The Tain Thistle matchday programme will return for the club's July 4th cup game against Lhanbryde United. The issue will be the first of 2010, having last been produced in August 2009 for the club's opening North Caledonian league match against Dingwall Thistle.
It's been a memorable week for Stephen Bannatyne. The experienced goalkeeper hasn't pulled on a Tain Thistle jersey since January 2009, however any doubts over his shooting skills were put to bed yesterday, as he announced the good news that he is going to be a Dad.
But for Bannatyne, 28, the hands that will rock the cradle will be required to be in catching form as soon as this Wednesday, as he faces a quick return to action against Alness Athletic. The Thistle reserve stopper is expected to take the field for the first time this season in the absence of the holidaying Steven Martin, following a successful spell on the training pitch.
"I'd been asked to play at Invergordon and elsewhere, but I wanted to hold out for this chance as I enjoy training with Tain and I've been building up my fitness".
TainThistle.co.uk can confirm that rumours suggesting Stephen and his dear wife Kerrie intend to name their first born after former Rangers goalie Lionel Letizi, are entirely false.
Player-manager Arron Christie has been hit with a one match ban following his dismissal against Inver last Wednesday.
The Thistle boss will miss the club's visit to Alness on the 30th, but is expected to return for action at the weekend against Lhanbryde, before the visit of Vertex on the 7th July.
In a ragged encounter tonight, Tain Thistle's hopes of retaining the Ross-shire Welfare league fell apart at the seams as they fell to their second defeat of the campaign, losing once again to local rivals, Inver. The list of scorers for the victors read like a "Who's Who" of Tain Thistle's 09/10 winter eleven, with Martin Smith, Chris Mailley, Ashley Mills and Andrew Durrand all netting for the visitors.
Inver would certainly have been the happier of the two teams to see their opponents, holding an aggregate score of 11-3 in their favour this season, across three cup competitions. This, their first league meeting (aside from the postponed match in May) would prove to be no different.
Returning from holiday, manager Arron Christie brought a near full-strength Tain team onto the park, with Andrew Sutherland, Liam Rostock, Martyn Farquhar and the manager himself all returning to first team action.
Inver took the lead during a frenetic first half; tall striker Martin Smith breaking free to score. The young forward struck the ball with power, leaving Steven Martin with little to no chance of reaching the shot at his far post.
Thistle were undeterred however, as they found the net soon after -- Liam Rostock heading in a rebound from close range to make it 1-1.
The game took an ugly turn shortly before the break however when Martin Smith and Arron Christie became engaged in a physical battle. Referee Keith Middleton showed no hesitance in dismissing both players.
Thistle struggled more to cope with the loss of their centre half than Inver did losing the forward Smith and soon the difference became apparent as Ashley Mills had lashed a shot beyond Martin to make it 2-1.
Rostock should have been credited with his second midway through the second half as he finished a clever through ball from Garry Perks, but the referee with his back to play adjudged the player to be offside, disallowing the goal for Tain.
Inver got the break of the ball for a third to make the score academic when Chris Mailley found the net. His daisycutting effort flew in from 20 yards with Martin helpless to prevent it.
The Jags defence all-at-sea, former Tain man Andrew Durrand rounded off the scoring for a much more organised Inver side, as he placed a ball beyond Martin following an error-laden episode involving the Thistle back line.
The loss spells bad news for Thistle as a draw between Balintore and Alness Athletic sees the former, their nearest rivals Balintore pull further away. While the league title is not an impossibility, the uphill struggle ahead will certainly be difficult. In other action, Dingwall Vertex beat Social Club 5-2, while Cromarty continued their good run of form with a 2-1 win over Ross-shire Club.
Martin, Cowie (Farquhar), Rice, Sutherland, A Christie, Brand (Maclellan), Farquhar, Goller, Rostock, Perks, Ross
Subs not used:
Johnston, Matheson, C Nimmons
Tain Juniors' Under 17s lost out in their final home league match last night to Muir of Ord in a double header, following the postponement of their May meeting.
