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BREATHTAKING was the only word to describe Buckie Thistle’s clinical dismantling of Brora Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Jags blew Brora away in this clash of the Highland League’s top two before kick-off.

After a goalless first half, Buckie moved up through the gears after the break and three goals in a scintillating nine minute spell killed the game.

Lewis Mackinnon curled in a superb 30 yard free kick to get the ball rolling in the 57th minute.

It was 2-0 in the 64th minute when ex-Brora striker John McLeod smashed in a stunning shot from the edge of the box.

And two minutes later Kevin Fraser bundled in a third after McLeod had fired the ball against the crossbar.

Brora simply had no answer to Buckie’s pace and ruthless streak and the fourth goal arrived in the 76th minute when a long ball over the top was chased down by McLeod who kept his cool to slide the ball underneath Joe Malin.

Sub Drew Copeland added a fifth late on when his long range effort appeared to have been saved by Malin but the keeper was off balance and stumbled over his goalline.

Buckie keeper Ross Salmon had pulled off a fantastic save in the third minute from a Craig Campbell volley but otherwise the Buckie keeper was scarcely troubled and was reduced to a spectator role in the second half.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart said: “The first half was tight but I still thought we had the best chances. In a 20 minute spell we blew them away.

A large home crowd was treated to a stunning display from the league leaders.

“No other team in the Highland League has the support we have and I would urge more fans to come back.

“We are just a third of the way through the season so there is miles to go yet.”

Defender Hamish Munro added: “We have done that to a few teams. Once we get one the crowd gets behind us and the momentum builds.

“A lot of our goals come in clusters and when we get momentum up we just go for it.

“I have played in a lot of teams but I don’t thnk I have ever played in one which is so free scoring.

“We are not getting ahead of ourselves and are taking each game as it comes.

“I think we created the better chances in the first half, so it could have been a few more.”

Buckie are now five points clear of Cove Rangers and six points ahead of Brora.

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