Litherland the result was not enough to crown them league champions, as Silsden’s 5-0 thrashing of Old Holker meant that REMYCA would have to settle for runners-up.

Still, automatic promotion is a huge achievement, so a big congratulations is in order for the Sefton based club.

The season is far from over for Heys however, with the small matters of a cup final and promotion playoffs to deal with.

Heys’ next home fixture is a big one; the Playoff Semi Final vs Cammell Laird. With a 3pm kick off on Saturday May 12th, it’s the perfect opportunity for the people of Prestwich to get down to Adie Moran Park and support the promotion push. The lads need you more than ever!

Team: Michael Smith, Darius Photiou, Daniel Vincent, Shaun Johnson (CAPT), Sven Gibson, Jacob Holt, Anthony Hall, John Main, Ashley Stott, Chris Baguley, Rio Wilson-Heyes
Subs: Jamie Baguley (for Anthony Hall, 60 mins), Michael Itela (for Ashley Stott, 70 mins), Lee Bruce (for Darius Photiou, 75 mins), Mark Baguley

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Anthony Hall

Player of the Match

Anthony Hall

Key moments

Goal Colin Quirk scores for Litherland REMYCA
Goal John Main scores for Prestwich Heys

Videos and photos

Heys 1 Litherland REMYCA 1 (7th May 18)
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90:00 Player of the Match
Anthony Hall is awarded player of the match for Prestwich Heys
75:00 Sub On
Lee Bruce is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
75:00 Sub Off
Darius Photiou is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub On
Michael Itela is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub Off
Ashley Stott is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
60:00 Sub Off
Anthony Hall is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
60:00 Sub On
Jamie Baguley is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
55:00 Goal 1 - 1
John Main scores for Prestwich Heys
45:00 Goal 0 - 1
Colin Quirk scores for Litherland REMYCA
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Prestwich Heys
  • Litherland REMYCA
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  • Colin Quirk Goal 45:00'
  • John Main Goal 55:00'
  • Anthony Hall Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jamie Baguley Sub On 60:00'
  • Michael Itela Sub On 70:00'
  • Ashley Stott Sub Off 70:00'
  • Lee Bruce Sub On 75:00'
  • Darius Photiou Sub Off 75:00'

Team selection

Smith, Michael Smith, Michael
Photiou, Darius Photiou, Darius
Holt, Jacob Holt, Jacob
Hall, Anthony Hall, Anthony
Gibson, Sven Gibson, Sven
Vincent, Danny Vincent, Danny
Wilson-Heyes, Rio Wilson-Heyes, Rio
Baguley, Chris Baguley, Chris
Main, John Main, John
Stott, Ashley Stott, Ashley
Johnson, Shaun Johnson, Shaun
Litherland REMYCA
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League round up

Other Division One results

St Helens Town
Bacup Borough
Carlisle City
Cammell Laird
Daisy Hill
Holker Old Boys
Whitchurch Alport
Oswestry Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Silsden 42 103
2. Litherland REMYCA 42 99
3. Prestwich Heys 42 91
4. Whitchurch Alport 42 88
5. Sandbach United 42 84
6. Cammell Laird 42 72
7. AFC Blackpool 42 68

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