Chris Gordon offered the only reply for Tain, as Muir galloped towards a 3-1 win, despite missing a penalty and having a goal chalked off by referee Robbie Ross.
Tain Juniors Under 15s have been handed a brand new strip this season courtesy of club sponsor MSIS. The Tain boys wore the strip for the first time during their MSIS Shield final against Alness this past Thursday night, winning 2-1 on the night to capture the shield.
Inver sensationally dumped defending champions Tain Thistle out of the Cordiner Cup today, after coming back from 2-0 down to blast seven past their rivals, advancing to the semi final.
With Arron Christie, Daniel Christie, Colin Burry, Liam Rostock and Martyn Farquhar all missing from the first team, with Ryan Johnston, Craig Nimmons, Brian Cameron returning to the starting eleven. David Nimmons also returned to the bench, while Brian MacRitchie was also called into the squad for the first time.
The opener, and the goal of the game came from Ryan Johnston of Tain who gave Thistle a 1-0 lead after only 5 minutes with a 25 yard shot looped over the top of Inver stopper Gary Mackay. Garry Perks continued the scoring before the twenty minute mark, scoring on the rebound after co-striker Robbie Ross shot at Mackay, to make it 2-0 for Thistle.
Craig Nimmons could very well have made it three before the half hour mark but action at the other end delivered the third goal of the afternoon as Paul Austin's deflected effort found its way into Martin's net to make it 2-1.
Inver found themselves 3-2 up at half time following a comeback that left Thistle looking ragged at the back; goals from Chris Mailley and Lewis Ross giving Inver the lead.
The second half continued as the first had ended with a determined Inver finding it all too easy to break though the Thistle defence. Paul Austin added a second before Ashley Mills made it 5-2. A sixth followed soon after with former Tain man Andrew Durrand netting a rebound. Substitute Russell Ferguson rounded off the score with minutes remaining to make it 7-2.
The win for Inver knocks Tain out of the Cordiner Cup.
Martin, Rice, Cowie, Johnston, Nimmons, Oliver, Cameron, Goller, Perks, C Nimmons (Sutherland), Ross
Subs not used:
D Nimmons, MacRitchie, Maclellan
Johnston 5, Perks 19
Since 1996, a total of ninety different players have scored 655 goals for Tain Thistle during their Welfare campaigns. Among them are the one-goal superstars such as the Moroccan Jimmy Abbelour, former goalkeeper David Crombie, legendary centre half Brian MacAngus, the club’s first ever goal scorer Roy Anderson and of course last but certainly not least, Paul Morgan – who is rumoured to have scored his one and only goal on the promise of a bottle of vodka!
But in this article we look at the men who have netted more times than any other, as we present the current All-time Tain Thistle Goalscorer records.
1) Robbie Ross (70 goals)
The #1 spot was clinched by Robbie Ross last season as he netted a record 63rd goal for Tain Thistle, completing a hat-trick against Inver on the 17th June 2009.
Making his debut in 1998, Ross scored at the young age of 16 to open his account for the club, improving every season thereafter before achieving a personal best season tally of 18 goals in 2002.
After leaving for a brief spell between 2003 and 2006, Ross returned to the club as a utility player, playing as a goalkeeper for large parts of the club’s campaign, but still managed to continue his count, which now stands at 70.
2) Garry Perks (68 goals)
Getting off the mark with a hat-trick in 2004, a seventeen year old Garry Perks would go on to score 62 goals in four years for Tain Thistle.
Perks made his way to Thistle as part of the same Tain footballing generation as that of the current boss Arron Christie, goalkeeper Steven Martin and Kyle Oliver.
Having held the club goalscoring record until it was broken in 2009, Perks finds himself returning to the club for their 2010 campaign following eighteen months in the United States on a college scholarship.
