STAR striker John McLeod was physically sick at half-time but shrugged off illness to bang in two crucial goals for Buckie in their 5-2 win at Fraserburgh.
The win puts them just two wins away from the Highland League title.
McLeod revealed he almost came off at the break, with his side leading through two Chris Angus’ goals.
“I was struggling with the cold on Monday and Tuesday and was sick at half-time. I wasn’t feeling great but I battled through because I knew how big a game this was.
“Spider did ask how I was doing and I said I was pretty stuffed but I would keepo going.”
Buckie fans are delighted he did as McLeod fired a brace in the second half, either side of a Lewis MacKinnon free kick, which gave them a vital three points, which keeps them clear of Brora on goal difference and two points ahead of Cove Rangers who were reduced to eight men before snatching a late goal in a 1-1 draw at Turriff Utd.
“We have to get on with our own job. We have another hard place to go on Saturday but we will just get on and do it. Not many teams come here and score five.
Buckie go to Formartine on Saturday knowing that another win will set them up to secure the title at home on the last day of the season against Strathspey Thistle. Brora play Fort William in their final game this weekend, while Cove face Lossiemouth back to back to end their campaign.
Buckie manager Graeme Stewart said: “Fraserburgh worked so hard and gave everything, so fair play to our guys because they battled just as hard.
“They know this is an opportunity which might never come around again, we hope it does, so they don’t want to let it go and we will fight as hard as we can to try and win it.
“We know we need to win our game on Saturday. We almost took John off before he scored but he scored his first and he got a new lease of life, so we kept him on.
“The scoreline probably flattered us a little but but we played well and deserved to win the game.
“We are top of the league for a reason, because we have been playing well. If we don’t win it, it is not because of a lack of preparation or anything else.”