Published: 15/04/2017 19:56 - Updated: 15/04/2017 20:24

Buckie can win title on final day

Written byChris Saunderson at North Lodge Park

BUCKIE Thistle will win the title on the final day of the Highland League season if they beat Strathspey Thistle.

Graeme Stewart: 'We must earn win against Strathspey'.

A gutsy goalless draw at Formartine Utd today has put the Jags in the driving seat.

Buckie's far superior goal difference means any kind of win over the bottom-of-the-table side will be good enough to lift the title.

Brora Rangers are top by two points after their 5-1 win at Fort William but the Sutherland side have completed their league programme.

Cove Rangers were 6-1 winners at Lossiemouth and are level on points with Buckie, but the Jags have a +85 goal difference, compared to +74 for Cove, who are at home to Lossiemouth next Saturday.

Buckie looked nervy against Formartine but they defended well and restricted the Pitmedden side to one chance of note in the second half when Jamie Masson fired wide from close range.

Buckie were missing the injured pair of Sam Urquhart and Craig Cowie, with Shaun Wood and Stuart Taylor coming in to the side.

The only chance in a tense first half was when top scorer John McLeod saw his shot saved by Ewen Macdonald.

In the second half McLeod, with 43 goals this season,  saw an effort cleared off the line by Calum Dingwall and striker partner Chris Angus was denied by keeper Macdonald.

It was a poor game, played at a frenetic pace and with lost of mistakes, however, the bottom line for Graeme Stewart's men was they got the required result to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands next Saturday.

On paper, Buckie should have too much for Strathspey but Stewart said his players have to go out and "earn the title" against the Grantown side at Victoria Park.

Buckie: Bell, Wood, MacKinnon, McLean, K Fraser, McLeod, Angus, Taylor, Cheyne (Copeland 89), Munro, Maitland. Not used: Carrol, J Fraser, Ross, Sim, Milne, Murray.

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