With two back-to-back hat-tricks already this season, he could very well get his hands on that record again.
3) Calum Macdonald (60 goals)
Recognised for his instinct in front of goal, Calum Macdonald scored his first goal for Thistle in 2002 under Gordon Burry before taking his place as new manager Bill Russell’s top striker from 2003 to 2006 with 44 goals.
Netting 20 times during the 2005 campaign, Macdonald holds the Thistle record for goals scored in one season.
Adding seven to his tally during the club’s landmark league championship season in 2009, Macdonald now resides in Comrie.
4) Colin Burry (34 goals)
A club original, Colin Burry has scored many a spectacular goal for Tain Thistle since its formation.
Having scored his first goal in August of 1997 during the club’s first ever win (against Dalmore), Burry went on to score goals under every manager the club has had, scoring as recently as May 2010.
5) Mike McKenna (33 goals)
Scoring his first goal for Tain Thistle during their 2000 campaign, Michael McKenna embarked on a goalscoring spree for Thistle that lasted for over two years. Scoring 14 goals in 2001 for his best season tally, he also notched four goals in one game against the Wheel Inn in 2000. McKenna moved onto Balintore but harbours a desire to one day pull the shirt on again.
6) Liam Rostock (31 goals)
Blessed with a combination of pace and dribbling ability, a young Liam Rostock made his mark late in 2006 in a Coronation Cup tie with Invergordon Social Club, before scoring a hat-trick only a week later in the club’s final game of the season. Rostock has become a mainstay of Arron Christie’s Tain Thistle side, scoring 26 goals since 2007. One to score a few when he gets started, Rostock is bettered only by Garry Perks when it comes to scoring hat-tricks.
7) Darren Gilmour (29 goals)
The first man to top the charts for Thistle, Darren Gilmour was the club’s top striker during their inaugural season. Under the management of Gordon Burry, Gilmour topped the Tain charts again in 1999, setting a club record of thirteen goals at the turn of the century. He went on to play until 2004.
8) Arron Fraser (23 goals)
Arron Fraser was brought to Tain in 2000 by Gordon Burry, netting the first of his 23 goals against BT Manpower in July that year. He enjoyed his best season in 2001, scoring 8 goals alongside Mike McKenna for a struggling Thistle who finished third bottom in the league. The striker left the club in 2003 along with Robbie Ross to play for Portmahomack, before eventually signing for Invergordon Social Club and Inver.
9) Mark Reid (18 goals)
Playing only two full seasons for Thistle, Reid’s pace and eye for goal led to the forward netting eighteen goals for Tain, in 2005 and 2009. Reid now plays for his native Alness.
10) Craig Swanson & Daniel Christie (17 goals)
Tied in tenth place are the young Daniel Christie and former player Craig Swanson. Swanson, now with Inver, enjoyed an outstanding season in 2002 after making his debut in 2001, netting an impressive 14 goals. Christie debuted long after in 2006, before making his best contribution to date with seven goals during Thistle’s Pattison Cup winning season in 2007.
Both Calum Macdonald and Garry Perks scored hat-tricks to kick off their goalscoring careers with Thistle.
Garry Perks holds the hat-trick record with 5, followed by Liam Rostock on 4, Robbie Ross on 3 and Matty Rooney and Mike McKenna on 2.
Roy Anderson was the first Tain Thistle player to score a goal, but in fact the first ever goal the club scored was credit as an O.G - on the end of a 2-1 loss to Inver.
Railway Hotel publican Alan Nimmons is as jagged a Thistle fan as you'll find. As a long time supporter and post-match host of Tain Thistle, he was never prouder than when he was able to present the club with the Cordiner Cup (also sponsored by the Railway Hotel) in 2009. This year again, he will watch with pride as Tain enter the Highland Welfare Cup for their first match on Sunday, July 4th.
