PRESTWICH moved up to fourth in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League after a 5-3 win at home to Accrington Amateurs on Saturday.

Sean Haslam capped a fine return to form with a hat-trick, working well in tandem with strike partner Steve Murty, who scored the other two.

They had to come from behind, though, after Accrington capitalised on a defensive mix-up to open the scoring in only the third minute.

It took Murty just three minutes to equalise with a delightful chip from 18 yards, then on 29 minutes his run and cross was met by Haslam for an emphatic finish.

Darren Buckley, ably assisted by debutante Nick Kosub and Aldair Victorano, controlled midfield and helped Prestwich carve out a host of chances but the score remained 2-1 at the break.

The second half was only five minutes old when Haslam found the net to give his side a two-goal cushion, fizzing a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Accrington pegged a goal back six minutes later but it did not take long for Prestwich to add a fourth goal, Haslam converting left-back Pete Gallagher's cross with an accomplished low volley.

Having re-established the two goal cushion, Mike Kosub's men contrived to give further hope to Accrington by conceding another soft goal.

Fortunately, Murty was on hand to kill off the game on 86 minutes, gliding past several defenders before finding the net with a fierce shot that opposition keeper got a strong hand to but was unable to keep out.

The eight-goal thriller followed a pattern set the previous Wednesday when Prestwich lost 4-3 at Rossendale.

Goals from Buckley and Mike Neary sent Prestwich into the break 2-1 up, but they conceded three without reply in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Neary pulled one back with a beautifully struck free kick in the 70th minute but Rossendale hung on to claim all three points.