Buckie Thistle’s excellent run came to a thumping end with a 6-2 defeat by Forres Mechanics on Wednesday night.
Dennis Wynness put the Jags 1-0 ahead after seven minutes but that was as good as it got for the home side on a disappointing night at Victoria Park.
Eight wins in their last nine games going into the midweek match put Buckie in confident mood, however, by the end of the 90 minutes Forres had brought them down to earth with a big bang.
The Mechanics produced a superb performance and even managed to overcome a red card for defender Gordon Finlayson in the second half to secure the three points.
Craig McGovern levelled after 16 minutes when Finlayson’s ball into the box found him eight yards out and he spun and fired a left foot shot into the net.
It took Forres just three minutes to take the lead when Ross MacPherson volleyed home from the edge of the box.
Lee Fraser missed a great chance to score when he saw a shot saved by Greig Sim and from the rebound blasted the ball high over the bar.
Former Jags forward Liam Baxter then scuffed a shot wide as Forres continued to dominate proceedings.
James Fraser and Shaun Carrol both got yellow cards in quick succession for hauling back Forres dangerman Dachi Khutsishvilli.
Buckie were denied an equaliser when Chris Hegarty’s 30 yard free-kick was brilliantly palmed away by keeper Stuart Knight and within a minute Stuart Soane headed Forres 3-1 ahead from a Simon Allan corner.
The Mechanics started the second half in top gear and surged further ahead when McGovern headed home another Allan corner and then Lee Fraser reacted quickest to a McGovern shot which came back off a post to fire home for 5-1.
Finlayson was sent off on the hour mark for kicking out at Paul Napier and this breathed new life into Jags who pulled a goal back two minutes later when sub Stuart Taylor swept the ball home from close range.
Buckie huffed and puffed but never really threatened a solid Forres defence.
And the visitors put the icing on the cake deep into added time when MacPherson neatly lobbed Sim from the edge of the box.
Buckie: Sim, Hegarty (S Wood 55), Carrol, D Wood, MacRae, Angus, J Fraser (Taylor 55), K Fraser, Wyness, Napier, Cheyne (Copeland 53). Not used: Scott, Gauld, Munro, Patterson.
Forres: Knight, Allan (Moore 59), Grant, MacPherson, L Fraser (Blackett 80), McGovern, Baxter (Howard 67), S Fraser, Khutsishvilli, Finlayson, Soane. Not used: McLellan, Hutcheson, Forbes, Simpson.