The fourth round of fixtures were played in Division 1 and 2 of the North West Sutherland Amateur League last weekend. All three games were played in the top tier, while two from Division 2 were postponed.
Brora Wanderers 8 Lochinver 3
It was a game of two halves at School Park as Lochinver threw away a 2-0 half time lead to eventually lose 8-3 to a rampant Brora Wanderers side. Having gone two ahead thanks to a Jake Lockett double, Lochinver looked to be in control – but a double sending off (a red card for each side) turned the game on its head as Brora fired back and levelled at 2-2 thanks to a Mike Maclean goal and an o.g. early in the second half. Goals from Robbie Allan, Ben Campbell and Mike Maclean made it 5-2 quickly after before Lochinver were able to temporarily reduce the deficit through Duncan Matheson. But the reprieve was short lived as James Griffiths and scored to make it 7-3, before Mike Maclean completed his hat-trick to make it eight.
Golspie Stafford 3 Melvich 0
A dominant performance against a stuffy Melvich side saw Golspie get back to winning ways at Stafford Park. A brace for Shaun Urquhart and a first league goal of the season for Robbie Murray was enough for the home side to wrap up the points.
Helmsdale United 2 Tain Thistle 3
Thistle took the lead midway through the first half after Cammy Mackintosh finished a neat through ball from Darran Goller. It was 1-1 shortly before the interval when Stuart Atkins nodded home from a free kick. It took just 90 seconds of the second period for Thistle to regain the lead though when Martyn Farquhar tucked the ball home at the far post. Finn As-Chainey scored with a great piece of individual skill to make it 3-1 five minutes later. The league leaders were made to sweat as Helmsdale reduced the deficit with fifteen minutes to go when Tony Miller netted from the spot after the referee awarded a penalty. Alas, Tain held on for the win, but the game ended in fisticuffs as three players (2 from Thistle, 1 from United) were dismissed following an altercation at the corner flag.
Lairg Rovers 5 Invergordon SC 1
Lairg Rovers took a significant stride forward in the race of the Division 2 title as they recorded a comprehensive win over league rivals Invergordon Social Club. Taylor Sutherland broke the deadlock early on for Lairg before James Ross and Adam Mackay extended their advantage before the break. Goals from Ryan Newlands and Craig Ross secured the win in the second half, while Fraser Macleod netted in reply for Invergordon.