Rangers hit for six in their league opener

Leith Athletic 6-0 Tweedmouth Rangers

Wednesday, 14th September 2016, 8:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:02 pm

Tweedmouth’s East of Scotland League campaign got off to a disastrous start when Rangers were hit for six by Leith Athletic at Meadowbank on Saturday.

They also had full-back Rudi McLeod sent off, which didn’t help their cause, but in truth they were well beaten by their more experienced opponents.

It took Leith only six minutes to open the scoring, and they doubled their advantage on 22, with McLeod having been booked for the first time in between.

It remained 2-0 at the break and Rangers were still in contention, if playing catch-up, but a third goal in 51 minutes, followed by McLeod’s dismissal in 55, meant the game was beyond them by this stage.

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Leith were then awarded a penalty, which was saved by goalkeeper John Patterson, but a fourth goal soon followed when they were awarded an indirect free kick in the area. Patterson again saved, but the defence failed to clear the loose ball and Athletic capitalised.

Another two goals followed as the home side threatened to run riot, before Rangers were awarded a late penalty, but as this was not their day, Stuart Coyle failed to convert and the Berwick side were left to travel back from Edinburgh to regroup.