PRESTWICH claimed back-to-back wins for the first time in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League this week.

With the first team almost back to full strength, the Radcliffe Road men followed a 5-0 midweek win at Rochdale St Clements with a 3-1 away victory at Blackrod Town on Saturday.

Prestwich produced their most impressive performance to date to defeat the third-placed Bolton outfit.

The hosts were well on top in the early exchanges with only some desperate defending by the rearguard of keeper Mike Hudson, Joel Hudson, Tom Styles, Richard Steadman and Andy Davies keeping the scores level.

Gradually though Prestwich got a foothold in the game playing some good football on a poor playing surface and took the lead when Sean Haslam made a typical surge into the Blackrod box forcing a foul and penalty, which he converted confidently.

Haslam doubled the tally on the half hour with another superbly executed strike.

With Connor Hart and Darren Buckley pulling the strings in the middle, Prestwich increased their lead to 3-0 before the break with a beautifully worked goal.

A neat passing move down the left saw Haslam link up with the overlapping left-back Hudson. Hudson lofted a cross to the back post where Mike Neary headed into the net.

Blackrod pulled a goal back in the second half but Prestwich held firm to claim the three points.

Prestwich proved too much for Rochdale last Wednesday with the visitors dominating proceedings from the start.

Having spurned several chances to take the lead, the breakthrough came after 16 minutes.

A long punt down the middle from keeper Hudson saw debutante Adam Rhoden out-muscle the centre half and unleash a dipping shot that flew into the top left corner giving the keeper no chance.

Rhoden’s power and strength continued to upset the Dale defence and he repeated the feat just before half time, this time with a smart turn and powerful shot from wider and closer to goal.

Prestwich added three further second half goals to complete the rout, with Haslam coming to the fore coolly slotting home from the edge of the box having worked the space himself, and then converting a penalty he also earned. David Prieto added the final goal from close range to seal a good solid all-round performance.