A SUPERB all-round team performance helped Prestwich FC to an impressive 1-0 victory over Lancashire Amateur League Division One leaders Oldham Hulmeians on Hopwood College’s all-weather pitch.

Mike Kosub's men moved up to third in the table, four points off top spot, thanks to a match-winning goal from Matthew Struminski.

It was clear from the opening whistle that Prestwich meant business, assuming the ascendency with some neat passing.

But Oldham showed they had quality in their ranks, and home defenders Richard Steadman and Sam Holden had to be on top of their game to subdue their star striker.

Early chances came and went before the home side took the lead in the sixth minute when a slick exchange of passes saw Struminski burst through on goal. He held off a couple of challenges before planting a powerful low shot across the Oldham keeper and in off the left-hand post.

The determination in the side was typified a minute later when Chris Hopkins was booked for a thunderous challenge in the hectic midfield that could arguably have warranted a straight red.

Prestwich continued to play the better football with Hopkins, Struminski and David Prieto patiently recycling the ball in the central areas, waiting for the chance to release wide men Steve Murty and Mike Neary, who caused havoc throughout with their penetrative running.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, as Oldham's own wide men made good progress down the flanks and Prestwich keeper Mike Hudson was kept on his toes but showed some confident handling and marshalled his defence well.

Sean Haslam and Murty both came close to extending Prestwich's advantage before the break, while Hopkins was on hand to head the ball of the line after Oldham scrambled it goalwards following a corner.

The blood and thunder continued in the second half, with no quarter given by either side but Prestwich generally had the upper hand.

Oldham were limited to long-range speculative shots or high balls into the box, which Hudson, Holden and Steadman dealt with confidently.

But as Haslam, Murty and Neary fizzed shots goalwards they were frustrated by the opposition keeper and Prestwich were no doubt relieved when the final whistle brought an end to a late Oldham onslaught.

Prestwich are due to play at sixth-placed Accrington Amateurs on Saturday.