THE heavy early season fixture list and ongoing unavailability of key players due to cricket and holiday commitments continued to hamper the side with Prestwich falling to two more defeats in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League.

The midweek home fixture against early pace setters Whitworth Valley did give an idea of the how the squad will shape up in the long-term as cricketers Sam Holden, Tom Gibson and Mike Hudson all became available, with Gibson shining in particular with his general will to win and fierce tackling setting the tone for the rest of the squad.

However, despite Prestwich still missing two holidaying key strikers, the hosts put in a really convincing performance matching Whitworth in every respect apart from finishing, spurning several chances to take the lead before succumbing to two second half goals by the runaway leaders to lose 2-0.

The gritty determined performance by all however restored the feelgood factor to the club after such a stuttering start. The Whitworth lads themselves insisting it had been by far their toughest fixture so far.

However, missing five players from midweek, a patched together Prestwich side put in a lacklustre performance against Rossendale on Saturday and lost 5-2.

The only positives to come out of the game were the performances of second half substitute Adam Rhoden who’s physical presence finally unsettled a previously under-worked Rossendale back line, and the continuing diligence of David Prieto who simply never stopped running and was justifiably rewarded with a late goal.