THE Welfare League grass season kicked off this week with a pair of emphatic 4-0 victories for the Rangers Club and the Sea Angling Club who each soar to the top of the table and a cancelled game handing another side a winning start.
It was a tremendous display by the Sea Angling who played the entire game against Lewis Rovers with just 10-men but still cruised to victory thanks to goals from Don Macleod (2), Kieran Reilly and Lewis Mackenzie.
A much tougher test for the Sea Angling had been expected against a Rovers side who had been in impressive recent form. Rovers won the most recent competition – the Astro Turf Winter Cup – with a 5-1 win over the Butchers having beaten Tolsta by the same score in the semi-final.
Elsewhere, the Rangers Club had a perfect start with an away day victory over Albion.
The Club have been tagged as favourites for the league title due to their big squad and the influx of senior players to have made the jump to the Welfare game this summer.
Ex-Lochs and Back man Alex Maciver scored twice for the club, David Campbell also found the net while an own-goal heaped on the misery for Albion in Shawbost.
Albion had only been a goal down at the break but a squad already missing a few faces were rocked further by a pair of injuries in the second-half and when the Rangers Club kicked into top gear they couldn’t match them.
Also due to be played this week were the Butchers and Tolsta but the former were unable to raise a team and have offered Tolsta the points.
The Caber and Island United and Hotel Hebrides and Stornoway matches are due to take place tonight (Wednesday) and on Friday respectively.
See the Gazette next week for a run down of these results and also the fixtures which take place early next week.
Next week’s fixtures: Tolsta vs Albiom; Island United vs Rangers Club; Stornoway vs Butchers; Sea Angling vs Caber; Lewis Rovers vs Hotel Hebrides.