WARRNAMBOOL Rangers face three crucial matches in their bid to claim the Ballarat and District Soccer Association women’s league title.
The Raya Rantall-coached Rangers are second with 36 points, one game behind ladder-leader Sebastopol after 16 rounds.
They have three matches remaining, including a postponed fixture against the Vikings which the association is yet to reschedule. Matches against third-placed North United Black this Sunday and North United White (fourth) next Sunday also feature in the run home.
Rantall said winning the league title was an ambition, but cementing a top-two spot, which delivers a double chance in finals, was a higher priority.
“We’re aiming to get in the top two on the ladder,” Rantall said.
“We need to win this weekend to stay in second place.
“We do really want top but it’s a bit confusing at the top of the ladder. We haven’t played Sebastopol a second time.
“At our home game the pitch was counted as too unsafe. They’re trying to work out a time to reschedule it.”
The Rangers started their run towards finals with a come-from-behind 6-1 win over Vic Park at Jones Oval on Sunday. Isabel Wilkinson netted a hat-trick, Isobel Stewart scored a brace and Shkara Rantall also found the net in the triumph.
But they didn’t have everything their own way.
Vic Park started with the wind at its back and opened the scoring in the first minute.
Wilkinson levelled late in the first half before the Rangers added five more after the interval.
“We were pretty confident at half-time because we knew we had more of an advantage in the second half,” Raya Rantall said.
“The first half was a matter of defending more than anything. Every time we cleared it out it was too hard to run on to it quickly.
“It was a defensive first half but we knew we could get up.”
In other matches, the Rangers’ division one men were clinical in beating an undermanned Forest 10-1 at Jones Oval.
Captain Martin van Rooy kicked four goals, while Josh Bourke and James Coghlan-West finished with two each.
The division two men snatched a 2-1 win over Forest after scores were level 1-1 at half-time. The under 15s beat Sebastopol 7-1 but the under 13s match against North United Black was postponed.