Highland league: Champions Buckie learn of pressure success brings

CHRIS Angus hammered in a double against former club Huntly to bolster Buckie Thistle's bid for two titles in a row.

The 20-year-old defender, a joiner working for Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne's building firm, praised Buckie's unbreakable spirit. With the Jags having ended a 52-year wait for the championship last season, Angus believes every game this season has been a tougher test.

"Although we are top of the league games are a lot more difficult this season. We will have to raise our game every single week to keep this form going. There are a lot of good teams in the Highland League this year, but teams like Cove and Inverurie are dropping points so we've just got to keep our winning mentality strong."

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Huntly started well and Peter Bruce cracked home the opener after only ten minutes. But Buckie replied just before half-time when Andy Low's shot was saved before Angus scored on the rebound.

The deserved winner came with three minutes remaining as Angus met a Stephen Bruce knock-down to clinch full points.

Elsewhere, Cove Rangers recovered some ground after poor form, beating Brora 2-0 in Sutherland. Inverurie Locos kept up their challenge, but only after a scrambled 3-2 victory over strugglers Rothes.

Turiff United slipped three points behind Buckie after losing out 2-1 away to Deveronvale, with Michele Lombardi hitting the home winner.

Unfancied Nairn County, meanwhile, are threatening to mount a title challenge after storming back from 2-0 down at Keith to win 3-2. Shaun Kerr sealed victory for Les Fridge's side who now sit sixth, seven points behind the leaders.

Formartine lost ground in the title race after crashing 4-0 at home to Forres. Fraserburgh were held to a 2-2 draw at home to lowly Strathspey, while Fort William's woes heightened after an 8-1 crushing at Wick.

Clach and Lossiemouth shared four goals in Inverness.