PRESTWICH side Bury Amateurs are plotting a raid on the Manchester League Premier Division.

Bury Amateurs, who despite playing at Cams Lane in Radcliffe but insist their roots are in Prestwich, are the runaway leaders in Division One and they are confident they can more than hold their own at the next level.

They have a 100 per cent away record in the league this season and have only dropped 10 points at home.

Their average age is around 22 and, after stepping up from the Lancashire Amateur League, they have not looked back.

A Kenyon Cup final with Little Lever SC awaits later this season while the team also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup.

And joint-manager Mike Kosub, who works alongside Dennis Hickford in the dugout, believes the success can continue for a few years yet.

“I suppose we have overachieved this season and we are punching above our weight a bit but we are enjoying the ride,” said Kosub, who has been involved with the club for the last two years.

“It has been a real team effort and we don’t rely on one or two individuals.

“We hope to get promotion this season and, with one or two little additions, I think we can do well in the Premier.

“Dukinfield went up last season and are going for the title now so they show what can be achieved.

“We beat Premier Division side Elton Vale in the Kenyon Cup and drew with Walshaw in a friendly so we are in decent shape if we went up.”

The Ammies will make improvement to their Cams Lane base should they reach the top tier, but their ground does meet the criteria either way.

“We are light years behind other clubs in terms of facilities but we plan to do lots of work in the summer and coming years,” said Kosub.

“We have signed a 25-year lease to play here so we are here for the long term.”

Kosub’s men could supersede traditional rivals Prestwich Heys next season, with the Sandgate Road side in danger of being relegated, and the manager says their traditional home is Prestwich.

“We are a Prestwich club,” said Kosub. “We have 16 junior teams that play in the area and, after every game, we all pile back to Prestwich Cricket Club for drinks.

“It would be something to overtake Heys in the league, that’s for sure.”