For Nimmons however, July 4th will be all the more significant, as it shall be a family affair. First cousin Johnny Bremner (a Fearn native) will don the yellow of Lhanbryde United as they travel north to face Thistle for the knockout tie.
After discovering that his cousin's team were in the same cup pot as Tain, the pair had joked over social networking site Facebook about the possibility of the teams meeting in the draw for the 2nd Round and much to their amazement, the club's were indeed drawn against each other this weekend, stirring up an early sparring contest.
"My cousin Johnny moved to Elgin when he was young and keeps me up to date on his team. He tells me that they are top of their league and haven't lost a single game this season but I'm confident my boys will do well!"
"When I heard the news that Johnny's team would be coming up to Tain for the game, I got on the phone and told my Mum and my Grandad. He thought it sounded very nice for his boys to end up playing against each other - I'm yet to tell him that I don't actually play - I just watch and threaten to violate the referees!"
With pre-match hospitality at the Railway expected to be up to its usual top notch standards, Nimmons expects many of the Lhanbryde boys to travel north a day early to take in some of the Tain Gala events before the game. The scoreline on the day however, could play a big part in the post-match festivities!
"I haven't told them yet, but if Lhanbryde dare to win the game and go through, then the drinks will be on them all night!"
A confident Tain Thistle made very easy work of a downhearted Invergordon Social Club side tonight.
Despite being without player-manager Arron Christie, forward Daniel Christie and winger Colin Burry, assistant boss Steven Martin named a decidedly strong eleven, with Liam Rostock returning to a side already boosted by the goal scoring of comeback star Garry Perks. Young striker John Maclellan was handed a return to the side up front, while Kyle Oliver also stepped into the midfield.
Liam Rostock had the look of a player who had never been away as he slotted home with ease to give Tain a first half lead after eight minutes. Straight from kick off however, former Tain man Gordy Oman stunned the away side with an equalizer. The leveller was all-she-wrote for the Social men however as Tain pounced back with two further goals in the first half, from Darran Goller and Garry Perks.
Thistle reached their comfort level at 6-1 in the second half as Liam Rostock rounded his performance off with a hat-trick, while Martyn Farquhar also found the net.
As if Social's evening wasn't bad enough, a series of unsavoury incidents led to red cards for both defender Scott Stirling and substitute Ali Connell, during the second half.
Rounding off the win for Thistle was Garry Perks, scoring a further two for his hat-trick, while Darran Goller netting a second for a brace. Completing a ten goal rout was Craig Nimmons, who saw his looping corner deflected into the net. The Social Club offered a late goal through Sean Broadbent to bring the final score to 10-2.
Martin, Rice, Cowie (Johnston), Farquhar, Brand, Oliver (Cameron), Perks, Goller, Rostock, Ross, Maclellan (Nimmons)
Subs not used:
Liam Rostock 8, 50, 58, Goller 16, 74, Perks 35, 76, 85, Farquhar 55, Nimmons 89
Man of the Match:
Tain Thistle have struck it lucky by landing a home draw in the last sixteen of the Tom Hunter Memorial Highland Welfare Cup.
Elgin based side Lhanbryde United FC of the Moray District Welfare League will make the long journey north to Tain for the tie, having also received a bye in the 1st Round.
The game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 4th with a 2pm kick off, with extra time and penalties required if the game finishes a draw.
(Lhanbryde Utd, pictured below in yellow)
Tain Juniors' Under 17 side lost out to league leaders Aird Athletic tonight, despite a late fightback.
Aird took a second half lead soon after the break before going 2-0 with a well struck free kick. Substitute Scott Murray pulled one back for the Tain side but the Juniors couldn't find an equalizer.
Tain Thistle narrowly avoided an upset tonight as they meandered their way to a 5-3 win over Cromarty at Victoria Park. A hat-trick and man of the match performance from Garry Perks was enough to secure the points for Thistle following a brilliant second half comeback from the home side.
