Northern Rangers win on the back of Nick Lanau-Atkinson to earn League playoff spots

MY BALL: Rangers captain Nick Lanau-Atkinson pulled out one of his most dominant displays in his side's NPL clash with Kingborough on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler.

MY BALL: Rangers captain Nick Lanau-Atkinson pulled out one of his most dominant displays in his side's NPL clash with Kingborough on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler.

Northern Rangers star Nick Lanau-Atkinson has overshadowed his brother’s milestone game, slamming four goals past a weakened Kingborough defence.

The captain’s goals in the third, 53rd, 75th and 85th minutes on Sunday set up a 5-2 victory over the Lions.

Rangers’ fifth win of the year also sealed their spot for the post-season League Cup.

Clarence United threatened to edge into the top six following a 2-1 upset over Devonport City on Saturday had Rangers not gained a point ahead of next week’s final NPL fixture.

Rangers now climb two points above Launceston City to join their sixth-placed rival into the cup draw.

The home-clinching win proved the perfect backdrop for Pat Lanau-Atkinson, who joined City’s Aaron Campbell this round as the first players to reach 100 NPL games, to watch his 23-year-old twin do all the celebrating.

NICE TRICK: Ranger Simon Lucas keeps possession from a wary Lions opposition. Picture: Paul Scambler.

NICE TRICK: Ranger Simon Lucas keeps possession from a wary Lions opposition. Picture: Paul Scambler.

Kingborough did equalise on his early opener from a spot after 19 minutes.

But late-season Canadian signing Kwin Kensley had soon after put Rangers 2-1 up entering half-time.

The brother playing in just his 79th NPL appearance capitalised from a stunning ball from Mitchell Jones for a solid two-goal lead.

The visitors not to be undone hit back immediately when late inclusion David Cooper scored their second.

But amid tiring defenders and without top keeper Sheku Kamara, Lanau-Atkinson added a third off a curling free kick while tapping in a fourth of a perfectly-timed pass.

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