Tain Thistle secured their first win of the 2018 season with the lion's share in a ten goal thriller at Melvich today. An eight minute hat-trick for Gordy Mackay was the highlight of a first half goal flurry for the Jags which saw them end the first period five goals to the good before they rounded off the win in the second half.It took until the 35th minute for Mackay to open the scoring when he tucked away a long throw from Liam Rostock and immediately after, Murray Mackintosh netted to make it 2-0 with a header. Mackay scored his second five minutes before the break after good work from Rostock and just three minutes later Mackay made it 4-0 with a superb strike from 20 yards out to record his treble. To compound Melvich's misery, Arron Christie made it five on the stroke of half time with a low drive from outside the box which flew into the bottom corner.Melvich fired back through James Murray within five minutes of the restart with two quick goals to reduce the deficit, but Liam Rostock headed home a Christie corner at the other end to make it 6-2 just after the hour mark. Ten minutes later, Christie scored his second of the game to make it 7-2.
A goal for Melvich with a quarter hour remaining added to the second half goal tally, but the outcome remained academic, as Thistle ran out 7-3 winners to record their first points of the league campaign.Team: Cormack, D Mackay, Noble, A Christie, Noble, I Mackintosh, Fraser, M Mackintosh, T Farquhar, Rostock, G Mackay
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Team Pld GD Pts Tain Thistle 6 7 15 Golspie Stafford 7 20 13 Brora Wandrs 6 12 12 Dornoch City 6 10 12 Helmsdale Utd 5 5 10 Lochinver 4 12 9 Melvich 6 -7 7 Embo 5 -6 4 Kinlochbervie 6 -16 4 Lairg Rovers 4 -9 1 Tongue Utd 5 -28 0