PRESTWICH hit Todmorden Borough for six but were still left disappointed they did not rack up more goals

The visitors welcomed back Martin Kean from injury, and had new signings Simon Gallanders and Matty Brennan in the ranks, but a sluggish start saw the hosts take a third-minute lead in controversial fashion.

A scramble following a corner saw Prestwich keeper Mike Hudson unceremoniously bundled down to allow a poke into the net, the referee allowing the goal to stand.

Prestwich were guilty of continually over-elaborating their play and several chances were squandered before the equaliser finally came on 27 minutes when a typical run by Mike Neary saw him pick out Sam Holden arriving from deep and he kept his nerve to slot home.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men following a bad tackle.

The introduction of Gallanders and Brennan at the interval changed everything for Prestwich with both pulling the strings in the central areas and there was much more cohesion to the visitors' play.

Five minutes into the half, Neary scored an outstanding individual goal. Picking up the ball 30 yards out and running left to right across goal he held off several defenders before cutting in to hit a cracking strike with the outside of his right foot that rocketed into the top-right corner.

Ten minutes later Neary grabbed his second when Sean Haslam split the defence to leave him one-on one with the keeper and to finish emphatically.

Prestwich were absolutely rampant now and chances were coming thick and fast.

Richard Steadman was heavily involved, frequently pushing on from right-back as Haslam, Hill, Gallanders and Brennan all had further good opportunities.

Then out of the blue there was a scare when on a rare counter the hosts had a goal dubiously disallowed for offside, had it stood the game may have become interesting.

As it was Prestwich put the icing on the cake with three more goals in the last five minutes.

First Neary clinched his hat-trick with another fine goal, cracking a 30-yard drive into the top corner having been fed by Steadman, then Gallanders capped a fine debut with a similar goal to Neary’s second, finishing sweetly when one-on-one with the keeper.

It was left to Neary to complete a fine personal display with his fourth, latching on to a great ball from Brennan to round the keeper and slot into the empty net.