Prestwich FC started out life in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division with a slender loss at Rochdale St Clements.

The defeat was somewhat harsh on Craig Howarth’s team as his newly promoted side comfortably matched their hosts.

In the sixth minute, good link-up play between Lee Bushell and Sean Haslam fashioned a chance for Mike Kirkley who saw his effort well saved.

Saints hit back immediately and Prestwich had midfield man Darren Buckley to thank after he cleared a headed effort off his own goal line, with keeper Alex Blake stranded.

But Prestwich continued their attacking threat, especially through Bushell down the left.

On the half-hour, a direct free-kick from the home side clattered Blake’s crossbar before another Bushell centre was bundled behind for a corner.

After the break, Chris Hopkins fed Haslam but the striker found the Rochdale keeper equal to his effort. Strike partner Hoolighan’s free-kick after an hour deflected out to Roberts but the wide man sent his strike over the crossbar.

Just minutes later and Rochdale got their noses in front with a scruffy goal that pin-balled around the six yard box before nestling in to the roof of the net.

As the home side looked to defend their slender advantage, Prestwich were unlucky not to grab a deserved equaliser when firstly Buckley clattered an upright with a header before Paul Taylor’s close range effort was superbly saved by the Saint’s ‘keeper.

Prestwich reserves started out life in Division Four with a convincing 6-2 win over Rochdale St Clements ‘A’ at Heys Road.

Striker Jordan Clegg built on last season’s tally of 41 goals with another four. Andrew Morrissey and Danny Jones also got on the scoresheet.