Published: 22/04/2017 19:26 - Updated: 22/04/2017 19:34

Buckie are the champions

BUCKIE Thistle have been crowned Highland League champions.

The Jags won the title in great style with a 9-0 thrashing of Strathspey Thistle in front of a big crowd inside Victoria Park.

Captain Kevin Fraser and assistant boss Lewis Mackinnon went up to lift the trophy in the main stand before a jubilant home support.

Cleared of any player registration rule breaking at Thursday night’s Highland League meeting, Buckie had the go ahead to finish off their campaign with the three points they needed to take the championship.

Early nerves were settled by a Chris Angus opener and by the 20-minute mark Jags were 4-0 up thanks to two more from Angus and one from Fraser.

Top scorer John McLeod got in on the act with a strike before the break and he became the second Jag to complete his hat-trick woith two more in the second half to make it 7-0.

Sub Stuart Taylor got the next goal and Angus notched up his fourth to put a cherry on the icing for the Moray coast men.

Buckie finished their campaign with an incredible 130 goals scored in their 34 matches, and only 36 conceded.

That put them well out in front of goal difference ahead of champions Cove Rangers, who finished with a 5-0 win over Lossiemouth and the runners-up spot.

Rothes lost 2-0 at home to Nairn County while Fraserburgh beat Huntly 2-0 and Wick drew 2-2 with Formartine.

In the North of Scotland Cup first round, Forres Mechanics booked a trip to Halkirk in the quarter-finals after beating nine-man Clach 2-1.

Player coach Charlie Brown came off the bench to set up teenager Owen Paterson for a 90th minute Cans winner.

Stuart Soane had cancelled out Clach’s early opener before the Inverness men had two players sent off.

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