PRESTWICH FC dropped precious points in the Division One title chase following a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wyresdale at Heys Road in the Lancashire Amateur League.

A mix-up in defence gifted the visitors a goal in virtually their only venture into the Prestwich half throughout the entire match.

Second-placed Prestwich dominated but a mix of wayward finishing, superb goalkeeping and excellent defending kept the hosts from taking the three points after Darren Buckley had equalised.

Rivals Hesketh Casuals defeated Old Blackburnians Reserves 1-0 to go top, a point better off than Prestwich with a game in hand, ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Heys Road.

Curtis Ward’s hat-trick helped the Sunday team thrash Duck Club 5-1 in their Millennium Cup quarter-final clash at Heys Road.

Craig Howarth headed Prestwich in front. Duck equalised but Ward rifled in from the edge of the area to restore their lead. Joe Walmsley then jinked through six Duck players before poking home a stunning third.

Ward grabbed his second after seeing his penalty saved before completing his hat-trick from close range to set up a home semi final against Lizzy FC.

Division Five leaders Prestwich Reserves beat Howe Bridge Mills Reserves 2-1 with goals from Phil Byrnes and Danny Jones.

Prestwich A defeated Tottington United Reserves 4-0 to send Craig Howarth’s men to the summit of Division Six North.

Simon McMahon, Matthew Gaskell, Tom Gibson and Daniel Ingham were on target.