PRESTWICH FC moved up to eighth place in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division after Saturday's 3-1 victory at home to bottom club Howe Bridge Mills.

Mike Kosub's men struggled to turn decent performances into points following their promotion from Division One, but after taking four matches to notch up their first win of they campaign they followed that up with a second straight victory.

Both clubs were under-strength, with neither being able to field a substitute, while Prestwich assistant manager Chris Hopkins was forced to start despite struggling with an injury.

Prestwich made the best of it, though, and were unlucky not to take an early lead when Sean Haslam's shot rattled the crossbar.

They had to battle back, however, after falling behind in the 30th minute when a defensive mix-up presented the Howe Bridge striker with an easy tap-in.

Conceding the goal galvanised Prestwich and seven minutes later Hopkins levelled with a low shot into the corner.

Captain Darren Buckley put the home side in front, linking up neatly with David Prieto and Haslam on the left before striking in a powerful shot from an acute angle.

Prestwich dominated the second half but were only able to one more to the scoresheet, when left-back Andrew Dean used his pace to power past two men on the flank before picking out Haslam, who rifled home his cross from the edge of the box.

Howe Bridge's bad day got worse with a late sending off as Prestwich cruised to a deserved victory.