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A HAMISH Munro goal in the 85th minute rescued Buckie Thistle’s unbeaten league record.

Visitors Fraserburgh were poised for victory after Paul Campbell’s goal three minutes into the second half.

On a miserable afternoon at Victoria Park, Buckie could not find the attacking gear which had seen them average over five goals a game in a 13-game unbeaten start to the season.

The Broch came with a game plan to nullify the Jags’ attacking threat and it worked a treat, as keeper Paul Leask did not have a save to make the entire 90 minutes.

The visitors worked hard to shut down space and Buckie’s danger players and the home side, for the first time this season, looked bereft of ideas in front of goal.

After a goalless first half which was pretty uneventful, Campbell was put through by Dean Cowie and he calmy rolled the ball past Ross Salmon in the Jags’ goal.

As the wind and rain intensified, Buckie’s great start to the season looked set to be blown off course.

They could not fashion a clear cut chance and the league’s top scorer John McLeod had his quietest game of the season, thanks in the main to Fraserburgh’s uncompromising defending.

Kevin Fraser, so often the architect of Buckie’s attacks this season, found himself well and truly shackled, and with Chris Angus and Lewis MacKinnon both out with injury, the Jags were missing two key players.

Salmon came to the rescue just past the hour mark when a long clearance out of defence saw Graham Johnston get in behind a flat Buckie defence but Salmon stood up well to make a good save.

The Buckie keeper was forced to make another vital save to keep his side in the game when he palmed away a fierce shot from sub Aiden Combe with 13 minutes remaining.

Just when it looked as if Buckie might suffer their first league defeat in 14 games, Munro headed home from a Shaun Carrol corner to salvage a point.

Buckie: Salmon, Wood (Cheyne 57), Dorrat, Munro, Carrol, McLean, K Fraser, Taylor (Murray 83), Urquhart, McLeod, Low. Not used: MacRae, Copeland, J Fraser, Angus, Strong.

Photo’s Courtesy of Allan Robertson

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