Published: 15/04/2017 20:42 - Updated: 15/04/2017 20:58

'We have to earn the title', says Spider

Written byChris Saunderson

BUCKIE Thistle boss Graeme Stewart has urged his players go and "earn the win" that will see them clinch the Highland League crown.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart.

The Jags will go into a final day encounter at home to Strathspey Thistle as strong favourites to claim the three points which will lift the title.

However, after watching his side claim a vital point in a 0-0 draw at Formartine, he said: "Any win next week should win it. That was a great point for us today. Coming to a place like this was not ideal but I thought we handled it well.

"It was very nervous for me and I think the players coped with it better than I did."

"We probably had the better chances but I think a draw was a fair results."

Looking ahead to next Saturday, Stewart added: "It is not just going to be given to us. We have got to go and earn it. The boys have earned victories all season and if we do one more then it will have been a great season."

Buckie were missing Craig Dorrat, Sam Urquhart and Craig Cowie but despite missing "three of our biggest battlers", Stewart said his team rose to the challenge.

Cheered on by a large and vocal travelling support, Buckie coped with everything Formartine could throw at them.

There will be a carnival atmosphere at Victoria Park next Saturday and a big crowd, hoping to cheer the team to their first league title in six years.

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