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BOSS  Graeme Stewart was still “reasonably pleased” with the performance despite the Jags becoming the first team to drop any point to Rothes this season in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw.

The Jags were twice pegged back by the struggling Speysiders, with former Buckie striker Craig Macmillan converting two penalties – the vital one just five minutes from the end.

Kyle Gauld had given Buckie a first half lead and Dennis Wyness put them 2-1 ahead with 16 minutes remaining. But the second penalty for Rothes made it honours even.

“I was not disappointed with the performance as we probably had about 80 per cent possession and we passed the ball well,” said Stewart.

“We should have won comfortably because we made lots of chances and had about five sitters.”

Stewart admitted that stupid mistakes contrived to concede both penalties with young players Robert Scott and Stuart Hodge missing chances to clear and experienced players Andy Low and Chris Hegarty lunging into challenges.

“Rothes worked hard and with a new manager in they stepped it up a bit,” added Stewart.

“We are getting the team to play a totally different way this season and they are adapting to it all the time. If we can add a couple more players we are going to be a really good team.

“We need a striker who will get us 20 to 25 goals a season. We have a lot of good attacking players who can get five to 10.”

The Jags face the challenge of trying to become the first team to take something from league leaders Cove Rangers this Saturday.

Cove have a 100 per cent record and are strong favourites to extend their winning run to 15 league games at home to Rothes on Wednesday night.

Stewart said: “We played them in the first game of the season and gave them a good game. If we play the way we can I am confident we can get something out of the game.”

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