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Prestwich Heys
Holker Old Boys
A Farrell (10', 75'), M Ayres (13'), B Sixsmith (28'), L Grimshaw (65', 67')
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Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - First Division North Attendance 54

Heys hit Holker for six

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Farrell and Grimshaw lead goal blitz

The days may be getting colder and darker but for the second time in five days Heys warmed the hearts of their fans under the Adie Moran Park floodlights with an exhilarating display of attacking football to demolish Holker Old Boys.

The Cumbrian side started each half of the game the brighter but were ultimately swept aside by some superb attacking play and clinical finishing from a home side who appear to have finally found their best form after a stop start season.

Adam Farrell and Lee Grimshaw both bagged a couple each whilst centre half Mark Ayres and the energetic Brad Sixsmith got on the score sheet as Heys made it fourteen goals in their last two games.

Heys 6 Holker Old Boys 0 (1st Dec 18) by Christina Openshaw
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Farrell has been the spark to this upturn. The centre forward’s strength and movement has provided Heys with a pivot around which others can flourish. Their game has gone up a notch, their passing and movement crisper and swifter.

It was the striker who started the rout here, scoring the opening goal in the 10th minute to nullify a lively start by the visitors.

A superb pass from Carl Fitton, took out the Holker midfield, to pick out the run of Farrell, who advanced in the box before finishing superbly with a shot into the far corner, off the outside of the boot.

Three minutes later, home fans were celebrating once again. Fitton was again the provider, with a free kick to the far post picking out Ayres, who looped a header into the far corner.

Although Nathan Reid fired into the side netting for Holker shortly after, the visitors were increasingly fighting a rear-guard action as slick passing, orchestrated from midfield by Dom Slaven, repeatedly opened gaps in their defence.

In the 28th minute, Heys added a third. Some great football culminated in Grimshaw breaking into the box and although his cross was initially cleared, the ball dropped to Farrell who quickly picked out the advancing Sixsmith who lifted a shot into the roof of the net.

Farrell saw a header cleared off the line and a shot go just wide as Heys piled on the pressure before Jake Wood broke from full back to seize possession only to see Holker keeper Samuel Stephens smother his shot.

Stephens was to thwart Heys twice more before the interval, dropping low to save from Sixsmith and then rising superbly to claw a Farrell header from under the bar.

The momentum was maintained after the restart, a couple of early corners seeing an Ayres header cleared off the line.

Holker though refused to buckle, showing great spirit and might have forced their way back into the game but for Heys ‘keeper Michael Smith.

The Heys stopper dropped to save a Jon-Paul Stanway free kick before best of all, on the hour, leaping superbly to somehow claw a great shot from Robbie Wallace from under the bar.

Minutes later Holker’s hopes were to be crushed again as Heys struck a fourth goal. Some neat passing culminated in a superb pass on the turn from Chris Baguley to set Grimshaw free and the striker took the ball into his stride to steer the ball past the advancing keeper into the far corner.

The red tide swept forward again three minutes later to add a fifth. Captain Wood was the catalyst with a swashbuckling run down the right and onwards into the penalty area, before, in a mass of bodies, Grimshaw emerged to take the ball of his toes and rifle an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

Heys made it three goals in ten minutes in the 75TH. Some great passing, orchestrated by Jamie Baguley, culminated in Lee Bruce playing in Farrell who fired a super shot into the far corner.

Stephens saved low from Chris Baguley shortly after to prevent further damage as Heys eased to a win that lifts them to fourth in the table.

TEAM: Michael Smith, Jacob Holt, Carl Fitton, Brad Sixsmith, Mark Ayres, Jake Wood (Capt), Lee Bruce, Dom Slaven, Adam Farrell, Liam Healey, Lee Grimshaw Subs: Chris Baguley (for Sixsmith 44 mins), Jamie Baguley (for Slaven 70 mins), Darius Photiou (for Wood 70 mins), Mark Baguley, Sven Gibson

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Dominic Slaven

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Key moments

10:00
Goal Adam Farrell scores for Prestwich Heys
13:00
Goal Mark Ayres scores for Prestwich Heys
28:00
Goal Bradley Sixsmith scores for Prestwich Heys
65:00
Goal Lee Grimshaw scores for Prestwich Heys
67:00
Goal Lee Grimshaw scores for Prestwich Heys
75:00
Goal Adam Farrell scores for Prestwich Heys

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75:00 Goal 6 - 0
Adam Farrell scores for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub Off
Jake Wood is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub Off
Dominic Slaven is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub On
Jamie Baguley is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
70:00 Sub On
Darius Photiou is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
67:00 Goal 5 - 0
Lee Grimshaw scores for Prestwich Heys
65:00 Goal 4 - 0
Lee Grimshaw scores for Prestwich Heys
End of period 1
44:00 Sub On
Chris Baguley is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
44:00 Sub Off
Bradley Sixsmith is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
28:00 Goal 3 - 0
Bradley Sixsmith scores for Prestwich Heys
13:00 Goal 2 - 0
Mark Ayres scores for Prestwich Heys
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Adam Farrell scores for Prestwich Heys
End of period
Player of the Match
Dominic Slaven is awarded player of the match for Prestwich Heys
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As it happened

  • Prestwich Heys
  • Holker Old Boys
  • 0
  • Adam Farrell Goal 10:00'
  • Mark Ayres Goal 13:00'
  • Bradley Sixsmith Goal 28:00'
  • Chris Baguley Sub On 44:00'
  • Bradley Sixsmith Sub Off 44:00'
  • Lee Grimshaw Goal 65:00'
  • Lee Grimshaw Goal 67:00'
  • Jake Wood Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dominic Slaven Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jamie Baguley Sub On 70:00'
  • Darius Photiou Sub On 70:00'
  • Adam Farrell Goal 75:00'

Team selection

Smith, Michael Smith, Michael
Wood, Jake Wood, Jake
Ayres, Mark Ayres, Mark
Bruce, Lee Bruce, Lee
Holt, Jacob Holt, Jacob
Fitton, Carl Fitton, Carl
Sixsmith, Bradley Sixsmith, Bradley
Healey, Liam Healey, Liam
Farrell, Adam Farrell, Adam
Grimshaw, Lee Grimshaw, Lee
Slaven, Dominic Slaven, Dominic

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Longridge Town 38 90
2. Avro 38 88
3. AFC Liverpool 38 79
4. Lower Breck 38 77
5. Prestwich Heys 38 69
6. Carlisle City 38 67
7. Garstang 38 60

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