Gautschi scores five as rampant Racers run riot against the Kestrels

Murrayfield Racers swept aside Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday to retain their grip on the second place in the Scottish National League (SNL).

The emphatic 15-2 victory left the reigning champions 14 points behind Solway Sharks, but with six games in hand on their title rivals.

The Racers produced a strong opening period, with goals by Joel Gautschi (2), Garry Simpson, Marty Simpson and Michael Ireland helping to establish a 5-0 lead.

Sean Cochrane got the Kestrels on the scoreboard early in the middle session, but Ireland quickly restored the Racers’ five-goal advantage.

Allan Anderson bagged a second for the visitors, but further goals by Ireland, Garry Simpson, Rihards Grigors, Steven Clark and Guatschi sent the Racers in 11-2 ahead at the second break.

Gautschi (2), Callum Boyd and Garry Simpson added to the home side’s tally in the final period to ensure Murrayfield made a winning start to 2020.

The Racers are in league action twice next weekend, visiting Kilmarnock Thunder on Saturday before travelling to face Paisley Pirates the following day.

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