Manager Arron Christie rested Daniel Christie and Kyle Oliver, while Colin Burry was a late withdrawal from the side, leaving an opening for the incoming James Rice and Darran Goller, who was returning from suspension.
A 4-0 lead at the end of the first half would have had many believing that the fixture was headed for the same scoreline witnessed in 2009 which saw Tain run out 9-0 winners. After all, the four goals were certainly the product of some excellent play from the Tain men. Garry Perks opened the scoring for Thistle thanks to a protracted dribble at the near post followed by a shot, rifled into the net. A second from Perks followed soon after, placed beyond Maclean to make it 2-0.
Arron Christie, who had impressed all through the first half as the yin to Perks' yang enjoyed the goal of the game as he lobbed the Cromarty stopper from the right flank with perfection to make it 3. And finally, first half substitute Ayah Rattanaphithak ensured that he was not going to be knocked off the club's top goalscorer chart just yet by chipping in with a finish from close range on the stroke of half time.
The scoreline certainly should have given Thistle the confidence to see the game out in style, however the second half started with a burst of encouragement for the Cromarty men; Ross MacMillan stunning the Tain defence with a first consolation, straight from the kick off.
At 4-1, Thistle continued to look like offering something up front but lacked the precision that saw them score four in the first half. Within minutes, they were caught on the counter once again and this time the Victoria Park men's top scorer, Thomas Nicolson blasted a goal home to pull the score back to 4-2.
Thistle looked noticeably affected by the comeback, now playing without the fluency that saw them breeze past the Cromarty defence only a half prior. Before long, in a moment of astonishment, Nicholson advanced once again, midway through the second half, and took great advantage of a miscommunication in a Tain defence that were all-at-sea, when he lobbed Steven Martin to stun spectators and make it 4-3.
The close scoreline had Tain players and spectators alike wondering just what had happened, while late set pieces and corners could very well have seen the Cromarty equalise and nick a point. Were it not for a last minute moment of genius from Garry Perks, dribbling past the Cromarty defence to net his third and secure the points for Thistle, it could very well have turned out in disaster. The goal marked all but the last action of the half.
The win keeps Thistle in third place, with Alness and Balintore also having won their league games. Alness secured all three points at home to Inver with a 1-0 win, while Invergordon Social Club conceded their game to Balintore when the scoreline reached 13-0. In the only other game of the evening, Ross-shire Club beat Vertex 4-1 in the league's Dingwall derby.
Martin, Cowie, Rice (Johnston), Brand, Farquhar, Cameron, Mackay (Rattanaphithak), Goller, A Christie, Perks (C Nimmons), Ross
Subs not used:
Perks 16, 19, 90, A Christie 26, Rattanaphithak 45
Man of the Match:
Tain Thistle's Martyn Farquhar received the approval of his peers this week as he was voted Tain Thistle Player of the Month for May. The Thistle regular had impressed with displays in the Welfare club's opening games of the season, playing at centre half and in the midfield, while also chipping in with a goal against league rivals Balintore.
Farquhar (pictured left) received his Player of the Month plaque at the club's league game against Cromarty this evening, presented with the award by fellow player Kyle Oliver.
As the Ross-shire Welfare league season heads into the penultimate match of it's first round of fixtures, Tain Thistle will make travel to Cromarty this Wednesday, in the hope that they can put another three points on the board. Thistle currently trail Balintore by eight points with a game in hand and with memories still fresh in the mind from their one and only visit to Victoria Park last year, nothing but a win will be considered acceptable.
Thistle ran out 9-0 winners on their way to the league championship at Cromarty in 2009, with veteran full back James Rice scoring a hat-trick, Liam Rostock doing the same, while Robbie Ross also bagged a goal. The night was rounded off with a sensational brace for substitute Craig Nimmons.
Despite their -10 goal difference in the league, the Cromarty men are expected to have improved greatly, having won their first three points in the league last week at Dingwall after holding Inver to a draw two days prior.
