Four weeks into the season, St Duthus now currently sit in fourth place in the North Caledonian League table, having suffered their first league defeat this past Saturday against seasoned campaigners Golspie Sutherland.
The Tain men were punished by two late goals at the end of a game which Golspie had led by a single goal for most of the match.
Ahead of the Saints' next game against league champions Halkirk United, team manager Stuart Ross reflects on the weekend setback, and the squad so far.
We were disappointed not to keep the momentum going from the good result the week before against Inverness. Against Golspie, I didn't think there was a lot between the sides. Golspie took the advantage simply by capitalising on our mistakes. We still have many boys in our squad who are adjusting to a new level of football, and every week is a learning week. In the grand scheme of things, we're only four weeks into a project that will last for a long time.
There were many positives to take from the game though. We finished the game with half of the team under the age of 20, all living within a local radius, a fact which is great for the future of the team. We have a lot of talented players here.
It's just hard to keep a settled team on the park due to the many absences we've had so far, so we've been faced with a lot of chopping and changing. I look forward to that settling down soon and being able to focus on having a full squad to choose from.