PRESTWICH captain Andy Bradley says his side are up there to be shot at after storming to the top of the Greater Manchester League Premier Division following an unbeaten start to the season.

The Heys men came through another tough test at the weekend in flying colours, beating title challengers Denton St Lawrence by 120 runs.

That stretched their winning run to five matches, and Bradley admits their form will have made others sit up and take notice.

They face another tough test this weekend when they travel to former Bolton League side Greenmount, who have had an indifferent start to life in the GMCL but remain one of the favourites for the title.

And the Prestwich captain expects Andy Kerr's men to be eager to take their prized scalp.

"We know Greenmount have some good players and are a good side, so it will be a really good test," said Bradley.

"They will be looking at our results just the same and, like the rest of the teams in the league, will be starting to sit up and take notice (of our form), but that can work both ways.

"Opposition players will be trying that bit harder to beat us now that we are at the top, so we will have to be aware of that.

"It's also too early to get carried away, we are only a quarter of the way through the season, but we are playing well and that's what matters."

Prestwich have boosted their squad further with the signing of fast bowler Michael Finan, who became available after leaving Dukinfield.

He took 1-17 from a four-over burst on his debut, taking the wicket of Denton St Lawrence pro Scott Kirwin for 19.

"Mike's spell really changed the game for us," said Bradley.

"Our opening bowlers did not really get any rhythm going and were a bit erratic.

"Mike has genuine pace and he really gave the batsmen something to think about when he came on.

"After he took their pro, I bowled in tandem with our young spinner Nathan Bailey and Denton never looked like getting close after that."

Prestwich opener James Wharmby laid the foundation for the win with 87, while pro Martyn Walters added 39 on a slow pitch that made it hard for batsmen to get the ball away.

Their total of 236-9 may have seemed achievable, but proved more than enough to claim victory as the ball started to turn for Bradley, who took 5-31.

"It could have been very different," admitted the skipper.

"They won the toss and put us in to bat but dropped five easy catches early in our innings."

Prestwich have a triple header this weekend, with a trip to ELPM in the GMCL20 on Friday and Clitheroe in the Lancashire Knockout on Sunday, either side of Saturday's GMCL Premier Division clash at Greenmount.

Stand, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back from a first defeat of the season when they entertain Droylsden in GMCL Division Two on Saturday. The Whitefield club dropped down to second place in the table after losing by 56 runs at Wythenshawe last weekend.