Happy New Year from the gaffer

Looking back on my first full calendar year in charge, the positives far outweigh the negatives. That is testament to the lads' willingness to listen and adapt to new ideas. 

After finishing the 2021/22 season strongly, we fiinished up in fifth place – an achievement in itself given we were second bottom with four points from 15 when I took over in October.

Most notably though, the winning of the North Caledonian Cup in April was a great victory against a good Halkirk United side. Our goal since then has been to push on and progress in the league while also competing in the knockout cups this term.

As we draw to a close in 2022, we find ourselves sitting second having also reached the Football Times cup final, ultimately losing out to Invergordon. The key now is consistency and to push on in the second half of the season and hopefully history repeats itself with regards to our own form. 

In terms of recruitment, we have taken in a few new faces, starting with the return of midfielder Stefan MacRitchie, who has been a big part of what we have done so far, as well as defender Reece Paterson who hasn't featured as much as we would have liked due to injury, but hopefully that will change after the new year.

A pleasing addition has been striker Bradi Hulme, who we picked up from Inverness Athletic amateurs. He has repaid our faith with some big goals and assists this season, and I look forward to his continued development at this level as there is plenty more to come.

Also joining the club was goalkeeper William Godding who along with Johnny Allan I would rank as being up there with the best goalkeepers in the league – if not the best two, which is an absolute blessing to have at our disposal.

We also took forward man Shaun Marshall in from Lochbroom amateurs and although he is still only 18, he has chipped in with some goals and assists and is definitely a player to watch for in the future.

The most recent signing was John Maclennan who returned to the area after a spell working in Dubai and he has performed well in the few games since arriving. He brings us a different dimension in the positions he can play and he is another I am looking forward to seeing more of.

We have been without our captain Ben Bruce for large parts of the season so far and that, along with losing Ross Tokely to Nairn County and not having Daniel Christie available, we have had to work harder - but I am hopeful that we will see Ben and Daniel return after the new year period which will be a massive boost to the squad and the club in general.

As ever, I want to express my gratitude to our supporters and our sponsors throughout the season - without both we could not do any of this.

I've always been one to put faith in the area I am playing for, or representing, and I hope I have  been able to give people local to Tain a team that they can enjoy watching. I hope you can get behind us further as the season progresses as it always pleasing to see so many faces at Grant Park. 

On behalf of myself, Tino and Ian, here's hoping for a successful 2023 and may I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

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