Perfect home record to wrap up first title in Rectory history

Rectory Rangers celebrate a first league title success in club history following a weekend Mid-Ulster League Division Two win.INPT1716-433

Rectory Rangers celebrate a first league title success in club history following a weekend Mid-Ulster League Division Two win.INPT1716-433

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Rectory Rangers’ 4-1 derby delight against Portadown BBOB cemented the squad a place in the club history books on Saturday by securing a first league title.

However, Tony Bell took time out of the celebrations to confirm his plans for future progress with the Brownstown Park panel.

“I know there has been plenty of talk about next season but certainly my intention is to stay as Rectory manager, if the club is in Division One or Intermediate football,” he said. “There is a real hunger within this group of players and desire to continue to improve.

“They have been excellent since I joined and put in so much hard work over the past season-and-a-half or so following my arrival.

“The discipline has improved, the attitude towards training is superb and the statistics back up the ability.

“The committee give me wonderful support and it is a great club.

“You could see how much it means to so many people to have that first league title.”

Goals by Gareth Smith, Colin Corkin, David Smith and Willie Duke secured success for Rangers over the Old Boys, with a Luke Bush penalty save another highlight. Matthew Donaldson grabbed the BBOB goal.

“We finished the season with a perfect home record, having scored 95 goals over the 22 league games and conceded just 33,” said Bell. “To finish with 19 wins and just two defeats tells the story of our consistency and we picked up 55 points from the final 19 fixtures.

“We had something like four players on double-figure goal returns but they deserve great credit as a group.

“Now they have had a taste of success but there is more to come from this squad and we will go into either Division One or Intermediate football aiming to be competitive.”