Buckie Thistle positive despite defeat to Brechin City

Buckie Thistle boss Graeme Stewart was disappointed to bow out of the Scottish Cup with a 3-2 defeat to Brechin City in the third round.

John McLeod had the Highland League champions ahead at Victoria Park before Jordan Sinclair equalised, but McLeod struck again to give the Jags a lead at the break.

But a second half double from Issac Layne won it for the Championship Hedgemen.

Stewart said: “I’m proud of the lads, we played well and considering the injuries and people we had missing it was a great performance taking a Championship club very close.

“They were wasting time at the end which was a compliment to my team. We didn’t have many options but we had a game plan which worked and we probably should have won, but the least we deserved was a draw.”

Buckie were without key players such as captain Kevin Fraser, Chris Angus and Sam Urquhart.

Stewart added: “We were missing three of the best players in the league which made it a massive ask. We didn’t have enough on the bench because of injuries and fitness but our heads are held high.”