By David Pye

PRESTWICH boss Craig Howarth has challenged his team to make history on Saturday and complete a glorious treble in the Lancashire Amateur League Cup final.

The Heys Road men won the Lancashire FA Amateur Cup earlier in the campaign and then went on to retain their Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division crown with a dramatic 2-1 victory against Tottington United last week.

There was little time to celebrate for Howarth’s boys, though, who were in League Cup semi-final action on Saturday.

But they romped to a 6-2 win against Wardle to set up this weekend’s final against Failsworth Dynamos.

And Howarth hopes for one last big effort from his squad to cap the club’s best ever campaign.

He told The Guide: “It’s already a massive achievement what the lads have done this year.

“But to round it off with a treble would be unbelievable.

“I think it would be the first time ever.

“The lads have done fantastic – every one of the 19-man squad has played their part over the season.

“To win the league again was incredible, especially as I thought a lot of things conspired against us with so many games to play in a short space of time at the end and some questionable decisions going against us.

“We kept our nerve and stayed positive and then when we beat Tottington last week, the celebrations started.”

Prestwich came from behind on Wednesday in that final league game with strikes from Adam Latham and Sean Haslam seeing them leapfrog Old Boltonians to retain their title by two points.

It completed a fantastic run-in that saw them win five consecutive matches to wipe out a 13-point gap.

They fell behind 10 minutes before half-time against a Tottington side that had seen their game two days earlier postponed while Prestwich had to travel to Old Blackburnians.

But on the hour, first-team debutant Latham levelled it up.

And he turned provider with 10 minutes to go when he found Haslam six yards out and he scored the crucial winner.

Attentions quickly turned to Saturday and goals from Pete Gallagher, Jason Garside, Ashord Blake, Haslam and two for Anthony Roberts secured a place in the League Cup final in a 6-2 triumph against Wardle.

Now just one game remains and Howarth, who was absent for the semi-final, is confident his side can complete their historic season on a high.

He added: “The lads are naturally upbeat after winning the league and that showed last weekend.

“We know it will not be easy in the final but we are confident after beating Failsworth twice already this season.

“We go into it knowing what is at stake and the lads are geared up for it.”

The final takes place at Little Lever’s Mytham Road ground, kick off 2.30pm.