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  • Invergordon 3 Tain Thistle 0

    Tain Thistle may have lifted themselves off the bottom of the table, but for the second weekend in a row the club's North Caledonian adventure ended in defeat.<br /><br />Robbie Ross named three trialists in a starting lineup which was changed drastically from the previous week's home game against Bunillidh. In came Arron Christie, Martin Mackay and James Rice.<br /><br />Thistle handled themselves very well in the first half, missing several opportunities to take the lead, most notably through debut man Arron Christie who, after a referee miscommunication, was clean through on the Invergordon goal. For the majority of the first half, defensive pair James Rice and in particular Dave MacGruer dealt with everything the home side could dish out.<br /><br />But it was the Recreation Park men who took the lead, just before the break. Thistle failed to deal with a corner, allowing Gavin Legge to put Invergordon<br />ahead. Tain heads down and the Jags' defence bedraggled, Alan Stone doubled the home side's lead within minutes, thumping home a rebounded effort following a poor clearance.<br /><br />The comfortable 2-0 lead for Invergordon made the second half a drab and ill- tempered affair, with frustration for the visitors gaining them three needless bookings. To add to the club's woes, James Rice left the field of play with an eye injury on the hour mark.<br /><br />Despite some clever wing play from Darran Goller and Daniel Christie, the chances never came and it was Allan Campbell, having scored a double earlier in the season for the Sutor Inn against Thistle, who netted in the 85th minute to increase the deficit to three.

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  • Club reeling after Grant Park vandalism shock

    It has been reported that Grant Park, the council-owned mutual home of Tain Juniors and Tain Thistle FC has been severely vandalized over the weekend.<br /><br />The discovery was made this morning, following the club's opening North Caledonian league fixture at the weekend.<br /><br />Issuing a statement on behalf of the club, Niall Harkiss had this to say:<br /><br />"We are absolutely disgusted by this blatant example of deliberate and mindless vandalism. The police have been notified and will be dealing with the issue. My thanks go to the Highland Council and Ian MacLeod of Tain Golf Club who have responded quickly, and will hopefully make the pitch playable for our next home game on the 6th."<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2008_pitch_damage.jpg">

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  • Accordion Raffle Winner

    The winner of our Summer raffle prize has been announced. Congratulations go to Mr S Donaldson of Tain, who is now the proud owner of a Stephanelli 48-Bass accordion.<br /><br />The accordion was kindly donated by Steve Clinkscale Music of Kelso.

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  • Season opener ends in defeat

    A glorious day out for North Caledonian debutants Tain Thistle ended in a 4-1 defeat at home to Bunillidh Thistle at Grant Park yesterday.<br /><br />Newly appointed captain Paul Cowie led the side out for the club's Winter season and first ever North Caledonian league game, but despite a confident start, the visitors eased their way into the box for an eighth minute opener. Before Tain could adjust the first goal, Bunillidh had doubled their lead, with Calum Mackay knocking home his side's second after 13 minutes.<br /><br />As has been the case throughout the pre- season, Tain took a good 15-20 to find their feet before they gained control of the game. Despite being 2-0 down, the team fought on, pulling back a goal just after half an<br />hour, courtesy of a well placed Colin Burry free kick.<br /><br />Thistle went in 2-1 down at half time and in the second half dictated most of the play as they searched for an equalizer. But a looping free kick, very much against the run of play, gave Bunillidh a third goal, which all but killed Thistle's hopes and confidence.<br /><br />Adding weight to their winning margin, Bunillidh rounded the afternoon off with a fourth, against a tired and disoriented defence, minutes from time.

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  • Committee exhibition match postponed

    The much anticipated Players vs Committee XI game due to take place on Wednesday 20th August has been placed on hold due to much needed training time for the players ahead of their crunch debut match against Bunillidh Thistle.<br />The match will take place at a later date in the year.

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