Published: 20/04/2017 16:57 - Updated: 20/04/2017 17:09

Buckie Thistle title bid hangs on tonight's meeting

Written byChris Saunderson

THE fate of Buckie Thistle's Highland League title challenge hangs on the outcome of a meeting tonight.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart has seen his side average more than six goals a game so far in the league.
Buckie boss Graeme Stewart will be hoping his team gets the go-ahead to play for the league title on Saturday.

The Highland League management committee will meet in Lossiemouth to discuss whether the Jags infringed competition rules and played an ineligible player last Saturday at Formartine.

Buckie recalled winger Callum Murray from a loan spell at Deveronvale and included him in their squad at Pitmedden.

The goalless draw meant Buckie need a win at home to Strathspey Thistle on Saturday to clinch the title.

However, Highland League rules state that players, including loan players, are not allowed to be signed after March 31 and included in competitive games.

Buckie insist they got written approval from the Highland League secretary for the move and checked the situation prior to the game.

Representatives from all 18 Highland League club will attend the meeting when the Jags could face a fine and a deduction of three points.

Murray was an unused sub in the game at Formartine and Buckie had recalled him to cover for an injury situation which meant they were short of subs for the game.

Murray is a registered Buckie player and had been at Deveronvale on loan for most of the season.

Sound advice: Buckie claims it got written approval from the Highland League, whose secretary is Rod Houston.
Sound advice: Buckie claims it got written approval from the Highland League, whose secretary is Rod Houston.

If Buckie are deducted three points that would end their title challenge and Cove Rangers could win it on Saturday with a win over Lossiemouth.

A draw or a defeat against Lossie would see Brora Rangers crowned champions instead.

Buckie fans will be hoping the management committee does not impose a point deduction and the Jags' board is insistent it did nothing wrong.

Look out for updates later on Twitter @spp_chris for the outcome of the meeting, online and at the Banffshire Advertiser Facebook page.

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