BUCKIE Thistle showed a different side to their make-up on Saturday after grinding out a vital three points against Nairn County.
They had to dig deep to overcome a stuffy Nairn side which played the last 25 minutes with 10 men after striker Gary Kerr was sent off.
Half-time sub Stuart Taylor grabbed the winner for Buckie with 17 minutes remaining for a win which keeps them top of the Highland League on goal difference.
A Kevin Fraser effort which was deflected past his own keeper by Callum Maclean in the 12th minute was all that separated the sides at the half-time interval.
Jordan Macrae had earlier clipped the top of the crossbar with an inswinging corner.
Nairn started the second half on the front foot and stunned the Jags in the 52nd minute when Macrae did well to set up skipper Wayne Mackintosh to score from the edge of the box.
Nairn keeper Dylan Maclean produced a great stop to keep out an effort by Sam Urquhart four minutes later. Lewis Mackinnon then fired a 30-yard free-kick straight at the keeper.
The momentum was fully in Buckie’s favour when Kerr was shown a second yellow card for a rash lunge on Craig Cowie in the 64th minute.
Jack McLean cleared a John McLeod effort off the line in the 69th minute and moments later Dylan Maclean produced a great save to tip over another McLeod effort as Buckie tried to turn the screw on the 10 men.
The winner came when Fraser showed real trickery in the box to carve his way to the byeline and whipped a great ball across the face of goal which was tapped home at the far post by Taylor, who had come on as a half-time replacement for Drew Copeland.
Buckie keeper Ross Salmon made a brave save at the feet of Jason Morganti a minute into added time to keep Buckie in the lead.
Buckie: Salmon, Wood (Milne 66), Mackinnon, Munro, Dorrat, Copeland (Taylor 46), Fraser, Cowie, McLeod (Carrol 83), Angus, Urquhart. Not used: Strong.