For Thistle, winger Darran Goller will return from suspension as well as James Rice who missed out last week due to work commitments. Kyle Oliver remains a doubt carrying a persistent shin complaint, while Andrew Durrand was confirmed to have played his final game for Tain last week when he was given his release on Saturday.
In the first Under 17 action for two weeks last night, Tain Juniors failed to turned possession into goals as they fell 2-1 to a more determined Dingwall side.
Faltering twice either side of the half, Tain found themselves 2-0 down before scoring a consolation goal ten minutes from time.
Andrew Sutherland is just one of four new additions to Tain Thistle's Welfare league set up this summer, alongside Ryan Johnston, John Maclellan and Ayah Rattanaphithak. 2010 has been a year of transition not only for Tain Thistle, heading into their first year as defending Ross-shire Welfare champions but also for the "fledgling four", as they step into Welfare football having won the SWL Ross-shire league with Tain Juniors' Under 17 set up last year.
Sutherland has featured in no fewer than six of Thistle's eight competitive games during their Welfare campaign after a short pre-season which also involved a trial game for Tain's North Caledonian side against Muir of Ord Rovers. The result on that day went anything but in Thistle's favour, but the experience thus far has been one to savour for the Northern Irish born defender.
"Its been a really good experience so far. I never expected to have played as often as I have but I've learned a lot already. The trial game gave us an insight into what to expect in senior football and it was a good chance for us to show what we could do for the manager."
Inspired by the now experienced youngsters who came before him, such as Farquhar, Christie and Goller, Sutherland seems humbled by just how much he has learned in a short space of time.
"Martyn (Farquhar) has been really good for me this season, teaching me how to read the game much better since I arrived, and Darran (Goller) has been fantastic at making us all feel welcome. Football-wise, we'd always spent some time on quick feet with the 17s, and playing the ball quickly has been the main thing we've been doing here, so I feel like I'm learning all the time."
Like Sutherland, the imposing young forward John Maclellan has found himself in the throws of first team action, starting up front on five different occasions amidst a continually changing forward line. Thistle have been lucky to have Maclellan as they continue to search for their scoring touch, now without Calum Macdonald and missing Liam Rostock for the early part of the season.
Many claim the striker could very well have bagged a hat-trick in his trial start against Muir of Ord, were it not for the excellent goalkeeping of Robbie Rose, but instead he had to wait until Tain's trip to Dingwall in May for his first goal, slamming home a penalty in the club's 6-0 destruction of Vertex.
Ryan Johnston, too, has impressed. Having swept aside other candidates to win the SWL Ross-shire league's Player of the Year award in 2009, the centre half for Tain Juniors has become a useful full-back for Arron Christie's Thistle side, none moreso than when he netted a goal from 30 yards on the left flank in his first start, picking the man of the match award up on the way.
The last contributor, but most certainly not the least, is the continually impressive and entertaining Natthaphon Ayah Rattanaphithak. Bangkok born, Ayah - or "Natch" to his 17s brethren - had not kicked a football before moving to Scotland at the age of 10. Making up for lost ground, he has quickly asserted himself as one of the most skillful players to come out of the Tain Juniors' set up, wowing crowds with his dribbling ability since his inclusion in Tain's North Caledonian squad.
The winger has also shown his goalscoring touch, netting for Thistle on two occasions, first against Invergordon Social Club in the opening Welfare game of the season, before showing that even as the shortest player in the league, he can still head the ball, with a perfectly placed nut over a helpless Ross Rae.
Whatever the future holds for Thistle, one thing can be assured -- the continued efforts of Tain Juniors, working with the young footballers of Tain, are proving once again to be successful, especially if Sutherland, Maclellan, Johnston and Rattanaphithak are anything to go by - and Thistle are only too glad to continue the job.
The league meeting between Inver and Tain Thistle scheduled for this Monday has been postponed for a second time, following injuries to the Portmahomack based side suffered during their Pattison Cup loss to Ross-shire Club.
