PRESTWICH FC claimed their first victory since securing promotion to the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division after winning 1-0 at Horwich St Mary’s Victoria.

Aldair Victorano’s ninth-minute goal settled the encounter and helped Prestwich climb up to 10th place in the table.

The ball was worked up to the striker on the edge of the box by Mike Neary and he took advantage of a slip by his marker to prod a low shot past the keeper.

It was the first time Prestwich had been ahead in any game since the start of the season and manager Mike Kosub said it gave his side the boost they needed to see it out for all three points.

“The goal really galvanised the team,” he said. “There was added bite into the tackle from everyone and a real determination to hold on to the lead.

“While there were some really impressive individual performances, the result was all about the whole squad pulling together and working for each other from front to back. If they can continue in the same vein they will be a force to be reckoned with in this league.”

Kosub did, however, give special mention to right-back Luke Harling.

“Horwich played a direct style which was largely food and drink for our back four, but there was one major scare at the end when a flick on saw their left winger clean through on goal,” he said.

“Luke stretched every sinew to make a tremendous last-ditch tackle but unfortunately suffered what looks like a nasty long-term injury in the process.”