Published: 01/03/2014 17:54 - Updated: 01/03/2014 18:24

Buckie in confident mood after Rothes win

Written byChris Saunderson at Mackessack Park

'BRING on Brora Rangers' was the cry from Buckie Thistle boss Gary Hake after watching his side claim the points in a 4-1 win over ten man Rothes on Saturday.

Aaron Conway (left) was at the heart of all three Buckie goals in the first half.
Aaron Conway (left) was at the heart of all three Buckie goals in the first half.

The Jags stretched their unbeaten run to five games at Mackessack Park.

They now face a tough challenge at home against the champions-elect on Wednesday night.

However, Hake says they will approach the game in confident mood.

"I was delighted with the workrate and attitude of the players. It was vital today that we started on the front foot and we did that," he said.

"I thought we were pretty relentless at times today and that was probably one of our best performances of the season.

"We could have won that game a lot more comfortably than 4-1.

"I am delighted we have another tough game on Wednesday night. It should be a great game and hopefully we can get a result," added Hake.

Buckie took the lead after five minutes when Liam Forbes' last ditch tackle on Liam Baxter saw a penalty awarded and the Rothes defender was shown a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Aaron Conway converted the spot kick and after 16 minutes the ball hit off Lewis Mackinnon from Conway's corner and went in off Rothes defender Kevin Shortreed.

The Jags killed the game off when Chris Angus headed home from a Conway corner.

The second half saw Buckie continue to press forward and Ricky Horne made some good saves in the home goal to deny them.

Andrew Corbett headed a great goal for the home side six minutes from time before sub Craig Macmillan made it 4-1 with a close ranger header two minutes from the end.

Rothes assistmant manager Rab Mulheron said: "We said at half-time we had to go and play for pride and at the end of the day we did that.

"We had no qualms about the penalty or the sending off. He was last man. The boy lunges in and caught the player. I would have been looking for a penalty in that situation.

"With that rule you get punished twice because we concede a penalty and the boy gets sent off as well."

Rothes: Horne, Stewart, Thomson, Gallagher (Presly 75), Shortreed, Corbett, C. McIntosh, Smith, Gibb, Forbes, Ramsay (Shearer 82). Not used: Lambie, S. McIntosh, Ferguson.

Buckie: Bell, Angus, Carrol, Stewart, Mackinnon, Macrae, Conway (Hodge 70), Munro (Gauld 65), Low (Macmillan 72), Baxter, Davidson. Not used: Wood, Strong.

Forres Mechanics took 42 minutes to make the breakthrough at Kynoch Park against home side Keith, with Stuart Soane scoring the vital opener.

Soane added a second just three minutes after the restart and a Kris Duncan double (53,57) made it 4-0.

Soane then completed his hat-trick before Ross Archibald made it 6-0 with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Lossiemouth were on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing at Inverurie Locos.

In the other Highland League games, Cove Rangers were 3-0 winners at Strathspey Thistle, while Fraserburgh won 4-1 at Turriff.

In the Highland League Cup, Brora Rangers progressed with a 3-0 win over Clach, while Nairn County were confident 4-1 winners at Formartine Utd.

 

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