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Buckie Thistle moved into fifth spot in the HFL on Saturday after a dramatic 5-4 victory over Strathspey Thistle at Grantown.

However, the celebrations were tempered by injury to Jags assistant manager and experienced centre-half Lewis MacKinnon .

Chris Hegarty deputised in the slot alongside Iain MacRae in the heart of the Thistle defence.

Unusually for Buckie, the team were to ship four goals by the end of the 90 minutes, although an early strike from Chris Angus in the 5th minute, a fine solo effort from Kevin Fraser five minutes before half time, followed by second half efforts from MacCrae (47 minutes), a great take down and strike from on-fire striker Dennis Wyness and a late penalty converted by Shaun Carrol after Angus was upended were enough to seal the points for the visitors.

Jags boss Graeme Stewart confirmed: “ Lewis has pulled his hamstring and will be out for at least two weeks, maybe three or four, it all depends.

“He’ll definitely miss Wednesday night’s game against Forres but we hope to have him back for the Scottish Cup tie on the 24th.

“He was a huge loss and it affected our defence; he’s got a big presence in the defence and has formed a solid partnership with Iain.

“Lewis is also a great organiser for set-pieces and we’ll have to look at doing something else here during his absence.

On Saturday we lost some sloppy goals and I’d put three out of Strathspey’s four goals down to Lewis’s absence.”

Despite the tight scoreline Stewart insisted his team were more commanding than the goal count at first suggests.

“We could’ve easily had eight or nine goals. Three shots came back off the inside of the post and we missed a couple of one-on-ones as well.

“The fans certainly got their money’s worth, that’s for sure, and I’m pretty pleased with the overall performance.”

A challenge of a different order awaits tomorrow evening when Forres Mechanics are the guests at Victoria Park.

Stewart added: “Forres are always a physical side and are a big side.

“In contrast, we’re a smaller team overall and rely on passing more than throwing the ball around in the air.

“However, we’ll be working on our strategy in training.”

Wednesday’s game is an 8pm kick-off.

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