RATHER than a New Year hangover, Buckie Thistle boss Gary Hake has a happy headache to deal with on the selection front this weekend.
Hake was thrilled to watch an under-strength Jags thump Lossiemouth 4-0 on Saturday with a performance he rated as one of the best during his managerial reign.
Winning with five key players on the sidelines was even more pleasing for Hake, and with four set to be back for Saturday’s return fixture he knows he has some tough calls to make.
Graeme Stewart and Iain MacRae should be over a sickness bug to play if required, keeper Kevin Main returns from holiday, while Neil Davidson is back onshore, leaving injured Donnie Munro as the only man still out.
"I’ve got some wee decisions, but it’s a healthy position to be in," Hake admitted. "Considering the guys we had out, and the overhead conditions during the game I thought we were excellent.
"I think we’ve put on one of the best performances since I’ve been manager."
One player who will miss this weekend’s trip to Lossie is skipper Lewis MacKinnon, who had landed an automatic two-game ban after being sent off for violent conduct on Saturday.
Referee Craig Sim adjudged MacKinnon to have used an elbow during a clash with Lossiemouth’s Jamie McKinnon, with Hake revealing his player claimed he did no wrong. "I didn’t see what happened, but Lewie said he tried to fend the guy off and the ref has viewed it as an elbow," Hake said. "He apologised to his team-mates, not because of that but because he got himself sent off.
"Even after that, the way we played you would never have known we were down to 10 men."
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