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Vikings boss Reid praises opponents Bonar after 10-0 hammering


By Matt Leslie


Connor Macintosh fires a free kick around the Bonar Bridge wall to score for Thurso during the 10-0 victory at Naver. Picture: James Gunn
Connor Macintosh fires a free kick around the Bonar Bridge wall to score for Thurso during the 10-0 victory at Naver. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso boss Stevie Reid praised Bonar Bridge for their efforts last weekend after his Vikings dished out a 10-0 thumping to them.

Reid's men went on the goal rampage at the all-weather pitch at Naver to bring themselves to four points off the top of the North Caledonian League.

Goals from Cameron Montgomery, Allan Munro, Craig Kennedy (2), Innes MacIntosh, Conor Trueman, Connor Macintosh (2), Aaron Wilson and Andy Mackay helped the Vikings to a runaway victory.

The scoreline might suggest that Bridge offered little resistance but Reid praised them for putting up a fight in difficult circumstances.

"I have to pay tribute to Bonar Bridge because they were up against it before this game even kicked off," he said.

"They were short on numbers and had to start the match with only 10 players. By the time it ended, they were left with nine.

"I had tried to draft in a couple of locally based players to turn out for them but with little success.

"Don't look too much into the scoreline because Bonar Bridge worked their socks off. Some perspective is needed.

"However, regardless of whatever issues Bonar had, we had to go out there and do a job.

"Maybe we were too ruthless in doing so but it would have been more disrespectful to Bonar had we started p*****g about after the first couple of goals.

Michael Petrie (left) congratulates Conor Trueman on scoring for Thurso in the runaway win against Bonar. Picture: James Gunn
Michael Petrie (left) congratulates Conor Trueman on scoring for Thurso in the runaway win against Bonar. Picture: James Gunn

"It was a good chance for us to give some of our younger players some game-time.

"Craig Kennedy and Alan Davis played very well and it was good to see Connor Macintosh get a full 90 minutes under his belt – he hasn't had that opportunity for a while."

Thurso are in North Caledonian Cup action this weekend despite not having to kick a ball in order to set up their quarter-final clash at home to Bunillidh Thistle.

They were due to face Inverness Athletic in the last round only for the latter to scratch from the competition.

Allan Munro scores for the Vikings with a powerful header. Picture: James Gunn
Allan Munro scores for the Vikings with a powerful header. Picture: James Gunn

Reid added: "We tried on two occasions to get the tie played only for various issues with the recent bad weather to intervene.

"However, I think they were struggling for numbers – around five or six players requesting releases in order to train with their summer league teams.

"They felt that they were unable to get a squad together to play the game. Naturally we would have preferred to get into the last eight on the pitch, but here we are.

"Bunillidh may be struggling in the league but they've toughened up of late and will give us a hard contest."



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