Win helps ease relegation fears

Tane Scott tees for Rutland Rangers' leveller against Alconbury
Tane Scott tees for Rutland Rangers' leveller against Alconbury
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Rutland Rangers 2 Alconbury 1

RUTLAND Rangers won a vital six pointer to ease themselves further from the relegation zone in the Peterborough League’s top flight.

Tane Scott kept up his record of scoring in every game he’s played for Rangers since joining at Christmas and Nathan Arkle struck the winner from the spot midway through the second half. The visitors had opened the scoring converting a first half corner.

Rangers boss Andy Saddington said: “It was not the best of games but it’s an important three points.

“If we had lost it they would have been within one point of us. As it is we have opened up a bit of gap between ourselves and the bottom.”

Scott’s goal was a well struck shot from just inside the box, which curled into the far top corner.

“He has never failed to score for us,” said Saddington. “They almost came back before we scored the second. Then it was a case of shutting up shop.”

Rangers were awarded their penalty when Richard Nelson was on the end of pushing and shoving in the box.

Neil Smith had a good late chance for Rangers after Alconbury had been reduced to 10 men.

Saddington, whose side are edging towards mid-table safety, said: “It was a good result when you think we had a few players missing, including ex-premier league players.

“It is still quite tight, especially with the bottom two winning. The main thing is beating the teams below us.”

Rangers: Collin, Welbourne (Simpson), Nelson, Ward, Flavell, Mayer, Arkle, Cooper, Dickenson, Steele (Smith), Scott.