PRESTWICH FC are much better than their 10th position in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division, according to old rivals Old Boltonians.

The village side went down 4-1 at home to the Bolton men on Saturday, a result which makes their chances of a third successive title extremely remote.

Prestwich have narrowly edged out Old Bolts in the last two title races, and gave them a much tougher game than the scoreline suggests on Saturday.

"They came out of the blocks flying and if our guys hadn't been so strong they would have turned us over," said Old Bolts' manager Steve Eccleshare who saw his side turn the game around with three goals in 13 minutes just before the break.

"Prestwich are a great side and it's no wonder they have won the league for the last two seasons.

"And in Ash Blake up front they have a top striker. He's a great player.

"The turning point of the match was an incredible point-blank save by our keeper after 25 minutes.

"They were like a wounded animal after we beat them earlier in the season and you could see they wanted to get back at us."

At 4-0 down after an hour, Prestwich kept going and stepped up the pressure when Old Bolts had a man sent off on 70 minutes.

Blake hit post with one good effort and then scored a penalty.