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    Tain Thistle 1-4 Balintore

    A confident first half performance from league leaders Balintore saw them extend their advantage with a 4-1 win at Grant Park against a disjointed Tain Thistle side.<br /><br />Completing a number of changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Inver on Saturday, manager Arron Christie reintroduced striker Robbie Ross and Ryan Johnston, while also giving Thai winger Ayah Rattanaphithak his first start for the club, in place of Darran Goller.<br /><br />End to end action in the first half saw the first break fall to Balintore, as North Caledonian young player of the year Andrew Ripley tucked a shot underneath Steven Martin for the opener. Balintore made it 2-0 shortly after with a Dave MacGruer strike.<br /><br />Andy Bell added a third before the interval after Thistle failed to deal with persistent attacking play.<br /><br />Making two half time changes, Thistle re-emerged for the second half with Darran Goller and Andy Durrand introduced, adding new attacking options. The chances quickly came through Goller as he narrowly missed a chance to score, one on one with Balintore stopper Ross Henderson.<br /><br />Tain's second half pressure finally paid off when a Martyn Farquhar effort was adjudged to have crossed the line, despite protests from the Balintore bench. At 1-3 down, Thistle could have pulled another back thanks to a late Arron Christie lob, but the confident Henderson was up to the task.<br /><br />Despite their best efforts, Thistle could not prevent Balintore from adding a fourth. From a set piece, the towering Gus Macdonald knocked the ball beyond Martin with deflected header, concluding the scoring for the evening.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie, Johnson (Durrand), Rice, Sutherland, Farquhar, D Christie, Burry, Rattanaphithak (Goller), Ross, A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Maclellan, Cameron<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Farquhar 77<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=393">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=393</a>

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