THEIR winning run came to an end but Buckie Thistle showed they can compete with the big guns in the Highland League in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Formartine Utd.
After three straight wins, confidence was high in the Buckie camp going into the game.
And that translated into a dominant first half showing from the Jags against title-chasing Formartine.
The visitors played second fiddle for most of the first half and were fortunate to be goalless at the break.
Chris Hegarty came closest for Buckie when 14th minute free kick hit the inside of the keeper’s left hand post and spun to safety.
At the other end, Greig Sim was rarely troubled in the home goal but just before half-time he was forced into a good smothering save to deny Garry Wood.
It was a different story at the start of the second half with Formartine starting on the front foot and bossing possession.
They had four good opportunities inside the first 10 minutes, with Sim again making a smart save to deny Wood.
Cammy Keith put the visitors ahead when Paul Lawson’s free-kick into the box was headed across goal by Craig McKeown and Keith had the simple task to tap home at the far post.
They surged into a two goal lead in the 72nd minute when another Lawsonm free-kick into the box saw Jags keeper Sim come but get a poor punch on the ball, which fell to McKeown who volleyed into the empty net.
To their credit, Buckie worked their way back into the game and started to press Formartine.
Sub Robert Scott had a great chance to score when Shaun Wood’s great cross presented him with a golden chance but he powered a close range header over the bar.
Paul Napier was just inches wide with a shot from the edge of the box as the game moved towards full time.
A minute into added time, Buckie pulled one back when a long ball from Napier was picked up by sub Stuart Taylor on the right wing and his delivery into the box gave Kevin Fraser a simple tap in.
However, there was not enough time for the Jags to find an equaliser.