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  • Free week produces little movement in league

    Tain Thistle may have been out of action this weekend due to Golspie Sutherland's involvement in the Scottish Cup, but the four other league fixtures to be played this weekend went ahead and resulted in very little movement at the top of the table.<br /><br />In Dingwall, new boys Thistle failed to take advantage of a table climbing opportunity by drawing 2-2 with challengers Thurso, while in Halkirk only a last minute Mark Reynolds goal for Muir of Ord prevented the same score; Muir narrowly beating Halkirk 3-2 up in Caithness. In two bottom half clashes, Invergordon recorded their first point in a 1-1 draw with visitors Balintore, while Bonar Bridge got off the mark with a 2-1 win down at Fort William. The results see Thurso moved to the top of the table, while Tain Thistle remain unmoved in 4th.<br /><br />Finally, in Scottish Cup action, Golspie were eliminated by Nairn County, their two goals no match for Nairn's five.

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  • Thistle hit with fine

    Tain Thistle have been issued a fine by the Scottish Football Association for a poor disciplinary record during their last 2008/09 North Caledonian league season.<br /><br />The action follows an accumulated 132 points in 18 games across the season with 37 cautions and 3 red cards, averaging 7.33 points per game, making Thistle the second worst disciplined club in the league -- just ahead of the now absent Alness United.

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  • Tain Thistle supporters trust launch

    Set to begin in October, Thistle supporters wishing to join the Tain Thistle Supporters Trust can do so by contacting the club through the website for information on how to join.<br /><br />Members of the supporters trust can look forward to an exclusive printed monthly newsletter sent direct to their door, an annual free gift, members access to the club photo gallery (from November) and guaranteed invitation to club dinners and events.

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  • Golspie to visit Tain on October 3rd

    Following Tain Thistle's exit from the Lindsays of Golspie North Caledonian Cup today, fixtures secretary Rod Houston has arranged for the following fixture, Tain Thistle vs Golspie Sutherland, to be played on October 3rd - the same day as the semi finals.<br /><br />The Tain/Golspie fixture was originally scheduled to be played on September 26th, but due to Golspie's involvement in the Homecoming Scottish Cup, the tie had been postponed.<br /><br />The game will now go ahead on October 3rd with a 3pm kick off at Thistle's Grant Park.

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  • Thurso 3-2 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/thursogame.jpg">Tain Thistle suffered heartbreak in their first ever North Caledonian Cup match today as they fell 3-2 to a resilient and hard working Thurso at Sir Georges this afternoon, after being 2-0 up at the half way mark.<br /><br />Depleted following a number of call offs and players being unavailable, manager John Oliver named a starting eleven which saw Andy Durrand make his first start, while Kyle Oliver, Daniel Christie and Robbie Ross were all recalled to the first team after playing from the bench against Bonar Bridge. Darran Goller dropped to the bench following wisdom tooth treatment.<br /><br />A brilliant goalkeeping display from young Ali Matheson in the first half saw Thistle hold off a strong Thurso attack, before a combination of events before the break saw Thistle take a half time lead.<br /><br />The delayed goal followed moments of opportunity for both sides, with Arron Christie hitting a free kick just over the bar, while Matheson between the sticks performed heroics to thwart a number of chances for the home side.<br /><br />A mistimed challenge from Arron Christie saw the Jags concede a penalty just before the break but Thurso’s Mark Nichol failed to find the target with the spot kick, placing his shot wide of the post, and the events that followed saw Thistle go 1-0 up on the stroke of half time. The goal kick that followed led to some clever exchanges between Paul Austin and Daniel Christie, before Daniel’s brother Arron fed a looping cross into the path of Ashley Mills, who drilled the ball beyond Michael Gray for the opener.<br /><br />Chris Mailley extended Tain’s lead almost instantly after the restart, with a carefully placed free kick outside the box to stun Sir Georges Park. The goal gave Thistle a deserved 2-0 lead but a resilient Thurso fought back after the hour mark to pull a goal back.<br /><br />Despite a number of chances either end, it was Thurso who scored the fourth goal of the afternoon, making it 2-2 in the final ten minutes of the game, after a stramash in the six yard box saw Matheson beaten.<br /><br />Thistle battled hard to retake the lead but a goal in the most heart breaking of circumstances ended the tie on 90 minutes, when defender Robbie Ross netted in his goal, lobbing the ball beyond Matheson to give Thurso a last minute cup victory. <br /><br />Despite the defeat, Thistle can holds their heads high, in particular goalkeeper Ali Matheson, whose outstanding goalkeeping performance saw him draw praise, deservedly, from his team mates and the travelling Thistle support.<br /><br />Thurso will now travel to neighbouring Halkirk, after their Caithness counterparts took care of Bonar Bridge, by 4 goals to 1, at Recreation Park. The other cup results saw Dingwall record a comfortable 3-0 win over Golspie, while Invergordon were trounced by Muir of Ord.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Durrand, Oliver, Morrison, Ross, Austin, Mailley, Mills, D Christie, Lawrie, A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Goller<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Mills 45, Mailley 47<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Morrison 79<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Ali Matheson<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=263">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=263</a>

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