In Pattison Cup action today, Inver lost 2-1 to Ross-shire after extra time, while Balintore thumped Invergordon Social Club by 10 goals to 2.
Tain Thistle have been awarded a bye in the Tom Hunter Highland Welfare Cup. The 1st Round will be played on Sunday, June 13th, with the winners advancing to the last sixteen to join Tain Thistle, and other bye teams. The 2nd round is scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 4th with a 2pm kick off.
The 1st round draw is as follows:
Tomintoul vs Elizabethan Link Up, Merkinch vs Rock House, Hatton vs Buckie, Rothes vs Branders, St Marnans vs Bishopmill, Elgin Albion vs GS United, Crimond vs New Deer, Cullen vs White Eagles, Port Gordon vs Portsoy
Byes: Tain Thistle, Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Lhanbryde, Moray Social, Burghead, Aberlour
Tain Thistle bounced back from three consecutive defeats tonight to leapfrog Ross-shire Club into 3rd place in the Ross-shire Welfare with a 2-1 win at Grant Park. Goals from Daniel and Arron Christie saw the league champions reaffirm their intentions as contenders to retain their title with a persistent and workmanlike performance.
American college soccer supremo Garry Perks stepped back into the fold after an eighteen month absence to take his place on the right wing while Michael Brand also returned, following an ankle injury sustained in the pre-season. The suspended Darran Goller stepped out, while James Rice was also absent.
Thistle started the game in nervy fashion, despite matching their opponents in most areas of the park. Robbie Ross came closest to opening the scoring in the early going; his header sailing only inches round the post before turning an effort over the hands of Mitchell and the crossbar.
Despite the pressure from the home side, it was the Dingwall men who took the lead through a lapse in concentration down the right flank. Clever play from the Ross-shire men saw full back Donald Stewart's effort reach the far post and drift into the net, while keeper Steven Martin could only look on in astonishment.
The disaster did not deter the Jags however as they continued to press at the other end of the park. In fact, within minutes the Thistle bench and players were all but celebrating when Andrew Sutherland saw his aerial effort sail goalward only to be deemed not to count, despite appeals from the home side that his header had crossed the line.
As the second half began, Thistle looked more positive, with player managed Arron Christie now in an advanced midfield position. Quickly, Christie and Perks began to link up well, creating chances in front of the Ross-shire goal with frequency; Ross again unlucky not to score as he watched his effort drift over the bar.
The clever trickery of Garry Perks finally paid off for Thistle as the winger dribbled past a pair of defenders to square the ball for the waiting feet of Daniel Christie; the latter making no mistake with the finish, placing the ball beyond Mitchell to make it 1-1.
Ross-shire Club continued to show solidarity at the back however, thwarting a series of corner attempts for Thistle as the Jags battled for a winner. But it was not for long, as an Arron Christie looping effort from the edge of the area soon found the net, taking a deflection on the way in. At 2-1, Thistle's domination was finally reflected in the scoreline.
A late flurry of long ball attacks from the Ross Club put some late pressure on Martin's goal, but confident defending from Martyn Farquhar and Michael Brand saw the goal well tended until the final whistle; the visitor's best chance in the latter stages easily thwarted as Ryan Cowie covered ground with the grace of a gazelle to tackle Paul Fredricks at the key moment.
The win pushes Thistle into 3rd place in the Ross-shire Welfare league, overtaking both Inver and Ross-shire Club, while Balintore strengthened their lead at the top with a thumping 6-1 win over their seaside rivals. At Invergordon, Alness beat the Social Club 3-0, while Vertex fell 2-1 to Cromarty.
Martin, Cowie, Sutherland (Durrand), Farquhar, A Christie, Brand, D Christie, Cameron, Burry, Perks (Rattanaphithak), Ross (Maclellan)
Subs not used:
Johnston, C Nimmons
D Christie 50, A Christie 71
Man of the Match: