A BELOW par performance from Nairn County allowed Buckie Thistle to take all three points from Station Park and in the process, draw level with their hosts in the Highland League table.
Before kick off, a minute's applause was held in memory of former Nairn manager Innes Macdonald, still the only man to guide the club to the league championship in their 100 years as members of the Highland League during that memorable 1975/76 season. Innes passed away last week at the age of 85.
County had goalkeeper Calum Antell to thank for preventing them from falling behind in the first half with only a string of impressive saves from the stopper keeping Buckie at bay with County relieved to go in at the break still level.
However, for the second game in a row the hosts fell asleep at the start of the second half with Chris Angus free to clip the ball over the advancing Antell and put the visitors ahead.
Nairn were back on level terms soon after though as a short passback was seized upon by Robbie Duncanson. He drew the goalkeeper from his line and then cut the ball back for Conor Gethins to slam home via the underside of the crossbar.
Another defensive lapse allowed Buckie to edge in front again though shortly after Nairn equalised as Scott Adams was allowed to stride down the left from inside his own half before firing home a low drive which beat Antell at his near post.
Despite Nairn finishing the game with four strikers on the pitch, defender Sean Webb being thrown into attack and the dismissal of Buckie's Jay Cheyne 10 minutes from time, the hosts failed to carve out any clear cut chances to level things again as Buckie claimed the win to make it six points from six against Nairn this season.
Pictures by Donald Matheson