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Buckie Thistle moved two points clear at the top of the Highland League with a fifth consecutive win.

The Jags ran out 3-0 winners at home to Forres Mechanics to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

However, they were made to work hard for the three points and only took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Sam Urquhart went down under a challenge by Graham Fraser to win a penalty.

John McLeod made a clinical job of despatching the spot kick beyond Stuart Knight.

Buckie stepped up the tempo after the break and a pinpoint pass by Craig Dorrat split the Forres defence and allowed McLeod to double the lead with a smart shot from the edge of the box.

That was just before the hour mark and Urquhart provided a neat finish for number three eight minutes later a super pass by McLeod.

The win moved Buckie two points clear of defending champions Cove Rangers who were held 2-2 by Fraserburgh at Christie Park, Huntly.

The top two meet at Christie Park on Wednesday night.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart said: “It was a battle and we knew it would be. Getting a clean sheet and defending the way we did was incredible.

“The boys were leggy because we have played so many games. Sam Urquhart was knackered before the game and he was outstanding.

“We showed that we can battle. Last season we could play good football but not battle, this season we can do both.”

Match Photo’s courtesy of Allan Robertson

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