- Tain Thistle recorded their first home win of the season on Saturday with a 4-3 win over Lairg Rovers. Daniel Christie and Cammy Mackintosh joined the squad for the first time this year, and making a surprise return from the bench for the first time in over a year was Dave MacGruer, who has been recovering from a long term injury.Lairg took a surprise lead through Miller Mackay after just ten minutes but just a couple of minutes later Cammy Mackintosh made it a goalscoring return to the side when he left Conor Mackay in a pickle between the sticks with an awkward shot. Thistle asserted themselves well and took the lead on 35 minutes thanks to a majestic left foot strike from Graham Noble from 30 yards. The remaining five minutes of the first half saw two further goals scored. Miller Mackay was first up as he netted his second, this time from the penalty spot after a foul committed Alan Duff - but Duff did well to atone for his mistake four minutes later to put the Jags 3-2 up. Disappointingly for the Tain men, Gordy Mackay was then forced to withdraw at the half time break due to injury, with Paul Cowie being introduced as his replacement.Thistle made hard work of it in the second half and struggled to put the game beyond their opponents, despite extending their lead after just five minutes when Noble struck again, hitting a loose ball low into the net from the edge of the box to give Mackay no chance. Lairg did manage to pull a goal back in injury time though, when Shane McKay struck home the rebound following a save from Daniel Cormack, but it was too little too late for Joe Sutherland's men as the full time whistle followed just seconds later.Team: Cormack, Duff, Durrand, A Christie, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, Noble (Macgruer 63), D Christie (T Farquhar 87), Rostock, Goller, G Mackay (Cowie 46)
- After a fortnight’s break, the Jags welcome Lairg Rovers to the Links for what will be their latest North West Sutherland league match on Saturday.Thistle will be looking to record their first home win of the season, having lost 5-2 to Brora in their last game at the Links. Team manager Tony Farquhar is expected to have more players at his disposal than in recent games. This weekend, Cammy Mackintosh is among those returning, having recovered from a broken hand.The visitors have been in mixed form so far this season but have had no problem finding the net. The Lairg men have made several additions for their 2018 campaign and are expected to be among the teams challenging for the league title.Tain’s performance against Rovers tomorrow will give the manager and his squad a good indication of their standing amongst their new North West Sutherland peers.The game kicks off at 4pm.
- 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
- A 70 plus mile trip to the North coast of Sutherland awaits the Jags this weekend as they travel to play Melvich in their first away game of the new North West Sutherland AFA season.Injuries and absences continue to haunt player manager Tony Farquhar in his pursuit of a squad for the game, as Thistle look to steer the ship back on track by recording a first win in 2018. Despite the stuttering start, Farquhar remains in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday's match.
"It's a bit of a task for sure, but I'm sure there will be weeks when we have 20 players at our disposal and I'll be faced with a different dilemma then."Melvich will be no easy proposition, as was evidenced in their opening 4-4 draw against title contenders Lairg Rovers last weekend. A double from James Murray helped Melvich to the point, just a week after the same player had netted twice for Pentland United in the Highland Amateur Cup, against Thistle.
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