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THE Welfare League Winter XIs title is now a three-horse race after the Sea Angling Club edged Tolsta 3-2 in a closely fought match on Monday night.

It means the Sea Angling, who are tied with the Rangers Club on 13-points, will probably be champs if they win their remaining two fixtures against Lewis Rovers and Stornoway.

Should the Rangers Club win their own remaining matches both sides would finish on 18 points but the Sea Angling would take the title by way of their better goal difference and head-to-head record.

Tolsta could still take the title but, now having played a game more than both, they now require other clubs to do them a favour.

Kieron Reily, Colm McCluskey and Lewis Mackenzie netted the crucial goals for the Sea Angling as they saw off a brave Tolsta challenge who hit back with strikes from Roy Macphail and Stuart MacQueen.

Earlier that night the Caber clinched their third 3-0 win on the bounce with a deserved victory over sevens winners Caley Auto’s.

Rob MacPhee opened the scoring with a low drive from a yard inside the box in the first-half before Bryan Geddes added a second shortly after the restart from inside the six-yard box.

MacPhee rounded off the scoring before the end with an excellent strike after jinking inside Grant Hunter and drilling home a low shot which swerved inside the post.

The Butchers picked up their second win of the Winter XIs season, and their first in five, with a 4-1 cruise over bottom club Stornoway.

Angie Mitchell was top man for the Butchers with a treble with Willie ‘Mashie’ Macleod also on target. Andy Morrison netted a consolation strike for Stornoway from the penalty spot.

On Tuesday night, Albion dumped Lewis Rovers 2-0 to climb up to sixth spot in the pile courtesy of goals from John Grant and Shaun Macleod.

Meanwhile, Welfare League bosses have confirmed plans to hold a knockout cup following the conclusion of the league. Plans are for a one-week gap after the final round of league fixtures before the cup begins on Monday, April 16.