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Unbeaten Southampton Rangers and Somerset Eagles are looking more and more likely to be playing in the Premier Division next season after third-placed Hamilton Parish dropped two more valuable points in a 1-1 draw with St George's at Wellington Oval yesterday.

That result, combined with victories by Rangers and Eagles, leaves Parish seven points behind Eagles who also have a game in hand over the other top teams.

Eagles notched the division's biggest win of the season when they hammered Ireland Rangers 12-0 in a West End derby at Malabar Field where Leo Burgess scored six goals and Ethan Fubler four in the rout.

Eagles led 7-0 at the half with Burgess scoring four times and Fubler the other three. Fubler added his fourth in the first minute of the second half before Wade scored in the 62nd. Burgess added two more goals in the 78th and 88th minutes before substitute Jerziah Dill completed the dozen with his lone strike a minute later.

Southampton Rangers, who had their FA Cup win over St David's last weekend overturned because their substitute Najiyah Raynor was not listed on their scoresheet, maintained their five-point gap at the top with a 2-1 win over the same opponents at Lord's.

The visitors took the lead in the 41st minute through Khimo Harrison, only for St David's to equalise from the penalty spot right on half-time through Kurtis Minors.

However, midfielder Quadir Maynard drove home a left-footed effort from inside the box in the 85th minute to secure his team's eleventh league win of the season.

Frustration was certainly felt at Wellington Oval by Hamilton Parish who lost more ground on the top two when 16-year-old Tre McCallan scored with a well-struck shot from 25 yards to give St George's a 77th minute equaliser.

Vernal Lambe had given Parish the lead in the 39th minute when he scrambled the ball home from a corner.

The draw for Parish leaves them twelve points behind Rangers with seven games remaining. To be denied one of the two promotion spots now, Rangers will have to lose at least four of their last seven matches.

Wolves were the big movers in the standings yesterday after their 3-1 win over bottom team Vasco enabled them to climb from seventh to fourth.

Stephen Almeida, Tyree Robinson and Matthew Mello-Cann all scored for Wolves in the first-half before Vasco got a consolation last-minute goal from the penalty spot.

The match between Young Men's Social Club and Flanagan's Onions was postponed because of the wet conditions at Police Field.

Quadir Maynard is surrounded by his team-mates after scoring the 85th minute winner for Southampton Rangers against St David's yesterday to move one step closer to promotion (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
How about that: Quadir Maynard looks composed after driving home the winning goal for Southampton Rangers against St David's yesterday (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Tre McCallan (second right) is mobbed by his St George's team-mates after scoring a 77th minute equaliser from 25 yards against Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published January 28, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated January 28, 2019 at 12:23 am)

Rangers and Eagles boost promotion hopes

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