By David Pye

PRESTWICH FC manager Craig Howarth says his team are ready for the final defining week of their season.

The Heys Road men kept on track for the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division title with a 4-1 win at Howe Bridge Mills on Saturday, courtesy of two goals apiece from Ashford Blake and Sean Haslam.

They are now just seven points behind leaders Old Boltonians with three games in hand.

But those three matches come inside five days next week presenting Prestwich with a tough test of their squad strength.

But Howarth says his team, who were in League Cup quarter-final action against Old Mancunians on Tuesday night, are ready for the crucial last few games.

He told the Guide: “It’s a tough ask but fortunately we have everybody fit so there are 19 players available.

“We are confident we can get the points in all three matches to retain the title.”

First up is a home game against struggling Rossendale Amateurs on Saturday before a trip to Old Blackburnians on Monday.

If they win both, victory in the final home game against Tottington United on Wednesday would seal the title.

Howarth said: “That last game is the toughest on paper against a team coached by Lee Metcalfe who used to be with us.

“They will no doubt be trying to stop us winning the league.”