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Buckie Thistle boss Graeme Stewart insists the win over Fraserburgh is a “monkey off our back”.

After four straight defeats in league and cup, Stewart admitted he was worried when the Jags fell behind at Bellslea with 20 minutes remaining.

However, goals from Kevin Fraser and Shaun Carrol, who kept his nerve to convert a last 90th minute penalty kick, secured the points.

Stewart admitted: “It was probably the most stressful 90 minutes I have been involved in.

“We played so well but hadn’t taken our chances in the first half, which has been the story of our season so far; it was torture.”

Stewart says they deserved the piece of luck when Chris Angus was fouled inside the box for the late spot kick.

The manager admitted that confidence had been dented following the poor start to the season, however, team spirit and togetherness remained undimmed.

Stewart revealed he had even taken to social media to issue rallying calls for his players to stick together.

Buckie welcomed back a number of senior players from injury and suspension on Saturday – Ian MacRae, Lewis Mackinnon, Jay Cheyne, Greig Sim and Dennis Wyness.

Chris Hegarty did pick up a knee injury which forced him to come off at half-time, but it is hoped he will be all right for the visit of Clach this Saturday.

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