PRESTWICH climbed to fifth place in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League with a 5-2 victory against Farnworth Town in an entertaining game at Hopwood Hall College.

However, having created a raft of chances throughout and hitting the woodwork three times it wasn’t until they managed to achieve a three-goal cushion that they could relax.

Prestwich survived an early scare when Farnworth struck an upright but recovered to take the lead on eight minutes when Steve Murty made an excellent run down the left.

Leaving several players in his wake he cut in from a tight angle to unleash a wicked shot that the keeper could only parry to Sean Haslam who reacted first to nod home.

While the visitors had a strong goal threat in their attack and a skilful left winger, they were struggling to deal with Prestwich’s high tempo passing game and five minutes later the hosts added a second.

Chris Hopkins made an overlapping run and fed in Haslam on the right-hand edge of the area, he in turn squared to Murty who finished smartly from 10 yards out.

But the hosts were unable to kill off a tenacious Farnworth side whose keeper made a string of brilliant saves to deny Haslam.

He could not, however, do anything about an amazing piece of skill from Prestwich’s Spaniard David Prieto who jinked his way around three players in a packed box to smash a shot against the bar.

A momentary lapse in concentration in defence allowed Farnworth to get back in the game 2-1 at half time.

The two-goal advantage was restored early in the second half when another typical run from Murty down the left saw the ball whipped across goal where it was met by Aldair Victorano, who showed great technique to smash it home from an acute angle.

The result remained uncertain, when another lapse by Sam Holden and Tom Gibson, who both otherwise had excellent games at the heart of the defence, let Farnworth in for their second goal of the game.

Again Prestwich bounced back to a two-goal cushion with Murty once again the provider, this time speeding past players down the right wing to put in a superb cross that Haslam to head home at the back post.

Farnworth were reduced to 10 men and Prieto killed the game off with calmly taken goal from eight yards out.