West Coast Rangers can win the Lotto NRFL first division title next weekend after hammering bottom side Albany United 6-0 in their latest outing.
A hat-trick from veteran striker Allan Pearce led the way for Rangers as they showed no mercy to struggling Albany at Rosedale Park.
Already sure of promotion to next year’s National League, Rangers need two points from their remaining fixtures (against Tauranga City and Waitemata) to be certain of the title.
Pearce got Rangers off to a good start, scoring from the penalty spot in the 7th minute.
Two minutes later, Sean Willcox doubled their lead.
Pearce went back to the penalty spot for his next goal, giving Rangers a 3-0 lead with little more than half an hour gone.
Willcox added a fourth in the 38th minute to send the league leaders into half-time with a four-goal margin.
Pearce completed his hat-trick within a minute of the restart, and the result was a sure thing from there.
Substitute Ben Hutter added Rangers’ sixth with two minutes to go.
Game played Friday August 19, 2022
Metro 5 (Tristan Prattley 25′, 39′, Honggyu Han 34′, Jaydyn Englefield 78′, Joe Minto 83′)
Ellerslie 2 (Christopher Kessell 7′, Rowan Corbett 17′)
Games played Saturday August 20, 2022
East Coast Bays 2 (Keegan Kelly 64′, Nicolai Berry 84′)
Manurewa 3 (Jeremias Perez 11′, Nicolas Bobadilla 89′, 90’+5′
Northern Rovers 3 (Rory Turner 14′ pen, David Brown 27′, Paul Rhodes 84′)
Onehunga Mangere United 3 (Osman Rastagar 30′, Gilberto Souza 37′ pen, Abraham Khalil 90’+4′)
Fencibles United 5 (Kees Tweed 8′, Sione Fa’apoi 65′, Josh Harford 67′, Peter Garofalakis 69′, Brennen Priestley 89′)
Waitemata 1 (Arnold Kochasira 56′)
Tauranga City 3 (Adam Davidson 38′, Braxton Fisher-Vanderveen 62′, Liam Molloy 78′)
Mount Albert Ponsonby 1 (Nicholas Hindson 86′)
Game played Sunday August 21, 2022
Albany United 0
West Coast Rangers 6 (Allan Pearce 7′, 32′, 46′, Sean Willcox 9′, 38′, Ben Hutter 88′)
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