PRESTWICH manager Craig Howarth proved an unlikely star when he came off the bench to set up three goals in his side’s resounding win at Hesketh Casuals in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division on Saturday.

Anthony Roberts broke the deadlock after 26 minutes when he fired in a low strike home.

As Casuals hit back Ashley Hoolighan’s last-ditch tackle saved a certain goal before Alex Blake pulled off a fine save.

After Tom Walsh’s long-range shot was handled, Hoolighan drove home from the spot.

Roberts extended the lead with a carbon copy of his first goal.

Howarth came on for the injured Haslam and immediately squared for Paul O’Donnell to tap-in.

Moments later, Howarth was again the provider as he latched on to Hoolighan’s through ball and crossed for O’Donnell to poke home.

Howarth’s hat-trick of assists was complete as he chipped over the Hesketh defence for Martin Hill to slot in the sixth.

The win moved Prestwich up one place to sixth ahead of Saturday’s crunch trip to third-placed Castle Hill, kick-off 2pm.

Prestwich Reserves completed their 11th successive win with a 6-2 victory over Old Blackburnians A which featured goals from Phil Byrnes, David McNally, Andrew Morrissey, two, including a penalty, Andrew Jones, and Danny Jones.

Prestwich A team’s up and down season continued with a 5-2 reverse at Howe Bridge Mills Reserves.

Prestwich Sunday team recorded their first win of the season as they came from behind to beat Huntley Mount 4-2. Mike Reid, Anthony Roberts and two from Nick Kosub moved Jamie Comiskey’s men up two places off the foot of the Bury Premier Division table.