Eight teams competed in the weekend's North Caledonian league fixtures. The game of the day was at Golspie, as the Sutherland side played host to title hopefuls Halkirk United. Alex Bone gave Golspie an early 1-0 lead before the Caithness side levelled through Colin Sinclair mid way through the first half. In the end, only an Adam Sutherland strike would seperate the sides; the Halkirk man making it 2-1 with three minutes to go.
League leaders Thurso required a penalty to beat Invergordon in an unlikely result; Mark Nichol scoring the all important set piece in a narrow 1-0 victory at the Recreation Grounds.
In other action, Dingwall Thistle got the better of Fort William by the odd goal in five at Claggan Park, while Ewan Dance added to his season's tally with a superb hat trick at Bonar Bridge, giving his Muir of Ord side a handsome 4-0 win.
The complete results are as follows:
Invergordon 0-1 Thurso
Bonar Bridge 0-4 Muir of Ord Rovers
Golspie Sutherland 1-2 Halkirk Utd
Fort William Res. 2-3 Dingwall Thistle
Balintore and Tain Thistle were not scheduled to play.
The second pre-season meeting of Tain Thistle FC's welfare football committee took place last night, with matters of registration and sponsorship discussed.
Messrs Niall Harkiss and Dale Finlayson were re-elected as Chairman and Club Secretary, respectively, while Mr John Dyer was proposed and seconded as the treasurer for the club's welfare campaign.
Following the club's registration for this year's Ross-shire Welfare League, the club committee also unanimously voted to enter the Highland Welfare Cup -- a first for Tain.
The office bearers also acknowledged support from Zzzing!!! Recording Company as a multiple match sponsor and Sunflowers Cafe as the season's match ball sponsor.
In attendance were Mr N Harkiss, Mr D Finlayson, Mr I Christie, Mr G Macrae, Mr N Macangus, Mr B Patullo, Mr A Murray, Mr S Martin, Mr J Dyer and Mr J Rice. Apologies from Mr A Forsyth.
Ross-shire Welfare league champions Tain Thistle have registered their participation in the 2010 campaign, joined by Balintore, Inver, Ross Club, Alness Athletic, Cromarty, Invergordon Social Club and newcomers Dingwall Vertex. Former members The Sutor Inn did not re-enter.
The Jags will be looking to defend both the Ross-shire league title and their Cordiner Cup trophy this summer.
The management committee of the North Caledonian FA met last night to discuss matters arising during the current season, covering issues of player registration and remaining fixtures.
League secretary Rod Houston announced fixtures for the remainder of the season, which will see Tain Thistle travel to Golspie Sutherland on Saturday, April 10th before the evening of Wednesday April 28th, when Tain will host Muir of Ord Rovers for their final game. An updated list of fixtures is available here.
In other news, Tain Thistle and Invergordon were both fined £200 for failure to fulfill fixtures.
The North Caledonian FA office bearers also announced that they would rewrite the league constitution following the close of the season.
Bonar Bridge avenged their early season defeat at Grant Park today, with a narrow 1-0 win over rivals Tain Thistle. A single goal from Barry Duncanson was enough to separate the sides following the dismissal of Bonar's Billy Ferries early in the game.
Match report to follow.
The weekend saw only two league fixtures fulfilled in the North Caledonian league. Fort William Reserves recorded their first league win in spectacular fashion with an 8-1 thrashing of 6th placed Balintore, while Dingwall dumped Invergordon 6-0.
The match scheduled between Halkirk Utd and Tain Thistle was off, with the points awarded to Halkirk.