IT was a result that will have raised a few eyebrows around the grounds, but Prestwich captain Andy Bradley was less surprised at his side's toppling of the Premier Division leaders Woodbank.

Bradley had targeted four wins for his side to stave off the threat of relegation and, after their defeat at Denton West seven days earlier, Prestwich got the first of those four with an 86-run victory that saw Woodbank slip to second.

"You would probably have to say it was the surprise win of the day when we beat the league leaders," said Bradley, who finished with figures of 6-30 in Woodbank's all-out total of 84. "But, to be honest, we haven't been playing badly. No one has hammered us, we were just needing a change of fortune to get us over the line in matches.

"Before the Woodbank game we reckoned we needed four wins from our seven remaining games would be enough and obviously that game wasn't one we would have been targeting so it was a real bonus for us."

Put in to bat by their visitors, Prestwich put on 170-8, led by Sam Holden, whose knock of 42 took him past 600 runs for the season.

And they dominated in the field as Woodbank never looked like getting close to their target, Bradley collecting his 65th five-fer as well as reaching 1,200 first-team wickets for the Heys Road club. Behind the stumps, James Wharmby snared five catches, the first of which took him to 200 dismissals for Prestwich, who take on ninth-placed Egerton this weekend.

And in such a tightly-congested division Bradley knows there is no room for complacency, especially against what has become something of a bogey team for them.

"We are in eighth and not clear of danger yet as we're fifth from the bottom," he said. "But, looking at the table, we are also just 11 points behind Woodbank, who are now in second. Anyone can beat anyone else in this league so if we were to string some wins together you never know what could happen. Equally, lose a few in a row and you could be in trouble.

"We still have some difficult matches to play, Walshaw pushed us all the way and Bamford Fieldhouse and Denton St Lawrence are both up there so there are no easy games.

"The Egerton game is obviously going to be massive for both teams, especially with them being right behind us in the table. They beat us earlier in the season and twice last season as well so I would probably say they are the favourites but if we play anything like we did last weekend there's no reason why we can't turn our form against them around."