INJURIES and a heavy fixture list – and the previous Thursday’s draw at Old Boltonians in particular – took its toll on a Prestwich squad that simply could not match a highly impressive Little Lever, who ran out 4-1 winners.

The early exchanges were even with Lever posing a threat on the left and up front, while Prestwich’s main threat came from left winger Andrew Dean.

A Dean cross was headed over by Daniel Ingham, while Sean Haslam had half-chances and Stefan Rapacz blazed one high and wide.

And on the half hour Lever showed a clinical edge Prestwich had lacked as a loose ball was prodded in during a scramble at a corner.

Prestwich changed the shape slightly in a bid to claw their way back into the game but their play was frequently marred by a lack of cohesion and a host of misplaced passes.

After Little Lever extended their lead, Prestwich rallied with a fine goal by Rapacz, who hooked a half-cleared ball into the net from an acute angle.

But the comeback stalled right away as Little Lever responded immediately, scoring a fine third, decisive goal.

Prestwich by now looked heavy-legged and ragged and Little Lever added a smart fourth goal with 10 minutes to play.

Mike Kosub’s men had been disappointed with just a point from their game at Old Bolts in the previous outing.

Tito Miguel had fired Prestwich ahead on the hour mark but the then-leaders grabbed a share of the spoils with Sean Rushton’s late equaliser.