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Highland League: Buckie Thistle beat leaders Brechin City at the death, Ben Barron treble floors Deveronvale and Fraserburgh hit Huntly for six

By Craig Christie

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Buckie Thistle closed the gap on Highland League leaders Brechin City with a crucial 3-2 victory at Glebe Park on Saturday.

Max Barry (left) was Buckie Thistle double goal hero at Brechin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Max Barry (left) was Buckie Thistle double goal hero at Brechin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Brechin beat Buckie twice last season including a late double in the last day title decider at Victoria Park.

But Max Barry's 89th minute winner took Jags nine points behind City with four games in hand to play and the teams still have to meet in Buckie this season.

Danny Handling's 13th minute opener for Brechin was cancelled out within 60 seconds by a Barry equaliser.

Josh Peters struck for Buckie on 55 minutes against his former Elgin City manager Gavin Price to put the visitors ahead.

Ross County loan striker Matty Wright levelled for City with ten minutes to go but Barry's second at the death gave Jags a priceless victory.

Latest league standings
Latest league standings

Huntly were hampered by an early red card for Ross Still as they crashed 6-0 at Fraserburgh.

Sean Butcher's 100th goal for Broch gave them an early lead, before a high tackle by Still on 13 minutes earned the midfielder a straight red card.

It stayed 1-0 until early in the second half with Huntly keeper Fraser Hobday saving a Ryan Sargent penalty.

But Sargent soon made it 2-0 and doubles by Kieran Simpson and Scott Barbour took the home side to a convincing win.

Turriff United drew their first game of the season as Murray Cormack's 88th minute strike pegged back a visiting Brora Rangers side.

Reece McKeown struck first for Turriff with Kyle MacLeod levelling for Brora on the hour and Dale Gillespie's penalty putting the Cattachs ahead until Cormack's late intervention.

Rothes missed a penalty in their goalless draw at home to Keith, Michael Finnis' kick saved by Maroons keeper Craig Reid.

Nairn County had Elgin City loan striker Ben Barron to thank for a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Deveronvale.

Barron's third minute opener was cancelled out by teenager Jack Mitchell's leveller, but Harry Hennem restored the County lead at the break.

Barron struck twice in a 15-minute spell after the break, sandwiching a Jamie MacLellan strike for the visitors.

Wick Academy were 3-0 winners at home to Lossiemouth, Gary Pullen, James Leslie own goal and Kyle Henderson on the scoresheet.

In the early kick-off, bottom side Strathspey Thistle lost 2-0 at home to Inverurie Locos through first half goals by Callum Duncan and Myles Gaffney.

Forres Mechanics' clash with Formartine United and second-placed Banks O' Dee's trip to Clach fell victim to the weather.

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