On the back of two friendly wins, Tain Thistle now prepare to meet Jimmy Patullo's Invergordon Social Club side this Saturday in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup 1st Round. The team will no doubt want to make amends for last season's 5-1 drubbing against Inver on the opening day of the season in the same competition, having brought together virtually the same squad as last year.<br /><br />Assistant boss Steven Martin is expected to take charge of the game while manager Arron Christie remains on duty with Brora Rangers. <br /><br /><i>"We have a strong team going into this game but we wont have the depth we want until Michael Brand regains fitness and we can reintroduce Garry Perks and Liam Rostock in June."<br /><br />"We'll hopefully have Daniel (Christie), James Rice and Colin Burry back in the fold this Saturday, strengthening from our side that played against Vertex."</i><br /><br />Thistle and the Social Club enjoyed two highly competitive cup ties last season; the Invergordon side knocking Tain out of the Pattison Cup after a frenzied penalty shoot-out in Tain, before a 92nd minute Robbie Ross goal secured a 3-2 win and Thistle's place in the Cordiner Cup final three weeks later at Invergordon.<br /><br />Tain Thistle and Invergordon Social Club's detailed head-to-head history can be viewed here:<br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/opponent.php?opp=7">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/opponent.php?opp=7</a><br /><br />The game takes place this Saturday, May 1st with a 3pm kick off at Tain's Grant Park.
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