Rangers Club zeroing in on Welfare League football title

THE Rangers Club continue to power towards the Welfare League football title as their season-long unbeaten run continued with a win over second-placed the Sea Angling Club and a hard fought point against Hotel Hebrides.

Their week began with a 5-2 win over an Anglers side who finished with ten men after their talisman and scorer of both their goals, Don Macleod, was sent off.

David Campbell was the hero of the day for the rampant Rangers with a deadly hat-trick while Alex ‘Tippex’ Maciver continued his hot run of goals with another strike with Kenny Macphee also netting.

On Saturday the Club made the trip to Garrabost to square off against Hotel Hebrides in a match in which they rallied after being reduced to ten men and falling a goal behind after just three minutes when Alex ‘Nibble’ Matheson was sent packing.

Veteran midfield ace John ‘Fuggie’ Macdonald rolled back the years with a vintage display in which he netted a hat-trick, including an equaliser five minutes before the end.

Alex Maciver, David Campbell and John Macinnes scored the goals for the Club who maintain their proud unbeaten record.

It has also been a good week for Tolsta who racked up two stylish wins on the bounce.

Firstly they slammed seven past Stornoway in a 7-1 win with a brace apiece for tandem strikers Alex ‘Chicken’ Maciver and John S. Birthday boy Dave Mackenzie marked joining club 30 with a successfully converted spot-kick while Roy Macphail and Donnie Murray also got in on the act.

Tolsta did finish the game with ten men after Stuart Macleod was shown a straight red.

In their second outing of the week they cruised to a 3-0 win over Lewis Rovers with Macphail again hitting the back of the net and John S and Stuart Macqueen also on target.

On Tuesday night the Butchers picked up a hard fought win over the Caber in Lochs in a game which exploded into life in the second half.

A goal less first half was followed by a second period with four goals, missed chances, two penalties and plenty talking points.

Eric Mackinnon headed the Caber in front before they missed a string of golden opportunities. Biggest culprit on the night was Christy Campbell who arrived two-yards out in the centre of the goal unmarked but fresh-aired a cut back from Mackinnon which rolled through his legs with the goal gaping.

Roz hauled the Butchers level after they weathered the storm before they upped the tempo and began to catch the Caber out with diagonal balls over the top which led to two penalties.

The first was conceded by Peter ‘Peedie’ Macleod who tangled with ‘Buck’ and Nathan Harris rolled the resulting spot-kick down the middle of the goal.

Then Harris was chopped down himself by Don Wilson for another spot-kick which he again converted down the middle.

It was a deserved victory for the Butchers who produced a strong finish to the match after falling behind and were worthy winners.

Island United’s clash with the Sea Angling, and Albion’s match with Stornoway were both postponed with the latter to be played at a later date.

Next week’s fixtures: Tolsta vs Caber; Caber vs Tolsta; Butchers vs Rangers Club; Hotel Hebrides vs Island United; Lewis Rovers vs Stornoway; Sea Angling vs Albion.