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  • Thistle soundly beaten by Rocks

    An ailing Tain Thistle side were soundly beaten by a strong amateur Black Rock side this Tuesday evening, by 5 goals to nil. <br /><br />Black Rock Rovers, now playing in the Ross-shire Amateur league, have boosted their squad with a number of experienced North Caledonian league players, as well as amateurs from Highland League strugglers, Brora Rangers, proving more than a match for the summer welfare side of Tain.<br /><br />Thistle's assistant manager and goalkeeper Steven Martin was still recovering from an ankle ligament injury before the game, and was therefore replaced by David Crombie in goal. Former Rocks man Keith Dingwall made his debut at the back alongside cold-stricken stalwart James Rice, with youngsters Andy Durrand and Martyn Farquhar manning the flanks. A last minute four of Daniel Christie, Bob Swann, Liam Rostock and Darran Goller made the midfield, before Michael Brand's early inclusion, replacing Swann, with a front line of Calum Macdonald and Robbie Ross completing a 4-4-2.<br /><br />Wearing all white, Thistle had the first chance of the game when Ross was clean through on Grant Robertson, but saw his long range effort sail into the keeper's hands. At the break however, Rocks went in 2-0 up, with a goalmouth scramble and an unfortunate deflection off Thistle right back Andy Durrand giving the visitors goals.<br /><br />Kraig Vass's side did enough to thwart a turn in possession in the second half, with substitutes Paul Cowie, Lewis Montgomery and Craig Nimmons getting involved, before adding a further three in the final ten minutes of the game, Tain's weakness on the wings being exploited to the full.<br /><br />The defeat shows a marked improvement in Black Rock Rovers, but highlights a number of concerns for Thistle manager Arron Christie, with only ten days to go before the club's League Cup 1st Round tie with Inver, at Grant Park.

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