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Tomatin travelled to Cromdale for this league encounter with Grantown Utd on Tuesday night and managed to secure their first win of the new season coming out 3 - 1 victors.

The away team started this match really well and had by far the majority of possession during the early stages. They could not capitalise on their chances however and it was the home team who made the break through after 20 minutes. Gavin Wood picked up the ball on the left and managed to shrug of the challenge made by Tom Bell before firing the ball past Garry Stuart from an acute angle.

Tomatin were rewarded for their hard efforts on the half hour when they levelled the game, it came after good work from midfielder Andy Buchan who sent in a cross which was met inside the 6 yard box by Lewis MacKay who tucked the ball past Lyndon O Brien.

As half time was approaching the visitors went into the lead with the best goal of the game. Andy Buchan picked up the ball inside his own half and went on a mazy run coasting past three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot past the helpless' O Brien.

Into the second half and it was Tomatin who continued to be the dominant force going forward. Callum Carson had a effort just off target and Finlay MacLeod also came close when his header shaved the cross bar with the keeper beaten. Grantown also had a few chances at this stage but found it difficult to get past the visitors defence with Jason Mac Donald having an outstanding game at centre half.

Tomatin secured the points in the 67th minute when Alex Hamilton scored immediately after coming on as a substitute. It was the big strikers first touch of the ball as he volleyed home from a Buchan free kick. As the game drew to a close Tomatin hit the cross bar and also saw a MacLeod effort cleared off the line. The visitors deserved to take all three points and will now hope to keep this kind of performance going into next weeks home game against Cromdale.

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