PRESTWICH climbed to eighth place in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League on Saturday with a 7-1 home drubbing of Castle Hill.

The hosts welcomed back Steve Murty and Sean Haslam from injury, and although the latter only lasted 38 minutes before limping off, it proved to be enough time for him to bag a brace and have one disallowed while Murty ran riot all afternoon, helping himself to a hat-trick in the process.

Prestwich took the lead in the second minute when Haslam swept home a Mike Neary corner from close range, and was unlucky to see a second effort controversially disallowed.

The hosts doubled their lead on 27 minutes with Neary again the provider and Murty planting a shot firmly into the right-hand corner.

Haslam blasted home the third with a smart turn and shot from eight yards before a recurrence of an injury forced him off.

Castle Hill grabbed a goal back before the break when keeper Mike Hudson rushed out of his goal only to see a Castle Hill player nod into an empty net.

And the visitors started to enjoy more possession in the Prestwich half during the second period.

They were awarded a penalty for a foul by Richard Steadman but the spot kick struck the post.

The scare galvanized Prestwich and signalled the start of a four-goal onslaught with Murty the main protagonist.

He converted a penalty on the hour mark before Dave Thompson added a fifth with a tremendous turn and shot from an acute angle.

Neary followed up with his own delightful chipped goal on 75 minutes before Murty completed the rout in the final minute.