BUCKIE went some way to getting a 10-3 drubbing at Formartine out of their system when they thumped Fort William 6-2 to usher in the new year.
Sunday’s win at a rain-lashed Victoria Park was the perfect pick-me-up after the previous Monday’s demolition at Pitmedden.
And after conceding 16 goals in back-to-back festive defeats by Nairn and Formartine, it was vital that Buckie bounced back. And they did that in an entertaining first half against Fort William.
A double from Kevin Fraser (11 and 39), Stuart Taylor (25), a superb strike from Kai Ross (27) and a debut goal for returning Peterhead loanee Scott Adams (33) did the damage in the first half.
A Chris Angus own goal from a Fort William corner saw new signing Ross Salmon pick the ball out of his net – virtually his only involvement of note in the opening 45 minutes – as Buckie put the game to bed in style.
The big concern at half-time was that some areas of the pitch were starting to retain water following incessant rain.
Referee Dan McFarlane spoke to both managers and confirmed he was considering abandoning the game if conditions got any worse.
After 59 minutes Taylor made it 6-1 following a mistake by the Fort keeper, and Buckie players, management and fans were keeping their fingers crossed that the pitch did not get worse.
Iain MacLellan pulled a second back for the visitors with 17 minutes remaining and Salmon had to produce a good save to deny them a third late on.
Buckie manager Graeme Stewart said: “The second half was just about finishing the game because we had done all the hard work in the first half. We knew how important it was to put the previous two games behind us and hopefully the boys have got them out of their system and we can move on.
“Fort have some decent players and caused us problems in the second half, but the game was finished by that point and we were just trying to see it out.”
Stewart was impressed by both Salmon and Adams on their debuts. “Scotty is class, but we knew that from the last time and Ross was speaking well and communicating at the back. They will be big additions to our squad for the rest of the season,” he said.
Donnie Munro and Lewis Mackinnon should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Turriff, but Iain Macrae and Jay Cheyne are still a couple of weeks away from a return.
“We beat Turriff here so we want to do the double over them,” added Stewart.
Former Jags keeper Kevin Main and his Turriff goalkeeping coach Graeme Roy, both Buckie lads, were interested spectators on Sunday.