Local News for Friday 8th April 2016

Football season starts
The highly anticipated 2016 island football season kicks off tonight with the Tech Mobile-sponsored Acres Boys Club Cup. The only first round fixture to be played will be Back V Westside
, kicking off at 6.30pm, the Stornoway United V Carloway match postponed as the Goathill pitch is unplayable.
That match has been rearranged for next Wednesday, 13th April, with the Westside v Carloway league match scheduled for that night moving to Monday 25th  April.



Trading Standards warn on car parts
Trading Standards are urging caution for anyone buying replacement parts for vehicles online or by post.  This follows concerns raised about businesses specialising in reconditioned and/or second hand engines. Customers of these businesses are being enticed with cheap deals on the internet. In many cases, the parts being supplied are not reconditioned as advertised; not from the model or year of vehicle described; turn out to only be smaller parts of a larger item; and are not of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose. Customers who opt for a fitting service as part of their contract have been experiencing significant delays to the promised repair service and, in some cases, finding that their vehicles, or components from them, have been kept without their consent. Fiona Richardson, Chief Officer for Trading Standards Scotland said "When making large purchases, it is always advisable to carry out some basic research.  Prospective customers should check that any business dealing in second hand goods is licensed to do so by the local authority in which they are based. Always shop around, but bear in mind that finding the cheapest deal should not be the only criterion. Making payments for contracts of over £100 by credit card can afford consumers and small businesses additional protection. Anyone seeking advice can contact the Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 04 05 06."
 
Deadline for Pentland Road 10k and 5k
The deadline is today if you wish to participate in next week’s Macleod and Macleod Pentland Road 10k and 5k event, the fastest run in the west. Organised by Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, the race is sociably held on a Friday evening, next Friday April 15th, with a barbecue after the event for runners and supporters. You can enter online via the SRAC website.
 
Coves Climb opens
And registration opened yesterday for any cove who would like to join in Coves Climb the Clisham, organised by the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.  The 'Men Only' event will be held on Saturday 30th April, with an entry fee of £20 per cove and the option of extra sponsorship. Entry forms and more information about the event are now available from Events, Lewis Sports Centre and Harris Sports Centre. Entry forms must be returned by Friday 22nd April. Lunch will be provided in Scaladale Centre after the walk.
 
Rugby squad – all to play for
The squad’s been announced for the crucial last rugby match of the season, with Stornoway Rugby Club away to Shetland tomorrow at Lerwick. Head Coach Angus 'Bubble' MacKay announced the squad for what is certainly the most important game for the club since joining the league structure. A win for Stornoway will put some breathing space between them and the relegation place, however with re-arranged fixtures for Lochaber, Ellon and Shetland going on until the end of May, Stornoway's fate will still be out of their hands. With Shetland far from secure just one place above Stornoway in the league, the club are hoping to see 5 points,  and a league position safety return to Lewis.