A lackluster Tain Thistle side fell to an organised Bonar Bridge at Migdale Playing Fields this afternoon, thanks to an early Billy Ferries goal and a brace from John Dorrian. A late goal from captain Scottie Innes reduced the deficit but brought an end to the afternoon's scoring to record a comfortable 3-1 for the home side.
Player-manager Robbie Ross listed himself as part of a front three which also featured the forward pair of Daniel Christie and Scott Morrison, with Gordon Duff returning to the side as the Tain side's new goal keeper.
Thistle's Arron Christie could have opened in the opening minute with an excellent chance, but the effort was dealt with by Bonar keeper Steve Martin, who turned the effort wide. Only minutes later however, Bonar Bridge took the lead through Billy Ferries, whose looping shot could only deflect past the outreached hand of Duff as the ball bundled over the line.
With the low sun blinding the Thistle attack, Bonar maintained pressure for the remainder of the first half, almost resting on the 1-0 lead, before John Dorrian made it 2-0 with a simple finish.
The half time whistle heralded a change, as Andy Murray replaced Martyn Farquhar in the Thistle defence noted by manager Robbie Ross as a disciplinary decision.
Playing downhill, Thistle offered little of any kind of improvement as Bonar continued to find easy routes towards goal through the Tain back line. Gordon Duff earned his stripes in the second half however, pulling off two spectacular saves from Sean Henstridge and Billy Ferries, before eventually succumbing to a three pronged attack which saw John Dorrian bag his second to make it 3-0.
With the foot now off the pedal, Bonar allowed Thistle a slight reprieve when Bruce Mackay needlessly lashed out at the grounded Andy Murray following a scuffle, and saw red for his actions.
Russell Lawrie and Paul Austin were introduced late-on as a tumble to Chris Mailley and a hamstring concern for Daniel Christie brought their afternoons to an end. The changes brought about Thistle's best chance of the second half as Lawrie found himself clean through on Stevie Martin, only to place his shot wide of the far post.
Dickie Durrand continued the late pressure on Martin's goal with an effort the Bonar keeper had to tip round the post, but it was captain marvel Scottie Innes who finally pulled a goal back for the visitors. In what seemed all-too-easy, the imposing Innes dribbled through an unaware Bonar defence to walk the ball into the net for an easy finish, to add a touch of respectability to the scoreline.
Tain Thistle's penultimate match of the season is also their final away game, at Alness's Dalmore Park, next week with a 1.30pm kick off.