GOALKEEPER Alex Blake pulled off a string of superb saves to help Prestwich seal a 3-2 victory in their Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division clash.

Super sub Ryan Mulligan’s late winner squirmed under Blake’s opposite number in the Little Lever goal to move Craig Howarth’s team up to sixth in the table.

Going into the game just a point and one place below their hosts, Prestwich flew out of the blocks and took the lead inside the first minute as Darren Buckley’s through ball left striker Sean Haslam a simple one-on-one finish.

But the lead was not to last long. Four minutes later, Blake’s pass out to Buckley was stolen by a forward who fired into the top corner. And the hectic opening exchanges continued when, just a minute later, Prestwich regained their lead through Haslam again as his left-footed strike from the angle found the net after collecting Tom Walsh’s pass.

It was end-to-end stuff and Little Lever came within inches of levelling once more but a low shot slammed into the foot of Blake’s post before the rebound was sent high over the bar.

The hosts were denied by another post on the half hour moments before left-back Mike Kirkley was harshly adjudged to have pushed a Lever player over in the area. Justice was done, though, as the resulting penalty kick was superbly saved by Blake diving to his left.

Little Lever were not to be denied though and their equaliser came from a good header in the 40th minute.

After the break, Little Lever, who had a strike ruled out for offside, continued to press and looked the more likely to score again.

But Blake was in fine form between the sticks and kept out anything that came his way as the Prestwich rearguard struggled to cope with the waves of home attacks. Prestwich rode their luck but, with 10 minutes to go, the Heys Road team grabbed a winner with 10 minutes to go when substitute Mulligan had a shot from the edge of the box that managed to find its way under the keeper and over the line.

The three points moved Prestwich up to sixth in the Premier Division, with just three points separating second placed Castle Hill and eighth-placed Little Lever in a congested top half.

Prestwich Reserves superb winning run continued with a 2-1 victory over Mostonians at Heys Road. A brace from Andrew Morrissey – a 30-yard free kick followed by a goal direct from a corner – turned the game around after the bottom club defied their lowly position and took the lead. However, Liam Morrissey’s men were not to be denied a remarkable 15th win on the bounce.

Prestwich A team beat Radcliffe Town A 4-2 at Drinkwater Park. Daniel Ingham, Tom Platt, Carl Hey and Carlo Balsamo the scorers.